Videos: Chris Matthews, not politicizing Kennedy’s death

posted at 12:55 pm on August 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve been hearing warnings all day about how conservatives shouldn’t politicize Ted Kennedy’s death. One might think that those warnings should be directed not at Kennedy’s public political opponents, who have all conducted themselves with class, but with his allies in the media. Chris Matthews waited only hours to use the occasion to tinkle down his leg over the anger in town-hall forums prompted by the Barack Obama agenda, and likened it to the assassination of Ted’s older brother John (via Gateway Pundit and Newsbusters):

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know there’s going to be a lot of talk about the tragic blessings of the Kennedy family, and the curse. And it’s all nonsense. These people were courageous risk takers. Kathleen Kennedy, the girl, the oldest daughter, she was killed with her lover traveling on a plane ride she never should have taken through terrible weather in Europe. Joe Kennedy, Jr. took a mission that nobody should have taken in a plane loaded with dynamite to go blow up the V-1 rocket sites. Jack Kennedy was killed in an open car in Dallas in the midst of the most hated–it’s like the mood we’re in right now.

Well, except for that pesky fact that John Kennedy was assassinated not by some “un-American” conservative angry at government expansion, but by an avowed Communist, as Mark Finkelstein points out at NB.

Lest you think those are isolated incidents, here’s Matthews again, not politicizing Kennedy’s death on the Today show:

MATTHEWS: He wanted to be his brother’s brother, and then he turned that torch over last year to Barack Obama. And the great thing about the Kennedys is that they always grew as a family. They tended to get better as they got older. Some families like the Long family of Louisiana dissipated. This family got better. The Kennedy commitment to civil rights was almost accidental. It began because of history — ’63 and Martin Luther King’s march. By Bobby, it became passion, by Teddy it became real. And then Teddy turns it over to the first African-American and says, “You got the ball.” Amazing history. Barack’s now the last brother.

Will anyone in the media call out Matthews for his shameless Obama shilling? I somehow doubt it.


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I don’t remember the exact politics of Sirhan Sirhan, the man who killed Bobby Kennedy, but he was no conservative either.

MarkTheGreat on August 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

We’ve been hearing warnings all day about how conservatives shouldn’t politicize Ted Kennedy’s death.

Eh, not so much as warnings that conservatives shouldn’t dance gleefully on his grave and express hope that he’s burning in hell…

crr6 on August 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

And the great thing about the Kennedys is that they always grew as a family. They tended to get better as they got older

I beg to differ.

Vashta.Nerada on August 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Obamacare is now Chappaquiddick care. How’d you like that Chrissy?

Iblis on August 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

His 640,000 nightly Hardball viewers just love him!

David2.0 on August 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

This kind of idiocy shows why he leads in TV ratings.
Oh, wait……

JeffinOrlando on August 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Oh boy, If I were Obama, I’d be scared for my LIFE!!!

Apologetic California on August 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

I drink a big ol’ whiskey bottle to ya, Ted!

Then I’m going to go out driving with my secretary.

It’s what Teddy would have wanted.

NoDonkey on August 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

We’ve been hearing warnings all day about how conservatives shouldn’t politicize Ted Kennedy’s death.

Because the left wants the monopoly.

Vashta.Nerada on August 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

John F. Kennedy was killed by a Communist, a Castro-sympathizer.

Why does Chris Matthews embrace Communist Castro-sympathizers, given that one of them killed John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963?

Any clues?

Anyone?

jeff_from_mpls on August 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Ted Kennedy (D-Chivas)

Bevan on August 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Barack’s now the last brother.

Good – now when B-ho is gone, we can finally say goodbye to this useless/destructive family.

gregbert on August 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM

JFK’s killer was pro-Cuba’s-nationalized-health-care.

What do you think of that, Chris Matthews?

jeff_from_mpls on August 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM

If Obama is the last Kennedy brother, can we now call Barry…K-Bro?

portlandon on August 26, 2009 at 1:02 PM

I was watching tv last night when his death was announced. I’m not watching any news today except Beck. I have no desire to watch any of this.

Rose on August 26, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Wellstone Memorial 2.0

Norwegian on August 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Barack’s now the last brother.

I think the Kennedys should be commended for adopting foreign-born children.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Joe Jr. did what?!? Flew a plane load of dynamite where? I better BING it.

DanMan on August 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

You know, they call us the hillbillies, and yet democrat hagiographers call Bill Clinton the first Black President, sired by an un-named man, and now they call Barack Obama the bastard half-son of Rose Kennedy.

