Matthews: Palin aspiring to be “a professional ignorant”

posted at 3:49 pm on April 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Don’t be silly, Chris. Sarah Palin isn’t looking for a gig on MS-NBC’s prime time! Let’s put aside the point Noel Sheppard makes about Matthews using the grammatically horrid phrase “a political ignorant” after praising himself as someone who constantly seeks knowledge. Let’s instead look at the journalistic standards at MS-NBC for political argumentation, as Matthews reports that Sarah Palin takes great joy in ignorance by quoting that rock-solid source … “somebody alludes to”:

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CHRIS MATTHEWS,HOST: Maybe I can push your button with this one, Cynthia, my pal. It doesn`t bother you that she`s making zillions of dollars. But how about this, as someone who trained yourself, like I did, to learn some things, who gets up every day and tries to know something before they talk. Here she is saying she has — somebody alludes to her sheer joy that she gets out of not knowing anything.

I really think, not that she`s unintelligent, but she`s campaigning almost for the role of a professional ignorant, like, “I don`t know anything, therefore I should be listened to.” She seems to aspire to knowing even less. It`s a weird advantage that she claims that if I`m really ignorant, then you should really listen to me, because I`m not like one of those intellectuals back east. It`s a strange ambition. I think she`s pursuing it effectively.

CYNTHIA TUCKER, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION: Well, I don`t think she would pursue that effectively as a presidential candidate, Chris. That`s where Ken and I differ. It is fine if she wants to go out and make a lot of money giving speeches. I think this idea of winging it, of not knowing anything about foreign policy, knowing very little about domestic policy, would not serve her any better in a presidential run than it served her when she was McCain`s running mate.

I don`t think the vast majority of voters respect that or want to see that in candidates. It`s fine in Palin world. She has a small constituency of very enthusiastic supporters. But the majority of voters, including the majority of Republican voters, expect their candidates to actually know something about policy.

Well, as long as somebody alludes to it, it must be true!  Palin must wake up in the mornings in complete bliss over the idea that she doesn’t have to talk about policy at all.  Except, of course, that Palin does — whether it’s energy policy, health-care reform, or even nuclear policy, Palin not only doesn’t avoid it but issues almost daily communiques on substantive policy from her platform on Facebook.  In fact, her speech at the SRLC this month spoke almost entirely to policy, including Afghanistan and the foreign policy bungling of the White House, when many expected her to focus more on politics and the integration (or lack thereof) of the Tea Party and Republicans.

Certainly, one can disagree with Palin on policy, or demand deeper explanations.  But the notion that Palin doesn’t address policy at all is an argument that qualifies someone as a “political ignorant” … but it’s not Sarah Palin.


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She doesn’t clog up her synapses with superfluous BS as you seem to do…Chrissy.

midlander on April 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM

FlickeringFlame

Nothing but talking points, same old crap.

You are dumb.

Brian1972 on April 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

For someone who they think is not to bright, they sure fear her.
The internals must show she is kicking *ss on the liberals…the only conservative taking it to them. The rest stand back and wait for her to make her brilliant policy statements, they wait and see how the public reacts, which is always positive…then the other conservatives hop on the bandwagon.
She is the leader of the conservative movement, she is out front taking the heat, but also leading the way.

right2bright on April 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Matthews: Palin aspiring to be “a professional ignorant”

Well, she did major in journalism.

Bobbertsan on April 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

You’ll have to excuse Crissy.

When you’re walking around with a 24×7 Obama boner, less blood makes it to your brain.

Chickyraptor on April 28, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I think this idea of winging it, of not knowing anything about foreign policy, knowing very little about domestic policy, would not serve her any better in a presidential run than it served her when she was McCain`s running mate

Hell, some people have won Pulitzers knowing far less. Eh, Cynthia?

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Holy smoke Ed, the auto block sensor on Hot Air sure is touchy these days. A sign of the times I guess.

saiga on April 28, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Ditto that! I’m surprised you got “holy smoke” through. The other day I couldn’t get “secess!on” through without the exclamation point. Jesus!

TXUS on April 28, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Anyway, this is about as meaningful and has about as wide an audience as a Palin-bashing op-ed in The Nation.

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 5:01 PM

This is sort of like the pot calling the kettle black.

