Video: Noted leg thriller warns about the dangers of charismatic politicians

posted at 8:48 am on February 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Has to be seen to be believed. It comes at the end of last night’s Hardball, and within minutes my friend John Ziegler tipped me off to it. Chris Matthews talks with Eugene Robinson and Susan Page about Sarah Palin’s speech and hyperventilates about “secession”, which is where Robinson picks this up, attempting to keep up with Matthews’ paranoia. At the end, Matthews actually warns Robinson that “Charismatic leaders have done this country and this world a lot of harm,” apparently oblivious to his own track record over the last two years in being Barack Obama’s number-one fanboy.

Of course, we don’t forget it, and I’ve mashed this up with a couple of highlights from Matthews’ career as a journalist in the Age of Obama:

Actual mentions of secession in Palin’s speech: zero. Actual mentions of “states’ rights”: zero. Actual mentions of the Tenth Amendment: one, in describing how Washington bribes states with money to get them to ignore it:

When Washington passed a $787 billion stimulus bill, we were nervous because they just spent $700 billion to bailout Wall Street. On the state level, as a governor, we knew a lot of that money came with fat strings attached. The federal government was going to have more control over our states. They were going to disrespect the Tenth Amendment of our Constitution by essentially bribing with us. Take this federal money and then we going to be able to mandate a few more things on you though. I joined with other conservative governors around the nation in rejecting some of those dollars.

Actual mentions of “revolution”: two, and neither in a context of armed rebellion against the US:

Very good to be here in Tennessee, the volunteer state. It’s the home of good country music and good southern barbecue, and great to be at the tea party convention. I guess down here that’s some southern sweet tea. In Alaska, we have a smaller version of tea party up there. And we call it iced tea. And I am a big supporter of this movement. I believe in this movement. Got lots of friends and family in the lower 48 attending these events across the country, and just knowing that this is the movement, and America is ready for another revolution, and you are a part of this. …

Now in many ways Scott Brown represents what this beautiful movement is all about. He was just a guy with a truck and a passion to serve our country. He looked around and he saw that things weren’t quite right in Washington, so he stood up and he decided he was going do his part to put our government back on the side of the people. And it took guts and it took a lot of hard work, but with grassroots support, Scott Brown carried the day. It has been so interesting now to watch the aftermath of the Massachusetts shout-out revolution.

A “shout-out revolution” ain’t exactly Lexington and Concord; it’s 1994, not 1776.  Palin certainly never called for secession or the overthrow of the government, regardless of Chris’ hissy fit last night on MS-NBC. Instead of getting thrills up his leg, Palin apparently sends something down his leg, but it’s not based on reality — it’s based on Matthews’ animosity towards anyone who opposes the man to whom he pledged allegiance.

Addendum: On another subject, John Ziegler responds to Nate Silver.

Update: The Right Scoop has another clip from the same segment in which Matthews calls Palin a fascist.  Which is it — fascism, secession, “balloon-headism,” or what?


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Hey Chris!! Reasonable Americans call your disease denial. Seek help because you desperately need an intervention. Sorry, I won’t be there.

pjean on February 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM

So, in essence, Chrissy is saying Obowmao has no charisma?

Liam on February 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Un effing believable. Chris seriously needs help from a mental professional, in a hurry. I think we are watching a total meltdown.

silvernana on February 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM

The sad thing is I bet The Tingler really believes this. That is what is scary about the American Pravdas, they B-E-L-I-E-V-E they own droppings are reality.

jukin on February 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Nothing worse than a reformed smoker ideological cheerleader.

BobMbx on February 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM

A charismatic politician could even make one forget the color of his skin for an hour.

Monica on February 9, 2010 at 10:25 AM

H/T to John Ziegler and you Ed, otherwise no one would know what is on his show.

Red Eye at 3am is giving him a run for his money because no one is watching. Fox has created its new FBN channel, but it is not available or considered a premium channel in most areas. What is Ailes going to do when he has the #1 and #2 cable shows on in Prime Time? (Laugh all the way to the bank!)

barnone on February 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

In fairness to Mr. Matthews I don’t think it takes much to make him tingle. I still remember when Bill Clinton did a campaign appearance and speech for John Kerry. He was way too happy to see the former president. Likened him to a rock star. He needed to be alone. Very creepy.

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM

the #1 and #2 cable shows on in Prime Time

Meant to say, “the #1 and #2 cable channels on in Prime Time.”

barnone on February 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Maybe Obama was just an early sign of deep vein thrombosis in Chrissy?

Better CYA Chris.

CYA!

profitsbeard on February 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Matthews suffers from mouth in gear, brain disengaged.

fogw on February 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Ha. That Ziegler takedown is priceless!!!

rockmom on February 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Matthews is mentally ill, of just stupid–maybe both. I can’t believe he freaked out about that seceding/succeeding joke. Texans have always joked about seceding, and we really are succeeding where other big states are failing. That’s a GOOD thing. It should be admired, especially in these economic times. But Matthews has no more ability to comprehend this than my pet turtle does.

juliesa on February 9, 2010 at 10:36 AM

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 9:19 AM
I just clicked on that Joy Behar link and doubled her viewership.

