Video: Serious, respected political commentator gets misty over Obama

posted at 1:47 pm on January 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

The ‘Busters found it but their clip omits the obligatory comparisons to Lincoln, Churchill, and JFK so here’s the extended cut. This makes three examples of Matthews emoting over Obama on the air in as many weeks, starting with near-tears as the returns came in from New Hampshire and since settling down into him clutching his chest at the mention of Obama’s name and sighing despondently when considering his prospects. The man the nutroots knows as Tweety famously seems to have no internal filter between what passes through his head and what emerges from his mouth, so this sort of cringing adoration is natural to him. But rest assured, you’ll be hearing this same argument in more polished form from every corner of the media if and when the dream is squelched, particularly if it’s a Republican who ends up driving those nine-inch nails into the cross. (Although it probably won’t be.) If it’s Hillary, then this is a sweet narrative indeed: The Democrats have been banking for four years on Hope and Change and Hatred of Bush to send their base into a frenzy for this election, but having “the machine” run over John Henry on her way to the general will provide a nice, dispiriting splash of cold water.

A point left unmade here, as it always, always is: For all the paradigm-shifting magic and wonder of the Obama candidacy, his actual policies are largely indistinguishable from Clinton’s. He’s a “dreamer,” fine. What is it he’s dreaming about that Hillary isn’t?


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*sighs* Sad, old hippies.

ThePrez on January 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Chris Matthews needs to stop accepting the drugs Obama keeps getting him.

BKennedy on January 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Obama’s “Bigger Idea” is only “Im not Hillary”

William Amos on January 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Boo-f***king-hoo, Mr. SoftballScrewball.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM

And BTW that is typical liberalism. Talk so much BS about flashwords like “Hope” and “Change” and apply it to decades old socalistic programs as if to make it “New and Improved”

William Amos on January 30, 2008 at 1:55 PM

I’d be unworthy of the high trust that’s been placed in me if I didn’t do everything in my power to keep our beloved America in peace with the world. I’d be only too happy to meet with Messiah Obama, and offer him on behalf of my country the right hand of good fellowship. And I feel sure he will accept this gesture in the spirit of which it is offered. But suppose he doesn’t. A fine thing that’ll be. I hold out my hand and he refuses to accept. That’ll add a lot to my prestige, won’t it? Me, the head of a the Chris Matthews , snubbed by the Messiah Obama. Who does he think he is, that he can come here, and make a sap of me in front of all my people? Think of it – I hold out my hand and that hyena refuses to accept. Why, the cheap ball-pushing swine, he’ll never get away with it I tell you, he’ll never get away with it.

Kini on January 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

but their clip omits the obligatory comparisons to Lincoln, Churchill, and JFK so here’s the extended cut.

He’s caught the same fever that Fred was passing. But he is also right, the machine always eats the idealism. In this case, as you rightly point out, it’s not Obama that has the idealism, but really his supporters.

Spirit of 1776 on January 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

This ass-clown makes my girlfriend look like a lumberjack.

Geronimo on January 30, 2008 at 1:57 PM

How the hell is Churchill the “fan of everybody” when he was one of the most anti-socialism politians in history. Granted, I think he’s amazing and love his quotes, but with how far left our Democrats have strayed, one would think they’d find more common cause with the National Socialist Party, Marxism and Maoism.

Who knows, maybe he’s a closet free market capitialist loving Republican who just is running a life long campaign for the wrong party.

Joek7132 on January 30, 2008 at 1:57 PM

What is it he’s dreaming about that Hillary isn’t?

Barack Obama in the White House? Just a guess….

calbear on January 30, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Don’t you just love the totally non-biased Chris Matthews?
What is the big fuss about Obama? These supposedly soaring speeches of his are almost entirely devoid of concrete ideas, other than surrender in Iraq and HillaryCare.
He is the lightest of political lightweights. Compared to Obama, Silky is a political colossus.

infidel65 on January 30, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Did he say Paul Tsongas? Bwahahahahahah!
RIP

Geronimo on January 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Everybody has a dream but if you have no plan or even idea of making it happen, then you are just a dreamer.
.
PS- I need a laugh video to lift my spirits from all this depresing news of McCain’t ect ect

abinitioadinfinitum on January 30, 2008 at 2:03 PM

he drooled talking about Cheney last year, now misty eyed over Obama?

jp on January 30, 2008 at 2:04 PM

depressing, duh

abinitioadinfinitum on January 30, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Obama is for change!! Hillary isn’t.

The evidence is clear:

Obama = Change
Hillary = Not Change

And puppies… Obama = Change + Puppies

Hoodlumman on January 30, 2008 at 2:05 PM

I think it’s time for Chrissy to begin hormone replacement therapy.