Chris Matthews is already “a professional ignorant”

J_Crater on April 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Swing and a miss
Yesterday at 5:06pm

Yesterday we learned that another “ethics” complaint that was filed against Governor Palin was dismissed as baseless. (If you are counting, the Governor is 26-0-1 regarding such complaints or suits, with one still pending). Only this complaint was actually filed after she left office, and alleged that the mere existence of the Alaska Fund Trust (the legal defense fund set up for her to help defray the costs incurred during the Troopergate fiasco and related machinations that followed in its wake) was violative of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act as well as its solicitation or receipt of contributions. The raison d’être of the legal defense fund was inexorably linked to Governor Palin’s nomination as the Republican candidate for Vice President and the post-nomination political tactics arising therefrom; thus making the nomination sine quo non for the fund. In a detailed opinion, the complaint was dismissed as lacking a factual or legal basis. Last June, upon learning that a complaint against the Governor’s Anchorage Office Director was dismissed as baseless, Governor Palin’s then Chief of Staff Mike Nizich said, “This is not about holding the governor or state employees accountable. This is pure harassment.” That still rings true today.

When I discussed this with Governor Palin, she had an interesting take: “My reaction upon reading the opinion in this matter was not what I expected. Though I’m always pleased with the results of these investigations that prove the false allegations wrong, and I appreciate the detailed reasoning set forth in this recent opinion, I was primarily disappointed that the State of Alaska, the Attorney General’s office, and others, still have to spend time and resources addressing the abusive onslaught of frivolous complaints directed against me—even after I left office.

At times (indeed, as recently as Sunday in a magazine cover story) people allege that the “real” reason Governor Palin stepped down was to “make money” (citing primarily her best selling book). As this most current complaint again emphasizes, Governor Palin stepped down for the right reasons—she did not want to see her state government continue to get bogged down with inane “ethics” complaints that were transparently political, plainly partisan, and diverting state resources. The voluntary relinquishment of power for the greater good is normally praised as an example of true leadership—just review any biography of George Washington—and it should be in this case as well. But for those who seek power for the sake of power, a selfless act is confusing, so a new narrative is created, such as the “profit” motive now being asserted with renewed vigor. Rest assured Sarah Palin had obtained approval to write her memoir while still in office without running into any conflict with the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Her financial future from her best selling book, though unknown then, would not have altered much whether she stayed in office or resigned, except the number of “ethics” complaints did dramatically decrease, so any legal fees associated with such complaints decreased concomitantly.

Let this latest dismissed complaint serve as a reminder for one of the real—and stated—reasons for her voluntary relinquishment of office, an office she campaigned for diligently, tirelessly and effectively. It stands as a marker that occasionally, every so often, there are public servants who can recognize the difference between self-interest and public interest. Sarah Palin is one such public servant.

- Thomas Van Flein, personal attorney for Sarah Palin

Brian1972 on April 28, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Yeah, Chris likes picking on chicks, like Michelle Malkin, but he didn’t have the cajones to stand up to Zell Miller after the RNC convention a couple of years ago.

Chris may pass himself off as a man in the elite circles he travels in, but he would get his ass whooped by behaving that way to women in flyover country.

Query, if Chris whines to an “off” mic, does it still count as liberal wisdom?

This guy was angling for Russert’s job before he hit the floor.

And parent company NBC actually took the risk of having Chris and Olberman, both of whom apparently forgot or refused to take their meds first, as color commentators on election night a year or 2 ago, only to put them in time out for the next election because of their juvenile behavior.

What a network.

They sure aren’t going to be happy this coming November.

molonlabe28 on April 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Oh Tingles, Tingles, Tingles. You’re slip is showing again my good man.

alohapundit on April 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Matthews: “Palin aspiring to be “a professional ignorant”

That coming from a professional moron!

GFW on April 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM

When you’re walking around with a 24×7 Obama boner, less blood makes it to your brain.

Chickyraptor on April 28, 2010 at 4:57 PM

+100…that’s a keeper…maybe some sort of bumper sticker?

lukespapa on April 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM

These guys penchant for self-parody is extraordinary.

BD57 on April 28, 2010 at 5:06 PM

The Businessman vs. the Bureaucrat
Mon at 11:37am

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Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s beautiful 12th district, Tim Burns’ story is like that of millions of successful small business owners across the country. He started a pharmaceutical technology company out of the basement of his house and grew it to over 400 employees. He worked hard and gave back generously to his community, in part by starting a charity to help children with special needs. In his spare time, he’s a “hockey dad” coaching his sons’ team. Last year, he attended a local tea party and spoke passionately about the danger that the policies coming out of Washington pose for small business owners like him. Reflecting on that day, Tim said, “I had not considered running until after the tea parties, but I decided that I owed it to my two children, who are 14 and 12, to do something. We’re in a fight for the very life of our country.”

