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.