Matthews’ changing standards on memoirs

posted at 10:55 am on March 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Matthews decided to poke some fun at Scott Brown’s book deal for his memoirs, just a few weeks after winning his Senate seat, and Greg Hengler catches the moment. Matthews makes a pretty good point about politicians who write their memoirs before their careers really get going. It’s a darned good thing that Barack Obama waited until after retiring from politics to — wait, what? Obama has already written two memoirs. Yeah, okay, but he didn’t write them before getting elected to the Senate, did he, Mr. Smartypa — wha, what? His first book came out in August 2004, three months before getting elected to the US Senate and the second two years later? Er …

Update: His first memoir actually came out in 1995, not 2004, before he ran for office of any kind; my apologies for not recalling that when I first wrote this post. I await Matthews’ statement disavowing his leg tingle shortly.


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Meets expectations.

WashJeff on March 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Brown should have hired Ayers.

Mr. Bingley on March 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Well that’s because the standards don’t apply to Obama. That’s why both Bush and Obama can be Ivy League educated, yet only Bush can be an idiot. It’s also why despite having more executive experience than Obama, Palin’s still unqualified to be Vice President much less President.

Doughboy on March 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

WTF is he doing broadcasting from Jerusalem?

daesleeper on March 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Yo Chrissy, about that tingling sensation you feel in your leg whenever the Precedent speaks, got a fix for it. It’s called adult diapers, for the tingle is more of a tinkle and that means you are losing control of your bladder. As an added bonus, the diapers will go well with your childish rant. Just looking out fo ya.

TQM38a on March 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Tingles is a hypocrite? I’m shocked.

gwelf on March 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Seriously….does ANYONE really listen to this d-bag? I’d rather listen to my child barf than that idiot.

search4truth on March 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Anyone else getting the “video not available” message?

Sir Corky on March 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM

His first book came out in August 2004,

That was a rerelease Ed… Dreams came out in the 90s…

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is a memoir by United States President Barack Obama. It was first published in July 1995 as he was preparing to launch his political career

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreams_from_My_Father

ninjapirate on March 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM

No tingle or jingle for Crissy.

Mr. Joe on March 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Transparently hypocritical. The fact that MSNBC has any viewers is mind boggling.

rbj on March 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Chrissy liked Brown at first, until he found out that the man’s name didn’t accurately describe his skin color.

PBHO is black, so gets a life-long pass from the liberal tv dork who routinely forgets that he is black.

Bishop on March 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Dreams of My Father came out in 1995, not 2004.

It's Vintage, Duh on March 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM

So when can we expect “The Tingles Running Up My Leg: The Memoirs Of Chris Matthews” to hit Amazon any time soon?

pilamaye on March 11, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Thanks Ed. I really don’t care to hear or see what Chrissy says. I appreciate you taking one for the team.

Blacksmith8 on March 11, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Yes Chrissy,aka ‘Tingle Streams’,

its called,AUDACITY,Republican style!!

canopfor on March 11, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Anyone else getting the “video not available” message?

Sir Corky on March 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM

No, but havin some other weird things happen.

katy the mean old lady on March 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Wow!!!…

What a surprise to see a snarky,idiotic liberal hold the people that have different political views to standards that they themselves will not adhere to….

…..Kind of like protesting wars and the warmongers who carry them out when a Republican is in office, but when a democrat like chicken hawk Obama wages war using the same policies….it’s called “smart power”.

“Hope and Change baby!!!….Hope and Change!!!”

Baxter Greene on March 11, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Matthews makes a pretty good point about politicians who write their memoirs before their careers really get going. It’s a darned good thing that Barack Obama waited until after retiring from politics to — wait, what? Obama has already written two memoirs.

Haaa!! funny, Ed.

It’s appearing to look like the two memoirs were the pinnacle of BHO’s career, and its gone downhill since. This bizarro world he’s weaving demonstrates success first, failure later, and no lessons learned in the whole mess of it.

ted c on March 11, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Chrissy is so gay for Obama he makes Massa look like Hef.

Doorgunner on March 11, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Matthews isn’t bright enough to recognize a double standard even when one runs up his leg.

Tom_OC on March 11, 2010 at 11:13 AM

His first book came out in August 2004,
That was a rerelease Ed… Dreams came out in the 90s…

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is a memoir by United States President Barack Obama. It was first published in July 1995 as he was preparing to launch his political career
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreams_from_My_Father

ninjapirate on March 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Nice catch – good to see Ed corrected it… but the fact it was rereleased a few months before his Senate hijack win; is a dose of “double hypocrisy” , concerning Chrissy.

Odie1941 on March 11, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Katy the mean old lady

You mean other than the sight of Chris Matthew hypocriting again?

Sir Corky on March 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Speaking of Chrissy,
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http://bigheaddc.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/matthews-obama.jpg

canopfor on March 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Wait, Matthews is a rank partisan hypocritical leftist?

Whoa – didn’t see that coming.