LibTired on February 9, 2010 at 10:16 AM

LibTired: Gawd,Behar is such a b*tch!!:)

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

BTW, the husband of Matthews’ niece just got the endorsement of the Montgomery County GOP to run against lefty Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania’s 11th district. He is a popular local businessman. I wonder how Chrissy will report on this campaign.

rockmom on February 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Poor Tim Russert is rolling over in his grave. He was the last decent interviewer and political expert at NBC…and he was a dyed in the wool Lib, too. Matthews is too stupid to realize he stuck his foot in his mouth.

kingsjester on February 9, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Matthews is too stupid to realize he stuck his foot in his mouth.

kingsjester on February 9, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Foot in mouth is a permanent condition for him. He’s grown accustomed to it, and doesn’t notice it anymore.

BobMbx on February 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

“Charismatic leaders have done this country and this world a lot of harm”

Chris, that isn’t a beam in your own eye, it’s the freaking Empire State Building.

I’d call Matthews clueless, but that adjective is no longer sufficient.

Physics Geek on February 9, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Which is it — fascism, secession, “balloon-headism,” or what?

I think that the phrase is balloon-juice-headism.

Physics Geek on February 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Has anyone else seen the MSLSD commercial for CM’s show, where he talks of catching people when they’re trying to get one by him? He does this with that half smile, clearly enjoying the thought of those many moments. It’s creepalicious.
His career has gotten by him, as he alternates with Bathtub Boy being cable’s
laughingstock of the day.

ontherocks on February 9, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Wow…just wow. You always think that Mr Bo-tingles has hit a new low, but somehow you just know he’ll say something even stupider. It’s hard to imagine that anyone – even those few that watch his drivel – take him seriously anymore.

Paradox Drive on February 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM

How in the world could any one person, let alone a an entire sector of society, devolve into such a brain-dead schlub? It’s beyond me why anyone in their right mind would want to listen to his drivel. Maybe the answers lies in the statement. What’s worse is, he’s isn’t the only dummie at that address. Gawd.

LarryG on February 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Looks like “Tingles” may have had an epiphany.

chewmeister on February 9, 2010 at 11:01 AM

“Charismatic leaders have done this country and this world a lot of harm,”

Which one Chris Matthews – Reagan or Kennedy?

Dr Evil on February 9, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I don’t want to watch now! I though Matthews had finally seen what happened in 2008! I’m disappointed.

I really really really want a mea culpa from him over Obama! I’m not one who usually wants revenge… but oh it would be so great to hear Chris Matthews admit he was an idiot over Obama!

petunia on February 9, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I think the man needs an intervention, is being on a low rated cable news program worth his health? mental or otherwise?

Dr Evil on February 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM

HAHA! Noted democrat leg humper doesn’t se the change in the country.

Nov 5 2010 is going to be a shocker for your Chrissy!

daesleeper on February 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Note to CM, when you’re struggling with credibility, don’t invite Eugene “I Just Swallowed an Articulate Pineapple” Robinson. Talk about an affirmative action windbag.

ontherocks on February 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

This voices inside his head must really be tormenting this man.

la.rt.wngr on February 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

VIDEO: Pamela Geller on Joy Behar, Liberal Meltdown

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/02/video-pamela-geller-on-joy-behar.html

canopfor on February 9, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Thanks for the link. Loon meltdown indeed. Joy Behar at 2:00 saying Sarah was disrespectful for referring to Obama as a Charismatic guy with a teleprompter? Talk about being the epitome of hypocrisy…Oh, and indignant Ron Reagan Jr. blows.

Gang-of-One on February 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Tingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Tingle bells, tingle bells
Tingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

faraway on February 9, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Which is it — fascism, secession, “balloon-headism,” or what?

Why, whatever it needs to be, of course. Even if that’s multiple things all at the same time.

tom on February 9, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Gee, how did I know the “charismatic politician” in question would not be Barack Obama?

tom on February 9, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Is it me, or does Eugene Robinson sound like he has a mouthful of marbles?

JRDFLA on February 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Hell, Sarah didn’t even want to secede from the Republican Party in her Nashville speech…….GO SARAH.

Herb on February 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Is it me, or does Eugene Robinson sound like he has a mouthful of marbles?

JRDFLA on February 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Yeah, probably BO’s marbles if you catch my drift.

la.rt.wngr on February 9, 2010 at 11:56 AM

“Charismatic leaders have done this country and this world a lot of harm,”

Say’s the guy who gets a tingle up his leg every time he hears a politician who got elected to office on pure charisma alone give a speech. Then again maybe its just that Chrissie has lost that lovin feeling.

Hellrider on February 9, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Hey Ed, Palin did mention secession in the Rick Perry campaign speech on Sunday. It was the biggest applause line in the speech, although that is not what she intended. She said something like, “There has been talk of Texas seceding (loud applause), but Texas isn’t seceding, your succeeding (tepid golf claps).”

