Video: Matthews fascinated with Bush’s Lieberman kiss

posted at 4:04 am on August 9, 2006 by Ian

Sean Smith, Lieberman’s campaign manager joined Chris Matthews on a special edition of Hardball at 1am this morning. Matthews seemed especially, okay, practically obsessed with President Bush’s so-called infamous kiss on the cheek.

Matthews spent several minutes asking Smith if Bush or the White House contacted the campaign, he even went as far to inquire if Karl Rove has. Smith, who was surprised, answered “no”. However, the interrogation didn’t stop there. Matthews continued his line of questioning: “Do you expect to hear from the President?”, Will the campaign “ask the President to come into Connecticut and campaign for Senator Lieberman?”, “Have you ruled out accepting an endorsement from President Bush?”.

Towards the end of the interview Matthews made it clear what this was all about, a kiss on the cheek.

Full transcript below.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Has there been any contact with the White House since the results came in from your campaign? Has the President called to console Senator Lieberman? Have you heard any communication from Karl Rove or other people in the White House about what happened here in Connecticut today?

SEAN SMITH, LIEBERMAN CAMPAIGN MANAGER: No, no, not at all.

MATTHEWS: Do you expect to hear from the President?

SMITH: I do not, I do not. I expect Senator Lieberman is going to hear, though, from people in his own party and from his friends in collegues in the United States Senate and from well wishers all over the country.

MATTHEWS: Are you going to ask or is your campaign or the candidate going to ask the President to come into Connecticut and campaign for Senator Lieberman on the Independent ticket?

SMITH: President Bush?

MATTHEWS: Yes.

SMITH: Yeah, no, I don’t think so.

MATTHEWS: Have you ruled out accepting an endorsement from President Bush?

SMITH: I can’t imagine a scenario where President Bush would support Joe Lieberman, this is a man who ran against him twice for national office, a man who is opposed to him on nearly initiative from tax cuts to wealthy to social security privatization and been very critical despite supporting over all goals in Iraq. Been very critical of the handling and manage

MATTHEWS: [in protest] But George Bush kissed Joe Lieberman, he kissed him on national television. Don’t you expect him to endorse him?

SMITH: [laughing] No, I don’t think so.


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… this is a man who ran against him twice for national office, a man who is opposed to him on nearly initiative from tax cuts to wealthy to social security privatization and been very critical despite supporting over all goals in Iraq. Been very critical of the handling and manage

Badly scripted talking points, for distance.

I think I can see why Lieberman lost (well, was going to lose, even granted everything else was equal). They played him on his opponents turf. I think those talking points probably lost him votes he could of otherwise had.

Ah, well. The DNC steps one more step left. Big Tent party, was it?

Axe on August 9, 2006 at 5:13 AM

I think Matthews is simply a voyeur. SICK-O!!!!

dallas94 on August 9, 2006 at 8:34 AM

This is hard to comment on … Matthews is just so dang creepy … yuck

wytammic on August 9, 2006 at 9:48 AM

Chris sounds a little jealous.

speed647 on August 9, 2006 at 10:05 AM

No, it is the Bush nature. It is what he is: a backstabber.
He kissed Libermann and he kissed the Reagan conservatives…..while stabbing us in the back….He is a ‘judas’ by nature.

LZVandy on August 9, 2006 at 10:43 AM

Matthews is just setting the stage for the general election (being that Matthews is just as kooky as the rest of the moonbats). The theme will continue – Lieberman kissing Bush and siding with the Republicans. Dems will lose in November. The far left is celebrating last night, but come November, all the people will speak.

Rick on August 9, 2006 at 11:26 AM

Matthews is a small time commentator and talk show host on a very low rated program on an even lower rated cable network. In other words, who cares what he has to say?

LZVandy: While Bush is no Reagan Conservative and has suffered as much criticism from conservatives as from liberals, under his watch the economy has been doing great, the budget deficit (I hate it) is going down because of the significant increases in income to the Treasury due to Bush tax cuts. While we can all criticize various aspects of the war in Iraq, Bush has led a robust, no nonsense war on terror and has stayed true to his principles, we know that because he is equally attacked by those on the left and right.

Please stop drinking the liberal kool aid, it rots the brain!

Umnumzana on August 9, 2006 at 11:31 AM

On the West Coast this came on at 10:00p.m. – my adrenaline was still pumped from the McKinney loss. “Oh, what a night”.

In a strange way, even though I rooted for him, I wasn’t sad that Mr. Lieberman lost. Yesterday was a very significant day in the history of the Democrat party and it opened up a clear fork in the road for all Americans to consider – survive or perish? Yet, who the competitors are on American Idol seems more important…maybe this Rome is slowly ‘dying’.

I used to watch C. Matthews a few years ago on election nights because he loves the political ‘game’ or machinery and had respect for whoever won, even if his party lost.

Haven’t watched him since mid 2005. It was scary to see him again last night. He looked and acted crazed. He was shocked when Mr. Schlesinger said “now the Republicans have a better chance”. He was down right mad that Mr. Lieberman wouldn’t support the Leftie.

Chris is looney these days but make no mistake he isn’t a dummy. He feels what is yet to come for his party. He also senses that the Rove machine isn’t finished yet.

He is also culturally inept for thinking too much of a male kiss. It happens in Europe, the Middle East and many cultures and means nothing more than a greeting.

Entelechy on August 9, 2006 at 12:07 PM

Thought “the kiss” was reminiscent of Michael Corleone planting one on Fredo….(turns out I was right!!!)

honora on August 10, 2006 at 2:00 PM