Midas on March 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

It’s a darned good thing that Barack Obama waited until after retiring from politics to — wait, what? Obama has already written two memoirs.

In all fairness, if we made Barry wait until he actually accomplished something Ayers would never get that thing published.

Tom_OC on March 11, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Is there any way to know who Matthews’ guests are in the next week or so? Any chance any of them might find it humorous to ask Chrissy about this? Got their email address, perhaps?

Midas on March 11, 2010 at 11:16 AM

And can we at least appreciate that Chrissy is getting better? Unlike the last major Republican memoir write he bashed, at least he’s not accusing Scott Brown of not being able to read.

That’s progress, right?

Sir Corky on March 11, 2010 at 11:16 AM

wait, what? Obama has already written two memoirs

With a little help from Billy Ayars, of course.

UltimateBob on March 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is a memoir by United States President Barack Obama. It was first published in July 1995 as he was preparing to launch his political career

How would 0bama know? His father abandoned him and his mother.

SouthernGent on March 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM

My idiot Congressman, Patrick Murphy, wrote a book and signed the deal before he took office in 2007. Matthews knows all about Murphy since he demolished Murphy about Iraq on his show during the 2006 campaign. I think HotAir even ran that clip, and it was used in a devastating NRCC ad against Murphy.

Double standards indeed.

rockmom on March 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I think that tingle just became an itch…

BKeyser on March 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Mathews is right. Obama is an pretentious know nothing snot.

BrideOfRove on March 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I will say though, that I find both to be a little ridiculous. Still, very few people out there agree with me and have no moral leg to stand on here.

Esthier on March 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I am guessing very, very few visitors to Hot Air would even know about any current Chris Matthews TV show if it wasn`t for Hot Air showing clips from the show.

albill on March 11, 2010 at 11:23 AM

You mean other than the sight of Chris Matthew hypocriting again?

Sir Corky on March 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Giggle….no that’s a given It’s like Barry blathering.

katy the mean old lady on March 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM

It’s appearing to look like the two memoirs were the pinnacle of BHO’s career, and its gone downhill since. This bizarro world he’s weaving demonstrates success first, failure later, and no lessons learned in the whole mess of it.

ted c on March 11, 2010

At least one, and maybe both, of those memoirs were written by someone else injecting elements of their own life story as Ob+ama’s.
Does that mean the “pinnacle” wasn’t even his?

Extrafishy on March 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I forgot for an hour this guy is a freakin hypocrite.

rjoco1 on March 11, 2010 at 11:26 AM

What’s a wee bit more hypocrisy for Chrissy McTingle. More leg, more tingle, more man-crush on Barry.

anXdem on March 11, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I think it was Mr. Steyn who said that his election to the presidency is the only thing that kept Mr. Obama from becoming a serial autobiographer.

Cindy Munford on March 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Anyone else getting the “video not available” message?

Sir Corky on March 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM

You’re actually complaining about not seeing Matthews?

highhopes on March 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM

“Hope and Change baby!!!….Hope and Change!!!”

Baxter Greene on March 11, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Baxter Greene: Fired Up,Ready to Go!!:)

canopfor on March 11, 2010 at 11:35 AM

The fact that MSNBC has any viewers is mind boggling.

rbj

Not really, considering how those lame reality shows and fake wrestling also have their own mindless audiences.

honsy on March 11, 2010 at 11:36 AM

“Life is a Campaign” was an epic thriller . I hope Matt Damon plays him in the movie .

borntoraisehogs on March 11, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Matthews & Maher were lovers in the Navy.

BHO Jonestown on March 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Not clicking on this. His excited spittle and mouth-froth sickens me and I am eating mac n cheese with tuna. Don’t need to barf right now.

OmahaConservative on March 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

I wonder if Mrs. Matthews wishes she were a widow or something?

OmahaConservative on March 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Matthews is such a baffoon…

jeffn21 on March 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I await Matthews’ statement disavowing his leg tingle shortly.

Don’t hold your breath. Chrissy has a vested interest in his Obamassiah. Can hardly wait for the crocodile tears when Barry gets kicked out on his ass in 2012.

GarandFan on March 11, 2010 at 11:51 AM

“Scott Brown can’t sell watermelons either.”

–Dan Rather

NebCon on March 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Newsbusters has a post covering this, and highlights Tingles’ gushing over Obama’s Mark Twain-esque book.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2010/03/10/matthews-blasts-scott-brown-memoir-writing-he-gushed-over-obamas-two-m

He’s such a freak.

sarainitaly on March 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I cannot bring myself to watch this tosser.

I’ll take your word for it.

1921 C DRUM on March 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Standards? We don’t need no stinking standards.

29Victor on March 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Why is anything that Matthews and the other MSNBC morons say worthy of a HA post?

docdave on March 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I’m surprised the Leg didn’t warn Chrissy he was making a complete fool of himself yet again. The Leg has really been falling down on the job lately.