What the hell?

jeff_from_mpls on August 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Just when I think Chris Matthews couldn’t say something more ignorant…….

mobydutch on August 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

If anyone is feeling a bit blue over Kennedy’s death. Iowahawks KennedyCare satire sure cheered me up.

I think this piece deserves mention on such a tragic day.

jhffmn on August 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Chris Matthews waited only hours to use the occasion to tinkle down his leg over the anger in town-hall forums prompted by the Barack Obama agenda, and likened it to the assassination of Ted’s older brother John

I’m not sure that was tinkle, Ed. Was there a picture of obama anywhere around?

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

John F. Kennedy was killed by a Communist, a Castro-sympathizer.

I disagree, LH Oswald was an evil-mongering, racist, Nazi, fishy Cheney supporter.

At least that’s what my public school textbook told me.

NoDonkey on August 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Barack’s now the last brother.
I think the Kennedys should be commended for adopting foreign-born children.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Thread winner.

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Well, except for that pesky fact that John Kennedy was assassinated not by some “un-American” conservative angry at government expansion, but by an avowed Communist

Well, it’s a good thing that Ruby took care of Oswald then. Otherwise, with those qualifications, ol’ Lee Harvey would be in line for a Cabinet appointment with this administration.

JohnGalt23 on August 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

We’ve been hearing warnings all day about how conservatives shouldn’t politicize Ted Kennedy’s death.

Because the left wants the monopoly.

Vashta.Nerada on August 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

So true.

Hiya Ciska on August 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Barack’s now the last brother.

Oookaaay. All I can say is too bad for the Kennedys. Their “last brother” is a weak sister.

Dee2008 on August 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Wellstone Memorial 2.0

Norwegian on August 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Yeah, it’s going to get ugly. Hope George W has the good sense to avoid this one. Wait until they give Jimmie Carter the mike — I’ll pass.

Christian Conservative on August 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Barack’s now the last brother.
I think the Kennedys should be commended for adopting foreign-born children.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

That actually did make me almost spit out my coffee, ‘grats!

DrAllecon on August 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Matthew’s wee-wee’d down his leg

lyfsatrip on August 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Is anyone bringing up government health care solution v1.0, aka HMO? That was Ted’s baby…

beatcanvas on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I actually sometimes feel bad for Chris Matthews. He so desperately wants Obama to be his hero and he is always having to convince himself of his greatness. It’s really kinda sad because he knows deep down, Obama is a fraud.

You know he is aware of the fraud that Obama is…that is why he overcompensates with his over the top rhetoric.

ramrants on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Tinkling down his leg.

Oh no, we’re not getting wee weed up again are we?

Brat on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Matthews is a brain dead, ignorant pile of dog excrement.

rplat on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Wellstone Memorial 2.0

Norwegian on August 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

You know, it is striking just how shameless the Left in this country is to stand on someone’s dead body to make their political voice heard.

JohnGalt23 on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

If Obama is the last Kennedy brother, can we now call Barry…K-Bro?

portlandon on August 26, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Well, the nation is deep in debt and Obamacare and Kennedy’s voting record has a lot to do with it. Maybe Bro-Ke would be a better name.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

I’m pretty sure Sirhan-Sirhan, the murderer of Bobby Kennedy, was an America hater just like Chris Matthews, so again, exactly what is Chris implying when he says that Real Americans somehow killed the Kennedys?

jeff_from_mpls on August 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

I am so confused, Bill Clinton, a white president was the first black president, and now Obama the first black president is now a white president, a Catholic, Irish, white president.
These liberals confuse me, always wanting a black man as president, and the first chance they get, they make him white…

right2bright on August 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

as a muslum Obambi supporter would say, ” hes with 100 virgins today”.

bluegrass on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Joe Jr. did what?!? Flew a plane load of dynamite where? I better BING it.

DanMan on August 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Was that the “Fly a plane loaded with explosives into the target, and bail out just before it hits” mission?

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Tinkling down his leg.
Oh no, we’re not getting wee weed up again are we?

Brat on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Outta my head!! LOL

lyfsatrip on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

rplat on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Your comparison demeans dog excrement.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Matthews is a brain dead, ignorant pile of dog excrement.

rplat on August 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM

That’s what we have been saying, he is a liberal…you use too many words.

right2bright on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

as a muslum Obambi supporter would say, ” hes with 100 virgins today”.

bluegrass on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I thought they had to wait three days for that.

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Rush is talking about Barack not even being loyal to his own brother living in the hit. **snort**

kingsjester on August 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Was that the “Fly a plane loaded with explosives into the target, and bail out just before it hits” mission?

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Basically a kamikazee pilot that flew several missions…

right2bright on August 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Rush just nailed it….Obama’s brother lives in a hut.