Squarestate on January 30, 2008 at 2:05 PM

What is the big fuss about Obama? These supposedly soaring speeches of his are almost entirely devoid of concrete ideas, other than surrender in Iraq and HillaryCare.

Which is exactly what the liberals love. No policy, just happy feel-good words which they can interpret however they please.

Grafted on January 30, 2008 at 2:06 PM

That little worm Matthews is nothing but an over emotional political parasite and Scarborough is a parasite enabler. enough of these jerks.

rplat on January 30, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Such a tool.

dingbat on January 30, 2008 at 2:07 PM

*sighs* Sad, old hippies.

ThePrez on January 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

I’ll be glad when that portion of the “boomer” generation dies off. You can pretty much trace most of the ills affecting this country, possibly the world for that matter, directly to them. Besides that, they smell.

Brass Pair on January 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Gasbags.

MarkJudge on January 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Besides that, they smell.

Brass Pair on January 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

http://www.boomerdeathcounter.com/

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM

http://www.boomerdeathcounter.com/

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Geez thanks Im in that demographic.

William Amos on January 30, 2008 at 2:17 PM

but having “the machine” run over John Henry on her way to the general will provide a nice, dispiriting splash of cold water.

Did you equate Obama to John Henry because he’s black? Oh, so he’s the black candidate now, ya right wing racist?

You won’t catch Mr. & Mrs. Clinton pulling that crap.

Mark V. on January 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

What a band of jerks: this is like the male version of the View.

Tweety, or Twitty, should stay at home in his bed each morning dreaming about bigger and better things.

Pax americana on January 30, 2008 at 2:22 PM

New and Improved”

I’ve often wondered, as I’m sure most of you great thinkers have as well: If it is Improved how can it be New and vis-versa. Hmmmm? Anybody?

kcd on January 30, 2008 at 2:26 PM

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Not all us boomers are smelly old hippies. Smelly and old yes but hippies, No. :)

abinitioadinfinitum on January 30, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Not all us boomers are smelly old hippies. Smelly and old yes but hippies, No. :)

abinitioadinfinitum on January 30, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Hey, I resemble that remark!

Kini on January 30, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Chris Matthews often acts like the son who didn’t live up to his daddy’s expectations of him.

Entelechy on January 30, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Matthews needs to see a doctor and have his hormones checked. Seriously.

Blake on January 30, 2008 at 2:36 PM

This is the same Chris Matthews who has puppy love for Bill Clinton. He actually aid on the Colbert Report that if young men want to learn how to get the prettiest ladies in their colleges or at work, they should study Bill Clinton’s dating techniques. Matthews got teary eyed when he discussed how Bill Clinton “listened to women” and how Bill Clinton “look them in the eye” and then stole their hearts. Chris Matthews is reminds me of the Crispin glover character in Back to the Future who keeps getting manhandled by the bully Biff.
Yes, if I want to be just like Bill Clinton with the ladies, I will follow the same “listening” technique that Bill Clinton used. But then again, I don’t recall him “listening” to Paula Jones in the hotel room in Little Rock. As for his relationship with Gennifer Flowers, it does not appear that Mr. Clinton stopped long enough to listen. And does anyone recall Mr. Clinton listening to Monica Lewinsky’s most heart felt desires? Only Chris Matthews could buy into this Clinton syrup.

Larraby on January 30, 2008 at 2:36 PM

For all the paradigm-shifting magic and wonder of the Obama candidacy, his actual policies are largely indistinguishable from Clinton’s.

I would be more much more impressed with Obama if actually parted from his party on at least ONE issue.

terryannonline on January 30, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Wow, these guys should be doing the football halftime.

2Tru2Tru on January 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Kini on January 30, 2008 at 2:31 PM

c’mon Kini, you know you were a hippy back in the day. :)

abinitioadinfinitum on January 30, 2008 at 2:51 PM

But rest assured, you’ll be hearing this same argument in more polished form from every corner of the media if and when the dream is squelched, particularly if it’s a Republican who ends up driving those nine-inch nails into the cross.

Are you capable of making a political commentary without, also, making yet another snide reference to the Messiah that you reject?

Your conduct is pathological.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 30, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Wait… Nixon… Mozart… Kennedy…Tsongas… er… Ozzy… the Michelin Man… I lost him somewhere. Glad that ol’ Joe was right with him though. heh heh

Sugar Land on January 30, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Are you capable of making a political commentary without, also, making yet another snide reference to the Messiah that you reject?

