Chris Matthews: Hey, maybe Obama should nationalize the oil industry

posted at 10:17 pm on May 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

Why he’d have to nationalize the entire industry to deal with the BP leak is unclear to me, but all men have their fantasies, my friends. Doubtless most of our male readers were thinking about Miss USA for much of the afternoon; Tingles, bless his heart, was thinking about this. We should get him and Woody Allen together, see where the discussion leads. That’d be a “Hardball” for the ages, wouldn’t it?

I think The One’s more of a commission kind of guy than an “emergency seizure” kind of guy. Which is fortunate, because from what I can tell, Matthews’s idea just might be constitutional. Click the image to watch.


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Because it’s working soooooo well for his buddy Hugo.

Excuse me while I hurl.

steveegg on May 17, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Oh Obambi would if he could – we all know it.

brak on May 17, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Better idea. Lets nationalize the MSM. That way we can have rolling blackouts of ABC,NBC,CBS etc.

clement on May 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Fortunately, no one watches Hardball, so this idea will go nowhere…

joejm65 on May 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Hey, maybe Obama should nationalize MSNBC.

SlaveDog on May 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

He’s taking a cue from Maxine Waters. What a stellar bunch of know it alls we’re stuck with today.

manateespirit on May 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Ochavez is way ahead of you, Chrissy-girl.

james23 on May 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Well he has a car company or two so he might as well have the fuel to go with it.

Next up… restaurants… so he and the missus can get a little bite to eat.

Lily on May 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Hey Chris,
I guess it worked for Hugo Chavez, huh? Commies like you are all for crap like that. Maybe MSNBC’s next?

bannedbyhuffpo on May 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Maybe we should nationalize the leg tingles industry while we’re at it’ eh, Chrissy?

Bruno Strozek on May 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM

because no one can drill for oil like Obama drills for oil.

Skandia Recluse on May 17, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I believe I would BLOW up all my infrastructure if the government decided to nationalize it. And leave it to the party of “freedom” to lead the takeaway.

originalpechanga on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 PM

They already pay more in taxes than they make in profit, so they kind of already are.

BadgerHawk on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 PM

I once had a dream in which Chris Matthews’ head turned into a transparent red balloon (but still had all its features). His balloon head got bigger and bigger and bigger and his strange, lispy voice got higher and higher (like a helium voice) and then it popped. Sigh. That was such a nice dream.

cynccook on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Get with it Chrissie, if Obama nationalized the oil industry he’d subject himself to criticism with everything and anything that goes wrong, from future spills to skyrocketing prices.

Mr. Thin Skin can’t hack that. His job is clearly focused on scolding others and never accepting any blame.

fogw on May 17, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Yeaaaaah, because politicians wouldn’t screw THAT industry up in about four months.

Bishop on May 17, 2010 at 10:29 PM

That would just be more Nationalizing from the Socialists.

Chip on May 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM

I think The One’s more of a commission kind of guy than an “emergency seizure” kind of guy. Which is fortunate, because from what I can tell, Matthews’s idea just might be constitutional.

I think that entirely depends on which pays more into the Obama fund. BP could well be persuaded that Obama needs some more donations at this point. Ironically, it’s harder to get a cut of the action with seizure.

AUINSC on May 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM

If Obama nationalized mortuaries people would stop dying..

KZnextzone on May 17, 2010 at 10:31 PM

I am now convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Left has absolutely lost their minds! Why they would want to mirror what any two-bit dictatorship would do is simply incomprehensible!

glennbo on May 17, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Does MSNBC have an ounce of shame….?
How they can build a show around that fool and not realize what a laughing stock he is is beyond the pale.

NeoKong on May 17, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Woody Allen thinks it’d be great if Obama was a dictator.
Chris Matthews thinks Obama should take over industry.

Does this not… like… SCARE anybody else?!?

Skywise on May 17, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Hey, maybe Obama should nationalize MSNBC.

SlaveDog on May 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Oh, wait! — sorry, already happened.

cthulhu on May 17, 2010 at 10:34 PM

I don’t know, Chris. Maybe because it would result in gas costing 10 bucks a gallon at the pump. If you think BP is incompetent at getting the stuff out of the ocean, imagine how well the feds will do it. Actually, they won’t even bother drilling. They’re so beholden to the environmentalist wackos that domestic oil production will come to a standstill.

