I’ve always been a fan of Chris Matthews. The MSNBC host and commentator has long been willing to criticize his fellow Democrats and was one of the few national figures to admit that Bill Clinton was a slimeball back in ’98 when the Lewinsky scandal broke. Matthews has always been pretty transparent in terms of his political allegiance and his world view, so much so that most people (including me) gave him a free pass when during the Democrat primaries earlier this year he spoke of the tingle that he gets when he hears Barack Obama speak. The reason for this permissiveness is that Matthews’ history of being tough on politicians from both parties bought him a lot of credibility.
But now Matthews has crossed a line that can’t be uncrossed. On air, chatting with the always boring Joe Scarborough, Matthews made this bizarre statement. “I want to do everything to make this work, this new pesidency to work.” Scarborough responded with the only question appropriate under the circumstances: “Is that your job?” Replied Matthews, “Yeah, that is my job. My job is to help this country…this county needs a successful presidency more than anything right now.”
Chris Matthews, your accumulated professional capital is worth nothing now. You’ve just admitted that you’re in the bag for a politician and that you’re more interested in making that politician successful than you are in doing your actual job (the one that MSNBC pays you to do), and that means that it’s time for you to resign your post and mail a resumé to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
It’s a shame, too, because with the passing of Tim Russert you were the last liberal journalist I trusted.
John McCain wasn’t originally my guy – I was a Huckabee man in the primaries – but I’m proud to have voted for such a great and accomplished American for president. In his concession speech McCain showed that he possesses class and self-possession that Barack Obama can only dream of.
You can expect this blog to remain mostly silent for the foreseeable future, but I remain a committed supporter of conservative Republican principles. There will be postings from time to time and I’ll use this blog as an outlet for my philosophical murmurings when my wife gets tired of listening to me. Most of all, I’ll be watching and waiting for Mike Huckabee to signal his intentions with regard to 2012.
Pray for Barack Obama. He’s our president for the next four years and there’s nothing to do now but hope for the best.
If suffering builds character and struggling builds strength, then John McCain is a very strong man of great character. His life story is well known, but just in case you missed it, he is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis MD, he served heroically during the USS Forrestal fire, suffering injuries while attempting to save another pilot from the flames and explosions. Later McCain was shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire, held captive for more than five years, and endured countless beatings and torture sessions both before and after refusing to be released ahead of other prisoners who had been held longer. By the time he retired from the navy in 1981, McCain had received 17 awards and decorations, including a Silver Star, Legion of Merit with a combat V and a gold star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with a combat V and two gold stars, two additional Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, and others.
A short question: what is the hardest thing Barack Obama has ever done? Was it the long flight from Hawaii to his first college in California? Was it his successful application to Harvard? Maybe it was serving in the un-prestigious Illinois state assembly.