Your conduct is pathological.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 30, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Um, I’m a Christian and I wasn’t offended. As a matter of fact I have often advised false messiahs and those with martyr complexes to get down off of their self-made crosses and that Jesus died so that they wouldn’t have to.

baldilocks on January 30, 2008 at 3:13 PM

OSU, has some evil snippet of code hijacked your browser bringing you here against your will, or do you keep typing hotair.com into your address bar all by your widdle self?

It’s a big Internet, dude — maybe you’d be happier somewhere else.

DrSteve on January 30, 2008 at 3:19 PM

My list of heroes, in no particular order:

1) Ronald Reagan
2) Batman
3) All the men and women fighting overseas
4) The poor bastard at HotAir who watches all of Hardball, Keith Überdouche, the chicks on The View and anything coming out of a Democrat’s mouth these days so I only have to endure 20 seconds of it.

Chuck Schick on January 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

*sighs* Sad, old hippies.

ThePrez on January 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Somewhere someone has a photo of Chrissy from the late 60s, no doubt sporting a pony-tail, bell bottoms and a tie-dyed shirt.

Tweethead

(P.S. If someone does, please forward to the gang at HotAir)

fogw on January 30, 2008 at 3:27 PM

After reading this, I think even more that Allah’s running Obamessiah metaphor is dead-on.

baldilocks on January 30, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Chuck Schick on January 30, 2008 at 3:24 PM

ROFLMAO

abinitioadinfinitum on January 30, 2008 at 3:34 PM

He fawns over Obama like Cojo over corinthian leather wing back chairs that someone threw away.

Alden Pyle on January 30, 2008 at 3:54 PM

sitting in front of what? 250 bottles of mans finest product, looking three quarters in the bag, chris mathews can’t get any better than this.

c

pk on January 30, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Gary Hart?!

…and yes, breakfast does get me up in the morning.

So in other words, Chrissy just said substance doesn’t matter. That, my friends, is the difference between Dems and Republicans.

At least, it used to be.

lodestonejames on January 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM

A point left unmade here, as it always, always is: For all the paradigm-shifting magic and wonder of the Obama candidacy, his actual policies are largely indistinguishable from Clinton’s. He’s a “dreamer,” fine. What is it he’s dreaming about that Hillary isn’t?

Exactly, which is what infuriates me so much about Obama supporters. They’re just plain stupid. Yay, yay, we can hold up “Change” signs… F-ing morons. And let’s not even mention how odd it is to scream “change” while surrounded by Kennedys and former Clinton folks.

In fairness, Obama differs from Hillary on a couple of things. He has a black separatist preacher, and he doesn’t take 7 positions in 30 seconds on “licenses for illegals”.. He flat out takes the wrong one.

Exit Question: We constantly hear their supporters say “It’s time for a (black/woman) President”… This is nothing new, they don’t care about the best person for the job, it’s just about gaining power by creating a “movement”. Will we soon start saying “It’s time for a Mormon President”?

RightWinged on January 30, 2008 at 5:38 PM

We constantly hear their supporters say “It’s time for a (black/woman) President”…

RightWinged on January 30, 2008 at 5:38 PM

And they wouldn’t be saying it at all if the black/woman/black woman running for President were a Republican.

p.v. cornelius on January 30, 2008 at 7:08 PM

It amazes me that nobody has picked up on Obama’s connection with Raila Odinga in Kenya. Obama visited Kenya in 2006 where he severely criticized President Kibaki’s regime for corruption. That was viewed by Kibaki as unwarranted interference in Kenyan internal affairs. Kibaki’s chief rival and recent opponent in the presidential election, Raila Odinga, is from the same tribe as Obama’s father and claims to be Obama’s cousin. Obama’s family in Kenya are Muslims. Needless to say, Odinga views Obama as a supporter. Trouble is, Odinga signed an MOU with the Islamic Imams of northeastern Kenya that permits them to set-up an autonomous Muslim zone from where, among other astonishing provisions, nobody can be extradited for terrorism. It would be a Kenyan Waziristan. Odinga lost the election, resulting in widespread violence which Obama has condemned. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Muslim radicals try to assassinate Kibaki. So why hasn’t anyone confronted Obama about his interference in Kenyan affairs and his tacit support for Odinga?

NNtrancer on January 30, 2008 at 7:31 PM

It amazes me that nobody has picked up on Obama’s connection with Raila Odinga in Kenya

NNtrancer on January 30, 2008 at 7:31 PM

baldilocks on January 30, 2008 at 9:46 PM

It amazes me that nobody has picked up on Obama’s connection with Raila Odinga in Kenya

NNtrancer on January 30, 2008 at 7:31 PM

:::cough:::

baldilocks on January 30, 2008 at 9:47 PM

test

baldilocks on January 30, 2008 at 9:48 PM