Doughboy on May 17, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Chrissy must not realize that eventually PBHO will be ejected from office and a Republican might very well take over.

Or does he know something the rest of us don’t?

Bishop on May 17, 2010 at 10:38 PM

I remember when this now blithering idiot used to write a relatively well informed and interesting column for the old SF Examiner.
That was a long time ago.
What a waste.

jjshaka on May 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Somebody a while back around here said it reference to Al Gore that “when all you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” Same comment probably applies to Chris Matthews. More government is the answer – what’s the question again?

David Shane on May 17, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Keeewwwlll…

It’s very hard to sue the Federal Government…

… Tell the enviornmentalists to suck on it,

and DRILL, BABY, DRILL!!!

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Of course make everything…..EVERYTHING….”A public utility”.

Health
Automobile industry
Internet
Energy sector
Broadcast media (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ETC.)

This is just a socialist/marxist/chavez dream come true.

Slightly off thread……you know why the Russians / ChiComms/ NorKors/ Iranians / Venezuelans aren’t attacking us frontally?………WHY FREAKING BOTHER?……..They can see that we have a President / Congress / leadership team that is fully committed to the dismantling of everything that has made this country great for 200 years.

Why should our enemies abroad do anything but sit and watch and decide what pieces they want in our upcoming POST-AMERICAN WORLD?

When you’ve got the Destroyer in your own country…..what else is there to do but watch the show?………

PappyD61 on May 17, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Let nationalize NBC and replace all the old stupid cracker show hosts with pretty girls. I could go for that.

Hummer53 on May 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Chrissy wants Barry to nationalize tingles and legs. He likes it when Barry’s in control.

anXdem on May 17, 2010 at 10:45 PM

…because from what I can tell, Matthews’s idea just might be constitutional.

Or not.

You’ll notice that when the president tried to sieze the steel industry, which was about to shut down during wartime, the court rebuffed him and the seizure failed.

jaime on May 17, 2010 at 10:47 PM

All this clamoring for an American dictator is very troubling.

Inanemergencydial on May 17, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Fortunately, no one watches Hardball, so this idea will go nowhere…

joejm65 on May 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

No one except the WH and journalists.

conservative pilgrim on May 17, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Dear Mr Matthews-

We all saw this coming a long time before you talked about it….

PS We’re not that dumb.

Dick Turpin on May 17, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Oil is a difficult business for companies that have been in it 75 years. I am sure Obama could fire the oil execs and put his Chicago gangsta pals in there and run the industry into the dirt. It may be years before GM or chrysler render a tru financia statement. I see several companies move their heaadquarters out of the States soon. Name a business Obama or one of his close buds have run successfully. Just one. How about all the Papa Johns stores Rezco had? He scrood GE Finance and banks on the .. How About the pritzker bank? Obama and his touch leave a trail of buusiness fraud and failure.

seven on May 17, 2010 at 10:49 PM

but all men have their fantasies, my friends

yes, but not all men tingle when they do….

ted c on May 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM

I believe I would BLOW up all my infrastructure if the government decided to nationalize it. And leave it to the party of “freedom” to lead the takeaway.

originalpechanga on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Saddam tried that. It failed.

BobMbx on May 17, 2010 at 10:53 PM

I didn’t really think before that the American left as a whole idolized Hugo Chavez, just the fringe kooks like Sean Penn and Danny Glover. Now, it’s getting harder to argue that idolization for Hugo is limited to the nuts when you have so many people advocating that Obama take steps similar to what Chavez has done or is doing.

I’ll echo a previous commenter, though. Good thing this was on Hardball so no one will see it. :)

Wellsy on May 17, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Chris Matthews would be a great Hugo Chavez minion!

Hey Chris, let me buy you a one-way ticket to Venezuela!

We believe in freedom in the U.S.A; get it, nimrod?

Mark7788 on May 17, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Maxine Waters (D-CA) is far ahead of him on this.
Remember this?

Limbaugh’s reaction

Brian1972 on May 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Wait for it…

… Wwwaaaaiiiiiit!