Brat on August 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

The Headlines link to the top Google searches is very interesting. As of 12:55pm, “mary jo kopechne” is the #2 search term, and different forms of “chappaquiddick” are #3, #5 and #10.

Quite a contrast to the fawning coverage of MSNBC and other liberal media outlets.

diditagain on August 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Chrissy is so excited that MSNBC says when on camera they will be blurring out the lower half of his body indefinitely. And raising the table.

viking01 on August 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Until he ran for President, Barack would have been nothing more than a Kennedy family driver. A Kennedy brother….. give me a break.

JeffinOrlando on August 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

as a muslum Obambi supporter would say, ” hes with 100 virgins today”.

bluegrass on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Wouldn’t they disapprove of the 100 bottles?

NoDonkey on August 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

These liberals confuse me, always wanting a black man as president, and the first chance they get, they make him white…

right2bright on August 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

The first black president can’t fail. The filthy liar in the White House is failing. The media, therefore is making him whiter and whiter as the months drag along. By the end of his first term it will be the same transformation we saw with Michael Jackson’s ethnicity.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I am so confused, Bill Clinton, a white president was the first black president, and now Obama the first black president is now a white president, a Catholic, Irish, white president.
These liberals confuse me, always wanting a black man as president, and the first chance they get, they make him white…

right2bright on August 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

You have to understand the psychology of the common lib.

They are more certain of something imaginary than of what can be establish factually as true or false, as long as what’s in their imagination is useful for whatever objective occupies their mind at the moment.

jeff_from_mpls on August 26, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Well, it’s a good thing that Ruby took care of Oswald then. Otherwise, with those qualifications, ol’ Lee Harvey would be in line for a Cabinet appointment with this administration.

JohnGalt23 on August 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

What ever became of old Ruby, anyway?

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

What a blithering idiot this guy is. You wonder in the quiet of the night, as Chrissy ruminates over the day’s events, does he ever feel a sudden blush come over him, sit up startled, and blurt, “I said what? Am I really that much of a doof? Oh well…” zzzzzzzzz….

IamKurtacus on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

P.S. Chappaquiddick-related Google searches are currently #2, #3, #5, #10, #15, #20, #31, #37, #50, #54, #60 and #81 in the Top 100. Very interesting.

diditagain on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Matthews really isn’t politicizing this – he’s just being himself.

Clueless, completely clueless as to what he says and how it sounds.

SteveMG on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Oh, so the body is still warm. That explains Chris Matthews bout with necrophilia.

andycanuck on August 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM

What ever became of old Ruby, anyway?

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Died in prison of cancer several years ago. Never talked.

Vashta.Nerada on August 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Can “to wellstone” be a new verb?

As in, the Democrats won’t be burying Edward M. Kennedy. They will be wellstoning him.

Edouard on August 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Eh, not so much as warnings that conservatives shouldn’t dance gleefully on his grave and express hope that he’s burning in hell…

crr6 on August 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

tell that to mary jo k’s family, troll

SHARPTOOTH on August 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Died of lung cancer while awaiting his new trial in 1967.

Odie1941 on August 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM

What a blithering tool !!! I have never in my life seen anyone like this guy gushing at the mouth over another worthless tool. When you think it can’t get any worse, here comes that tingle again up , down , over , under , my leg. Excuse me while I get sick……

Navyret on August 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM

I don’t remember the exact politics of Sirhan Sirhan, the man who killed Bobby Kennedy, but he was no conservative either.

If I recall correctly, he was a supporter of Palestinian terrorists and pissed that Bobby Kennedy was a supporter of Israel. Which makes Bobby’s position ironic, considering who Joey Kennedy was a big fan of….

mjk on August 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Edouard on August 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Somewhat appropriate since Ted was responsible for “Bork” becoming a verb.

Brat on August 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Just read that last segment and ask yourself, did this man (matthews) actually write speeches for carter? Good grief, I never seen such staccato type of logic!

jbh45 on August 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

The coverage of the death and the comments from the media, politicians and the pundit class are exactly as I suspected. The only offensive thing so far (IMHO) is trying to change the healthcare debate by slapping Ted Kennedy’s name on it. Shameless.

HawaiiLwyr on August 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Eh, not so much as warnings that conservatives shouldn’t dance gleefully on his grave and express hope that he’s burning in hell…

crr6 on August 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

You mean we shouldn’t act like liberals do when a conservative gets sick or dies?

Thanks for the advise but we tend not to copy the mentally ill.

Esthier on August 26, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Was that the “Fly a plane loaded with explosives into the target, and bail out just before it hits” mission?

