Last Thursday, Chris Matthews claimed on “Hardball” that he knew how President Obama felt when he is criticized for attempting to take the middle ground: “Take it from a centrist, I know what it’s like.”
Centrist? Matthews? Let’s review.
In October 2009, while discussing Afghanistan with Frank Gaffney, Matthews explained, “The group in this country that most resembles the Taliban, ironically, is the religious right.”
In late October 2010, Matthews compared a Rand Paul supporter restraining a MoveOn.org supporter in this way: “I mean it isn’t far from what we saw in the thirties, where all of a sudden, political parties started showing up in uniform … Name the last liberal progressive candidate who hired a private army, the last one that was stomping his political, her political opponents in the street? … Well we see different kinds of passion here, don’t we? We see one passion being reporters trying to get stories in Alaska so they could undercover skull-duggery. We have the passion of a woman who shows up to demonstrate with a wig on and a placard and then we see the passion of the other side, which is to hire armies of paramilitaries and stomp people.”
In January 2011, Matthews blamed George W. Bush for the events in Egypt: “The demonstrations have not yet turned anti-American, but they could. These are the events the Bush administration hoped to encourage by lying about weapons of mass destruction and invading Iraq.”
On Bill Maher’s show in June 2011, Matthews commented, “The scariest thing, a guy of limited mental power, George W. Bush, talked this country [into the war in Iraq] … that’s the scariest part … This wasn’t Winston Churchill. This was a guy, about a little bit below average in ability and he talked this country into war.”
If “tingle-up-his-leg” Chris Matthews is a centrist, then Al Sharpton is a race relations guru. Sadly, the brass at MSNBC probably thinks both those statements are true.