WarEagle01 on March 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

I ran across the perfect description of Chrissy on the intrawebs:

spittle-slathered polyp

N. O'Brain on March 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

NebCon on March 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Yeah, but ol’ Danny boy fries up some mean chicken.

OmahaConservative on March 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Frankly, what do you expect from Mr. Apology himself?

Let’s not forget that he’s the guy who called the United States Military Academy “the enemy camp” and later had to apologize.

He is the guy who, in his zeal to support Barack Obama, said of Hillary Clinton — right after she won the New Hampshire Primary in 2008 — “the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around,” and, further that “[s]he didn’t win there on her merit.”

And, even after literally having to beg for his survival in a lengthy, Nixonian-style TV appeal/apology, a few months later Chris again succumbed to temptation and referred to Clinton as “the Al Sharpton of white people.”

He is also the guy who has called Saul Alinsky, “one of our heroes from the past” a thoroughly warped viewpoint for which he has yet to apologize.

And, he’s the guy who got so emotionally excited about Barack Obama on live TV that he said, “I felt this furrowing up my leg, I mean, I don’t have that too often . . . from listening to an Obama speech!

Now, of course he didn’t apologize for that one, but everyone — including Keith Olbermann — made fun of him for it.

He actually thinks it’s his job to promote Barack Obama’s agenda and he openly says so. He pretended to be conservative for a while when he first came on the scene years ago — he even claimed to be “conservative”, but he quickly revealed his strange, and polemical side.

So, why anyone would take anything the guy says seriously is simply beyond me.

Here is what I suspect Chris Matthews really thinks of the nonsense that he and the MSNBC crew regularly say and feature on their programs.

Trochilus on March 11, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Brown should have hired Ayers.

Mr. Bingley on March 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Brown wanted to hire Timothy McVeigh, but he was unavailable. He’s in talks with Eric Rudolph.

DailyDanet on March 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Even by Chrissy’s standards, this is a pathetic case of hypocrisy. But I do agree that people in their 40s and 50s should not be writing memoirs unless they conquered Europe or something. Getting elected Senator does not even come close.

Speedwagon82 on March 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Matthews makes a pretty good point about politicians who write their memoirs before their careers really get going.

What’s worse? Writing your memoir before your career really gets going or being elected President before your career really gets going?

We are all learning it’s the latter.

Rocks on March 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM

tingle… tickle… what’s the difference?

faraway on March 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Obama’s next memoir: Dreams from my Presidency

faraway on March 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Wait, Matthews is a rank partisan hypocritical leftist?

Whoa – didn’t see that coming.

Midas on March 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Heh. You really should put a “sarcasm tag” on a post like that, because you know that otherwise some jabone here is going to take it literally and fire back at you.

Wait, that was what you were hoping for?

Whoa – I didn’t see that possibility!

Never mind!

Trochilus on March 11, 2010 at 12:35 PM

WTF is he doing broadcasting from Jerusalem?

daesleeper on March 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Where’s the Mossad when you need them?

dmann on March 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Barack is just a writin’ fool sometimes…..

BobMbx on March 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

WTF is he doing broadcasting from Jerusalem?

daesleeper on March 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Getting in touch with his inner Jooooo?

How about “If you want to understand your enemy, you’ve got to live with them for awhile”‘?

BobMbx on March 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Love they hypocrisy, don’t you?

Excellent, and funny, Ed.

capejasmine on March 11, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Guy has what… four? five? viewers. Who cares what he says.

bofh on March 11, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Good old “Tingles” the drunk moron who keeps on giving.

RobCon on March 11, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I believe Tingles could stick his muscle head out of the window and yell get more viewers.

RobCon on March 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

No time to look back. Tingles is on his way to the next train wreck. Does his staff tell him what a tool he is?

RobCon on March 11, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Matthews’ changing standards on memoirs

Booze does that ya know!

DSchoen on March 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Ed and AP, I’m just about tapped out posting about this buffoon.

Hummer53 on March 11, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Just hoping for Matthews to become completely disillusioned with Obama so we can all make “The thrill is gone” jokes.

darii on March 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I was married to a German citizen. She never trusted the news. Poor thing caught a love of this country from me. I used to ask her to believe in the US media.

Very successful, happy marriage but it ended. Good thing, too. At least I don’t have to explain what has happened to this country. Let alone explain Chrissy and GE…

IlikedAUH2O on March 11, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is a memoir by United States President Barack Obama. It was first published in July 1995 as he was preparing to launch his political career

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is a memoir by United States President Barack Obama Violent 1960′s Radical William “Bill” Ayers. It was first published in July 1995 as he was preparing to launch the political career of Barry Soetero, aka Barack Obama.
There you go. Now it’s a factual statement.

Beto Ochoa on March 11, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Chris Matthews brings new meaning to the term “sideshow!”

sarahpalinfan99 on March 11, 2010 at 8:51 PM

I also remember tingles said he was going to do all he could to make Obama’s tenure successful. Well, exactly in what regard may I ask?

sunnypa on March 12, 2010 at 8:27 AM