“See, I told you Capitalism doesn’t work!” – Col. Barack Hussein Obowma

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Come down here and try to take it, Chrissie. Texas needs more fertilizer in our flower beds.

TexasJew on May 17, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Apparently, no one fakes outrage like a fraud who’s driven wild by his sodomite mancrush of Stalin wannabees. Even Olberdouche really believes the nonsense coming out of his felate-Barack-flap, so I guess he’s mornonically sincere (by compariso).

Hey Chrissy, your Chicom heroes would execute a self-serving soap-box clown like you faster than you could fold a dumpling for your crimes against the state, you useful idiot goon! See you in November, a-hole.

Western_Civ on May 17, 2010 at 11:02 PM

If Obama nationalized mortuaries people would stop dying..

KZnextzone on May 17, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Meet the death panels at Obamascare.
The grave diggers jobs are shovel ready.

seven on May 17, 2010 at 11:04 PM

… and if he did decide to do it, we’d do f@#$-all about it, wouldn’t we?

*grumbles*

Midas on May 17, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Better idea. Lets nationalize the MSM. That way we can have rolling blackouts of ABC,NBC,CBS etc.

clement on May 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Rimshot, please.

Hey, maybe Obama should nationalize MSNBC.

SlaveDog on May 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Oh, wait! — sorry, already happened.

cthulhu on May 17, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Comment of the Day™

steveegg on May 17, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Yep, nationalizing the oil industry in Venezuela has worked out SO WELL. But I’m sure AssHat Chrissy believe his Obamassiah “will get it right this time”.

Sure Chrissy. Now go back in the sandbox and play nice with the other liberal “thinkers”. Oh, and how’s that “Payback” from Chrysler working out?

GarandFan on May 17, 2010 at 11:27 PM

What.

An.

Idiot.

What “unbridled capitalism” is Tingles talking about. The oil industry is highly regulated. This was an industrial accident the cause(s) and circumstances of which we know precious little at the present time. The last thing we need right now is to put the government in charge of something about which they know almost nothing and expect them to fix it….

I know, I know; stop laughing …………

dissent555 on May 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM

The White House is already doing what it can to rid themselves of those pesky reporters, so there is no need to nationalize the media.

J_Crater on May 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

I believe I would BLOW up all my infrastructure if the government decided to nationalize it. And leave it to the party of “freedom” to lead the takeaway.

originalpechanga on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Wyatt’s Torch, anyone?

Dark-Star on May 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM

The federal government didn’t follow it’s own freaking rules, and so this idiot wants them in complete control of everything?

WisCon on May 18, 2010 at 12:02 AM

I think I agree mostly with Laura Ingram, who keeps emphasizing that the political parties aren’t the issue, it’s competency.

AnninCA on May 18, 2010 at 12:09 AM

Maxine Waters (D-CA) is far ahead of him on this.
Remember this?

Limbaugh’s reaction

Brian1972 on May 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Yes, I do. I was thinking the same thing. Matthews will be glad to know that he’s at the same intellectual level as Maxine Waters. If I were Matthews, after realizing that, I’d take my own life.

BuckeyeSam on May 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Ted Turner-Chris Matthew-Woody Allen

3 nutjobs enter the Hardball ring, no one sees it.

di butler on May 18, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Allahpundit is apparently going to gush about Miss Hezbollah in all of his posts now with no deference to who she is or what she represents. Very, very sad to see HotAir dissipate in this fashion. :-(

Levinite on May 18, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Next thing you know, he’ll be suggesting Obama nationalize the auto industry, financial companies, health care, student loans…oh, wait.

ncborn on May 18, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Nationalize the oil industry! Great idea! And once the government is running the oil industry, this kind of thing will never happen again!

tbrosz on May 18, 2010 at 1:34 AM

Maxine Waters has already said they would do as such.

I’m very sure that someone has pointed this out before now. I happen to be on the left coast, so I “see” things much later than most of you do. ;o)

kakypat on May 18, 2010 at 2:58 AM

And…that’s why I don’t post very much.

