Thursday, January 28, 2010

kind of defending Chris Matthews

After Obama's State of the Union, Chris Matthews said, “I forgot he was black tonight for an hour." Immediately, race-not-class liberals began mocking the old guy for speaking about race in ways that're dated.

Apparently, Matthews was supposed to be watching Obama while thinking, "Black. He's black. He's so black. Damn, but that is one black man. Black, black, blackittyblack. Wait? Did he just say something about gays in the military? He must've meant black gays in the military. 'Cause he is B-L-A-C-K, that's for damn sure."

For an hour, Matthews was seeing a US president, not a black man. Maybe for the first hour in his life, he actually wasn't seeing through racist eyes. If you can't give him credit for that, at least cut him slack.

ETA: Just to be clear, when I heard what Matthews said, I rolled my eyes, too. First Harry Reid uses terminology from the '60s, then Chris Matthews uses the color-blind metaphor that was popular in the '70s. But for all his sins, Chris Matthews should not be fired just because he was praising Obama in an old-fashioned way.


  1. Had it been followed by the words, "It made me realize how I had been viewing him all along" or something else to suggest that Matthews gets that the problem is Matthews, I would.

  2. My most profound thought on this was "Who the hell is Chris Matthews?". *now going back to my non-cable existence*

  3. serial, yeah. If he was on Fox, I might care more.

  4. Ah, well, I probably wouldn't know who half commentators on Fox were either. Also, the last time I watched a state of the union address was back in the Reagan era and we had the sound turned all the way down at the time so that Reagan looked like he was lip sinking to a Jefferson Airplane song. Apparently I prefer my rhetoric in written form.

  5. He wrote a very entertaining book called "Hardball" a few decades ago that I got ahold of in high school. I loved that book and still find myself mentally applying some of the concepts it taught me when I watch political gamesmanship.