On last night’s edition of HardSoftball, Chris Matthews hosted The Dixie Chicks. Maines blamed Free Republic’s Nixonian “hate list;” band member Martie Maguire referred to conservative Internet users on F/R as “fundamentalist” Christians.

They insult their audience, insult the President, blame Free Republic, and still wonder why people don’t like them. Emily Robison chimed in and blamed–*gasp*–corporate America for ordering local music stations to stop playing their music. When will these dolts understand that they caused their own downfall? Not “fundamentalist” Christians, not Free Republic, not corporate America.

After a commercial break, (not shown in video) host Chris Matthews attacked those against the Dixie Chicks for “obedience.” Obedience to what, Chris? I suppose the Dixie Chicks’ demise is yet another Krazy Karl Konspiracy.

(h/t Newsbusters)

Update (Allahpundit): Here’s what happens when you open posting privileges to the public:

I am an Iraqi Freedom Veteran by choice. The leaders of our nation asked for warriors and like so many before and now with me I answered our nations call. I exercised my free speech by once again taking the oath to defend everyone else’s, including the Dixie Chicks, whose idea of being silenced is decreased record sales.

You can rip on the President all you want. But as I recall, sitting alone in a chow hall Thanksgiving day 2003 and reflecting on the friends I wasn’t able to save, a man who I am proud of, who believes in the fight we are in for our survival, made me so proud as he broke bread with us in Iraq, his name is George W. Bush. To this day when I think of that moment and all the things I was feeling I still fight back tears, having witnessed the love of this man for his soldiers he puts in harms way, and that is nothing I will ever be ashamed of.

Go to hell Dixie Chicks!

Update (Allahpundit): Here’s the movie ad that NBC won’t air, which brilliantly links the Chicks’ declining popularity to the absence of WMDs in Iraq.