Tim spent his professional life building a business from scratch that employed Pennsylvanians, and now he would like to bring his common sense pro-free market message to Washington. I’m proud to offer my support to Tim Burns in his campaign to bring real job creation to Pennsylvania’s 12th district. Please join me in supporting his campaign. Visit Tim’s website here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s been said many times this year that America is at a crossroads, and the decision we make in November will decide the course of our children’s future. The choice in Pennsylvania’s 12th district couldn’t be more obvious. Let’s send the job-creator to Washington to get this economy moving again.

- Sarah Palin

Brian1972 on April 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Not to worry Chris…….last free elections were held November 2008.

Americans just want to go to their soccer games and school choir performances, not mess with tiny little stuff like the Republic.

Obama Forever!!!!!

PappyD61 on April 28, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Sarah Palin nails it:

I’m sick and tired of Obama and the White House coming out with yet another new crisis that has to be fixed by government sticking it to the people and taking more of what we earn and produce. Instead of allowing our small businesses especially to keep what we earn… But see, to many in the White House including our own president, I don’t know when they’ve run a business. I don’t know when they’ve been a CEO where they had to look out for the bottom line and they had to make payroll and live within their own means with a budget. They’re from government. They’re community organizers. They’ve been spending other people’s money for so long that the free enterprise principles that all of us believe in, it’s all foreign to them.

Ouch.

Brian1972 on April 28, 2010 at 5:13 PM

And you came to all that just because I recognize how mediocre and rather dumb the half-term governor of Alaska is? Brilliant.

FlickeringFlame

Oh but FlickeringF*cktard NEVER calls Palin “dumb”! LOL! Why can’t you and BlueSite just stay away from Palin threads? You’ve already shown your sexist trollness where she is concerned. We got it, moron. Go away!

JAM on April 28, 2010 at 5:23 PM

I’ll bet Palin could whip his stinking a$$ in a fist fight.

saiga on April 28, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Only a fool would take that bet, and Mama didn’t raise no fool.

Gang-of-One on April 28, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Chris Matthews is a stupid.

Colorado Anne on April 28, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Matthews: Palin aspiring to be “a professional ignorant”

You’re safe, Chrissy… she doesn’t want your job or title.

ya2daup on April 28, 2010 at 5:30 PM

MSNBC has to resort to a shock value for its news stories in the same fashion MTV has to play garbage “reality” shows for attention.

madmonkphotog on April 28, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Sarah Palin got it right the first time
By: Barbara Hollingsworth
Local Opinion Editor
04/27/10 1:29 PM EDT

Peter Orszag, President Obama’s budget director, basically admitted that under Obamacare, access to doctors and medicine will be rationed. And the people on the “powerful rationing panel” making life-or-death decisions will be government bureaucrats, not medical professionals.

In January, a group of health care providers and advocacy groups sent a letter to the administration opposing the Independent Payment Advisory Board, noting that it would not be accountable to anyone but the president, who has sole power to appoint its members.

If this “powerful rationing panel” decides that you will not get the operation, medical procedure or medication your doctor says you need and you subsequently die as a result, what would your grieving family call it?

A “death panel,” perhaps?

Brian1972 on April 28, 2010 at 5:34 PM

After reading what Chrissy said all I can say is that the guy is completely nuts… He makes no sense and he is calling Palin ignorant?

Sure… sure… Sarah Palin is unelectable… sure keep telling yourselves that… I’m sure we’ll be hearing that all the way up to the moment she is elected and for all 8 years of her presidency… I’m sure…

CCRWM on April 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Those idiots are just mad that she earned a degree in journalism without becoming a card carrying marxist.

Slowburn on April 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Poor Chrissy, each day he becomes less and less relevant.

GarandFan on April 28, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Oh but FlickeringF*cktard NEVER calls Palin “dumb”! LOL!

Do you kiss your mom with that mouth? Such bad language…you should be ashamed.

Why can’t you and BlueSite just stay away from Palin threads? You’ve already shown your sexist trollness where she is concerned. We got it, moron. Go away!
JAM on April 28, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Bite me.