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:11 PM

One of the first drones. A ‘war-weary” B-17 filled with explosives and adapted to be controlled by a mother plane after the pilots bailed out. It exploded before the pilots punched out, from some accidental reason.

1921 C DRUM on August 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Warned not to politicize, so we shouldn’t bring up the Kennedy Curse? You know his younger sister Rosemary had brain surgery too…there is only one Kennedy left now – Mrs Smith.

Dr Evil on August 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

SO according to Chrissy………

……Barack Obama is Teddy’s brotha from anotha motha.

milwife88 on August 26, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Joe Kennedy’s love child?

faraway on August 26, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Last night, on the Fox Kennedy retrospective, a girl who had been part of one of Kennedy’s lefty programs was on. Not only was she part of the program, but Kennedy was her reading partner. Now, she is heading off to college and said,

“I’ll be majoring at education.”

That is the most succinct, clearest expression of Teddy’s legacy.

progressoverpeace on August 26, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Who the frak wants Joe Biden as President?

drjohn on August 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

SO according to Chrissy………

……Barack Obama is Teddy’s brotha from anotha motha.

milwife88 on August 26, 2009 at 1:21 PM

we’ll oboobi is half something or an other, i’m not sure….

SHARPTOOTH on August 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Isn’t necrophilia a crime?

lorien1973 on August 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

So does that mean Obama gets to share in the family curse? Gee, that’s too bad. I mean, really.

IamKurtacus on August 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

The Kennedys were killed by Leftists.

Don’t let Matthews lie.

It takes layers and layers of self-deception to be a Liberal.

jeff_from_mpls on August 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

That is not

*tinkle*

Chris needs a smoke. Lucky Strikes, or Virgina Slims?

juanito on August 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

The Democrats and the press pilloried Rush for predicting this, said he was taking advantage of Teddy’s illness. What was really making them mad was that Rush had their number.

Remember: Liberal criticism of conservatives is 99% projection.

Socratease on August 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I’d sooner plunge knitting needles into my eyes than watch that.

kirkill on August 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Rush is talking about Barack not even being loyal to his own brother living in the hit. **snort**

kingsjester on August 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Which makes his comments about “brothers or sisters keeper” to religious leaders over the health care debate all the more disgusting.

Esthier on August 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Matthews is preaching only to the choir; no harm to us or the country. Well, unless you count those who die laughing from his crap.

Liam on August 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Alert: Ted Kennedy Nominated for Mary Jo Kopechne Lifetime Achievement Award

faraway on August 26, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Isn’t necrophilia a crime?

lorien1973 on August 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM

THREAD WINNER!!! I’m in awe!

milwife88 on August 26, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Matthews really isn’t politicizing this – he’s just being himself.

Clueless, completely clueless as to what he says and how it sounds.

SteveMG on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

When a dog wee-wees on a fire hydrant, he’s not commiting vandalism… He’s just being a dog.

Chrissy is truly a Shmendrick.

paragon27x on August 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I don’t remember the exact politics of Sirhan Sirhan, the man who killed Bobby Kennedy, but he was no conservative either.

MarkTheGreat on August 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Sirhan, a Palestinian, was greatly angered at the fact Bobby Kennedy was supportive of Isreal. He murdered Bobby for that simple fact. Obama, as we know, has close ties to Rashid Khalidi, also a Pro-Palestinian/anti Isreali terrorist supporter.

Makes you wonder how old Chrissy Matthews feels about that “Kennedy Brother” thing now doesn’t it? Get’s me all wee-wee’d up. (gag)

lyfsatrip on August 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM

What ever became of old Ruby, anyway?

Count to 10 on August 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Died in prison of cancer shortly afterward.

Tin foil hat: He agreed to kill Oswald because he was dying anyway. Old assasin trick, hit the hitman right afterward to cover tracks. Mayor of Chicago hit in FL, Gambino during the parade and the SS men who staged the Gleiwitz incident that triggered WWII.

1921 C DRUM on August 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM

More people follow Sarah Palin’s facebook(825,000) than watch Chris Matthews (640,000)…nuff said.

tencole on August 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

He proves every time he opens his mouth that drinking is bad for you and drinking while working is worse.

I’m just shocked, I tell you, shocked on why his ratings are so BAD!!!!

Frances on August 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

GE,NBC and CNBC(forget MSNBC) all should be absolutely embarrassed by this bumbling idiot.

Hummer53 on August 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM

This is going to be the Paul Wellstone memorial all over again. I think the libs are quickly going to over play their hand… unless the right rolls over like the CPR. The right should just never bring up the word “Kennedy” during this debate.

What’s the over/under on how long this is going to dominate the news. Is Ted the new Michael Jackson?

Ampersand on August 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM

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