Ted Torgerson on February 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I was going to mention that…where I was sitting, the crowd was laughing as well as clapping. I don’t remember it being the biggest applause line, though.

RushBaby on February 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I can’t believe I once took that guy seriously. He has seriously become unhinged. It is really all about the O for you, isn’t it, Chris?

Ugh.. the sooner Palin becomes POTUS, the sooner we can all break out the mops to clean up the mess of exploding liberal heads around the country.

itzWicks on February 9, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I take it that Tingleberry didn’t forget Palin was a white woman for an hour.

joedoe on February 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM

…Chris seriously needs help from a mental professional, in a hurry. I think we are watching a total meltdown.
silvernana on February 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I can’t wait for the next big election night.

I sort of hate myself for watching him but every now and then I go there, and check to see if he is still unhinged

entagor on February 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Leftist ideology is inherently totalitarian…and like all totalitarians, when faced with someone who speaks truth against their power, they attack. But their hyperventilating only serves to drive more and more people away from the Left.

They have no valid response to Rush, so they attack. Result? His audience has been growing for 20 years.

They have no valid response to Fox News, so they attack. Result? #1 in cable. Not cable news. Cable.

They have no valid response to Glenn Beck, so they attack. Result? In one year’s time, he’s the #2 most popular television personality in America.

Sarah Palin? Rising…rising…rising.

So I say keep up the good work, Chris! And Keith! And all the rest of you lying Leftists! We literally couldn’t do it without you!

rvastar on February 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM

The left lately is using rhetoric that has never been used before in describing the right. This not only diminishes the way the right is perceived by the voting masses but is setting up the use of the Patriot Act to against any opposition to the left in the future. It is a kind of conditioning. If your wondering what purpose Mathews,Olberdouche and Madcow serve I believe thats it.

sonnyspats1 on February 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Matthews is so full of hate he can’t contain it, it just comes bubbling out.

4shoes on February 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM

The people who take CM seriously have got to be f#$%&*& idiots. It’s obvious that MSNBC brass doesn’t have the stones to get rid of this nut.

Hummer53 on February 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Unmitigated moron. God only knows how it feels to be Chris Matthews, walking around in a completely delusional state, full of fear. The face of the left.

ultracon on February 9, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Is tingles really that stupid?

RobCon on February 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Clearly the brain and the mouth are disconnected there.

caygeon on February 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Chris Tingle has said crazier shit than this. He is beyond in the tank.

alliebobbitt on February 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Is Chris’s pot calling the kettle (Obama) black? Hmmmmmm

He’s just trying to rally those few kool aid drinkers he has left, to rise up, and declare a revolution against republicans, trying to make repubs obsolete, and extinct. It’s not the same as what he CLAIMS Palin is saying though. You know…because it comes from an elitist liberal, who is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much smarter than the rest of us.

*rolls eyes*

capejasmine on February 9, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Matthews calls Palin a fascist. Which is it — fascism, secession, “balloon-headism,” or what?

I have no problem with anyone pointing out how dangerous a balloon-headed, extremist President can be.

Mr_Magoo on February 9, 2010 at 1:08 PM

NBC Universal of which CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, the Weather Channel are part and parcel are unmitigated flops…Their viewership is dying while they stubbornly hold on to personally and professionally offensive persons like Matthews, Maddow, Olbermann, Mitchell, Scarborough, Dr Heidi Cullen, and many others…The common thread here goes to parent company GE…It seems that Jeff Immelt doesnt’ stop at nearly bankrupting the company that Edison built…He also makes it a point to offend, slander, and lie to Americans through his media arm…He needs to go GE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nozzle on February 9, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Servers must be hungry today. Eating my comments.

Mr_Magoo on February 9, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Servers must be hungry today. Eating my comments.

Mr_Magoo on February 9, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Ok, starting to spit them out again. Must be the inflammatory words I’m quoting…

Mr_Magoo on February 9, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Mr_Magoo on February 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

It is a kind of conditioning. If your wondering what purpose Mathews,Olberdouche and Madcow serve I believe thats it.

Judging by their ratings – and The Professor’s sinking poll numbers – the only thing those clowns are “conditioning” is higher ratings for FOX News.

rvastar on February 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM

It is time that an environmental toxicologist test the air and water in the MSNBC studios as well as the food being served in the MSNBC cafeteria. The behavior of their on- air talent provides strong evidence that there is something seriously amiss.

Mason on February 9, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I actually watched this live. My jaw hit the floor with the ‘charismatic’ leader line. I took that to mean he was actually comparing Palin to Hitler.

kit9 on February 9, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Chris Tingles is priceless! Check out this segment of Morning Joe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhnynk6XkkU Hysterical!

MCGIRV on February 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Lunatics + Asylum + Sexy Chicken = The lunatics have taken over efn’ that chicken.

ronsfi on February 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Maybe this is a case of Transference or Deflection or …
( any psychologists out there, please help me out )
Perhaps Chrissy is mad that Obama turned him down
for a date and is just mad at all charismatic leaders.
Poor dweeb.

TimLenox on February 9, 2010 at 11:29 PM

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