FlickeringFlame on April 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Sarah Palin nails it:

“I’m sick and tired of Obama and the White House coming out with yet another new crisis that has to be fixed by government sticking it to the people and taking more of what we earn and produce. Instead of allowing our small businesses especially to keep what we earn… But see, to many in the White House including our own president, I don’t know when they’ve run a business. I don’t know when they’ve been a CEO where they had to look out for the bottom line and they had to make payroll and live within their own means with a budget. They’re from government. They’re community organizers. They’ve been spending other people’s money for so long that the free enterprise principles that all of us believe in, it’s all foreign to them.“

Ouch.

Brian1972 on April 28, 2010 at 5:13 PM

She’s so ignorant. /s

NoLeftTurn on April 28, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Bite me.

FlickeringFlame on April 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

That’s a compelling and persuasive argument. I thought you came here to add some “intelligence” to the Palin threads?

NoLeftTurn on April 28, 2010 at 5:54 PM

That’s a compelling and persuasive argument. I thought you came here to add some “intelligence” to the Palin threads?

NoLeftTurn on April 28, 2010 at 5:54 PM

uh, that was my response to some dork’s request that I “stay away from all Palin threads.” Dude cant handle debate and discussion so he says “waaaa waaaaa stay away you make me upset waaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaa”.

FlickeringFlame on April 28, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Sarah is running so far ahead of Chrissy his spittle can’t even keep up.

tigerlily on April 28, 2010 at 6:07 PM

uh, that was my response to some dork’s request that I “stay away from all Palin threads.” Dude cant handle debate and discussion so he says “waaaa waaaaa stay away you make me upset waaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaa”.

FlickeringFlame on April 28, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Actually you’ve said it more than once and the inference was that it applied to all of us stoopid, drooling, sycophantic Palinistas. Still, I have yet to see you contribute anything of value to this discussions. When does the “intelligence” start?

NoLeftTurn on April 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Bite me.

FlickeringFlame on April 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Bite me.

The Wall on April 6, 2009 at 2:58 PM

portlandon on April 28, 2010 at 6:12 PM

It’s only POLICY when they agree with it. Barring that, to them, it’s just, “Blah, Blah, Blah…” and rhetoric. Yes, they’re stupid for thinking that way but that’s the Leftist mind in a nutshell. It’s like trying to correct and understand a schizophrenic’s brain. It’s best left to the professionals offering straight jackets.

Sultry Beauty on April 28, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Chris Matthews is delusional in the true medical sense of neurological or mental illness. His arguments are never presented at face value, only in metaphors or hypothetical storylines, ‘…Dick Cheney is like the troll under the bridge…’, ‘…Sarah Palin gets up in the morning with no ambition to learn stuff’. May be driven by jealosy, inferiority. Same is true for Olby, Schultz, Shuster, maybe even Maddow They’re clinically,sadly sick, sick people. Great resume enhancer for your run-of-the-mill MSNBC pundit.

16MPG on April 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM

‘she’s making zillions of dollars’…as if that’s a crime. Zillions? Sounds more like the deficit dear leader’s imposing on the people of this country. Why has being successful become such a crime? Chris, don’t tell me you wouldn’t trade places with her, either.

Kissmygrits on April 28, 2010 at 6:18 PM

And you came to all that just because I recognize how mediocre and rather dumb the half-term governor of Alaska is? Brilliant.

FlickeringFlame

No, I managed to read the descriptive and informative adjectives you use when referring to Sarah Palin, not the lack of insight you demonstrate when trying to parse what she says.

If anyone is a maroon, its you pal.

belad on April 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Well, she did major in journalism.

Bobbertsan on April 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

And wrote her own book.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

And wrote her own book.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

All by herself?? /flickering flame

belad on April 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I recognize how mediocre and rather dumb the half-term governor of Alaska is? Brilliant.

FlickeringFlame on April 28, 2010 at 4:44 PM

LOL, the old “quitter” meme again?

You really need to have simplesimon right some better material for you.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM

You really need to have simplesimon right write some better material for you.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Typical left wing talking head…I’m special and your not, oh did I mention that I am smarter than everyone too…!

Badbrucskie on April 28, 2010 at 6:42 PM

And wrote her own book.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

All by herself?? /flickering flame

belad on April 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Actually, legal scholar crr6 proved to me last week that Palin didn’t write her book.

