Friday, January 29, 2010

JON STEWART SLAMS CHRIS MATTHEWS



Wyatt Cenac's bit in the middle is great.

I hadn't known much about Matthews before. Now I think he's interesting, as confused old white liberals go. In the '60s, he did the Peace Corps in Swaziland. He admires Saul Alinsky. When Obama and Clinton were competing, he got a lot of flak for saying the truth about Clinton: "I'll be brutal, the reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around. That's how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn't win there on her merit." He's been a longtime Obama supporter; during the campaign, he said, "I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often." Conservatives got all over his ass and NBC's for bias because of that.

On the other hand, at Matthews Rips Dem Congressman: 'You're Pandering to the Netroots' he sounds like a typical clueless old liberal.

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  1. When Obama and Clinton were competing, he got a lot of flak for saying the truth about Clinton: "I'll be brutal, the reason she's a U.S. senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around. That's how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn't win there on her merit."

    To risk asking Atticus Finch's dangerous question:
    "Do you really think so?"

    Do you really think she was a National Merit Finalist because of her husband? That she was President of the College Republicans (though she converted to Democrats when she wrote a poli-sci term paper on Alinsky) because of her husband? That her Wellesley address was covered in Life because of her husband? That she was a Watergate legal counsel because of her husband?

    Oh, wait, those achievements happened before she had a husband. Never mind. ;-/

    Do you really think that New Yorkers are stupid enough to think "Well, she's not qualified to be Senator, but I feel sorry for her because her husband cheated on her, so she gets my vote."?

    You may not know much about Matthews, but I've been listening to Tweety for the last 15 years, and two things are clear about him.

    1) He hates the Clintons with a passion.
    2) He's never endorsed a woman politician. He may not come right out and say women belong in the kitchen, but he thinks women are for looking at, not for leading.

    He may be right that Hillary did garner a sympathy vote. She was running neck and neck with Rick Lazio when he made a fatal mistake by crossing the podium and trying to force her to sign a pledge. He looked like he was mugging her. In that moment, Lazio (who's a head taller than Ms. Clinton) looked like every father, brother, boyfriend, husband, etc. who's bullied a shorter, smaller woman. In that moment, something in the minds of most women voters went *click* and their votes went to Hillary.

    Now, if Tweety said "The only reason she won her first race for Senate is because Lazio bullied her." then it would be accurate enough that I wouldn't have a problem. But since Tweety is an old school sexist (and rabid Clinton hater), he couldn't leave well enough alone. :-)

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  2. Blue, a similar objection was raised on my LJ, where I said:

    But what were her political credits before she ran for Senator? The main thing I remember is her husband let her take the lead on health care, and she bungled that as badly as Obama's bungling it now. Compare her to someone like Shirley Chisholm who worked her way up, and she's just a rich person exploiting her wealth.

    Which isn't to say that anyone needs more credits than being rich, of course. But even JFK did time in the House before going after the Senate.


    Now, Tweety may be a sexist jerk, and he certainly loves rhetorical exaggeration, but Clinton's political credits were mighty slim.

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