6′s source of positive proof? A local TV newsbabe from San Diego who’s married to a linebacker for the Chargers.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Very few writers write books by themselves. They get lots of help from publishers, ghost writers, professional consultants and other helpers when writing a book. I am aware the likelihood of Sarah Palin writing a book strictly by herself was extremely remote.

belad on April 28, 2010 at 6:51 PM

belad on April 28, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I forgot to add:

Unlike Teh One, who wrote not one but two books all by himself.

belad on April 28, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Good one Chrissy!

MCGIRV on April 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM

It’s time we combat their Alinsky ridicule tactics by turning the tables and labeling personal attacks as sexism. It’s unacceptable to attack her in such a degrading manner. Perhaps if we start labeling people like Matthews as sexist it may quell their below-the-belt remarks toward Palin. If not, we could go after the sponsors letting them know what type of programming they are supporting.

Christina_M on April 28, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Three people calling Sarah Palin “ignorant” and none of them have ever been governor, mayor, VP candidate, or in fact as rich as she is becoming. Who are the ignorants?

afotia on April 28, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Well Matthews would certainly know.

badpenny on April 28, 2010 at 7:27 PM

The biggest problem with Chrissy is his belief that his former boss,Jimmah, is still relevant. How ignorant is that?

belad on April 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

But how about this, as someone who trained yourself, like I did, to learn some things, who gets up every day and tries to know something before they talk.

And yet, fails miserably day in and day out. No wonder Mr. Matthews seems so depressed.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2010 at 7:58 PM

who gets up every day and tries to know something before they talk.

Apparently what Tingles tries to know before he talks is his “talking point”.

The guy can’t even come up with something original!

Monday, April 26, 2010
The Commercialization of False Narratives About Palin (Update)+
Gabriel Sherman’s eight-page cover story in the New York Magazine is now available.

Sherman also claims that Palin takes “sheer joy..in what she doesn’t know.” This narrative is

Sarah Inc.: Palin’s Sheer Joy of ‘Not Knowing’; Her $12 Million a …
Apr 28, 2010 … “People look at her and say, ‘She has a bunch of the same troubles I do, … Anthony Weiner Calls Out Fox & Friends(FOOLS) For Misinforming On … Bloggged Sarah Inc.: Palin’s Sheer Joy of ‘Not Knowing’; Her $12 Million

On and on, Tingles is living proof “there is a fine line tween an open mind and an empty head”.

DSchoen on April 28, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Hey Tingles, since when is ignorant a noun?

RobCon on April 28, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Bite me.

FlickeringFlame on April 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

That’s a compelling and persuasive argument. I thought you came here to add some “intelligence” to the Palin threads?

NoLeftTurn on April 28, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Just ignore the thread spammers. The Wall and happyfeet just repeat the same ol’ same ol’ in every Palin thread.

ddrintn on April 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Matthews is just jealous about his job as a Professional Ignorant.

Axeman on April 29, 2010 at 2:45 AM

…she`s campaigning almost for the role of a professional ignorant…

Anyone else out there get the distinct impression that Matthews is rapidly running out of things to say?

pilamaye on April 29, 2010 at 6:43 AM

Anyone else out there get the distinct impression that Matthews is rapidly running out of things to say?

pilamaye on April 29, 2010 at 6:43 AM

How would anyone know? What is his viewership? 233,000?

Inanemergencydial on April 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

There’s likely more persons viewing Matthews ignorant statements here on Hotair than there is on his pathetic television program.
When will Pinnochio subsidize these boot lickers so they can stay in business?

dhunter on April 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

When I want to watch Tingles’ show I just scratch my nails on a chalkboard and the desire is fulfilled.

Akzed on April 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Chrissy and MSNBC, fading into nothingness. This guy will never be hired as a journalist again. He has no ethics, and he’s uglier than homemade sin….

adamsmith on April 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Mr. Matthews, what kine of remark is “you wake up trying to learn something”? Are you implying that when you doze off you forget everything you have ever learned. This is symptomatic of a very short attention span, the onset of Alzheimer’s, or a condition I call ‘flow through syndrome’ (FTS).

As an E-9 (retired after 25 years of proud and dedicated service) in the USAF, I found many of the junior enlisted and several officers I worked with suffered from ‘FTS’. To them it became known as “F#(k this $h!+).

However, the cure was simple. For six month, I instructed them to talk to me with either their left/right hand over one of their ears. At the end of that period they would ask me why I had done this. because it worked? I simply told them that my hold a hand over on ear I was assured that the information I imparted to this did not come out the side.

MSGTAS on April 30, 2010 at 10:11 AM

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