Everything has been “spoken for”. ;o)

kakypat on May 18, 2010 at 2:59 AM

Would this be one of those instances where the “R” word would be acceptable?

iceman1960 on May 18, 2010 at 7:15 AM

“Tingles” is proof positive that a Clown College dropout can be successful.
“We don’t need no stinkin’ diplomas”.

mad scientist on May 18, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Nationalize the Oil Industry and Barry “Chavez” Obama gets a middle name the Left hates even more than “Hussein”.

mad scientist on May 18, 2010 at 7:24 AM

No Chrissie, maybe he should nationalize your punditry industry? Certainly news and the untruths associated with news are as vital to a free nation as its energy. Would you like that? How about it; a truth czar who would act like the pay czar and the coming obesity czar, and determine just how much truth each of us is allowed to consume.

Don L on May 18, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Let’s see now, put Obama in charge of big oil because it was evil when George Bush and Dick Cheney were too close to it?

Don L on May 18, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Tingles is in a panic. He’s afraid this will turn into
Obama’s “Ixtoc”. Something Chrissie is very familiar with as it happened during his old boss Jimmah Carter’s administration.

IXTOC (1979)
“The IXTOC I was an exploratory well that blew up in the Bay of Campeche on June 3, 1979, after oil and gas feeding from the well ignited. At its height the well may have pumped upwards of 30,000 barrels of oil (1.26 million gallons) into the Gulf a day; currents eventually brought the oil to the Texas shore that August. Engineers were finally able to cap the well on March 23, 1980. The spill is the second-largest in history, behind the deliberate oil spills created at the end of the 1991 Gulf War. Total cleanup costs are estimated at $498 million (about $1.4 billion in 2010 dollars).”
http://blog.al.com/live/2010/05/gulf_of_mexico_has_plenty_of_f.html

1.26 million gallons a day and over 9 months to stop.
He knows if it takes 9 months(or even the 3 months being ‘projected’)Obama will own this completely.
And that scares the “tingle” out of him.

mrt721 on May 18, 2010 at 8:02 AM

I don’t care what fool thinks this might be constitutional … what I do know, is that if he attempts to Nationalize the oil companies it will be rev0lution.

Most of your oil companies operate in either Alaska, Texas, or along the Gulf Coast. Those are RED AREAS baby and none of us trust the Feds when it comes to drilling. Oil is our life down here in Louisiana.

Nationalize Oil? Yeah – g’head and try that. Good Luck.

HondaV65 on May 18, 2010 at 8:03 AM

maybe dear leader will make chrissy the oil czar and get his crazy mug off the tube….

cmsinaz on May 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Nah; The Oil Industry will become sycophants just like the media because they fear the wrath of Obambi.

Cybergeezer on May 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

So the racist Chris Matthews is either a fascist or a socialist.

rbj on May 18, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Click the image to watch.

Not just no, but Hell No! I can only take so much crap in the morning before the caffeine kicks in….

Besides, we all know what the lefists want anyway. Maxine Waters already let it slip out.

JohnnyD on May 18, 2010 at 8:41 AM

but Obama isn’t a SOCIALIST….oh no……what a moron.
and to top it off Alinsky is one of Matthew’s heroes.

I sent him a facebook message…your bias is only overshadowed by your ignorance.

lilium on May 18, 2010 at 8:48 AM

None dare call it socialism, though. Because that’s just crazy talk.

Good Lt on May 18, 2010 at 9:29 AM

If Obama nationalized mortuaries people would stop dying..

KZnextzone on May 17, 2010 at 10:31 PM

If he nationalized mortuaries we’d have a new product in the stores called Soylent Green.

TugboatPhil on May 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM

What could go wrong?

Farmer_Joe on May 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Actually, I like this idea. I mean, if there is anything that guarantees a success of a business or industry, it’s Government control. I mean, look at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Better yet, let’s not look at them. It’s too confusing when you think about it, which is why we’re not going to reform them.

The Post Office, which has the market cornered on letter delivery, is a clear example of a profitable business run by the Government. No, wait, nevermind.

Um Social Security. Of course, Social Security. Thank God. You see, Social Security is a great system that has new people pay others who have moved up the Pyramid to the top, and this is completely different from a Ponzi Scheme because it’s a law instead of a scam. This is a completely successful system that will be solvent for Generations thanks to the prescription of Bill Clinton last week, more immigrants, and higher taxes.

Still, you have to like the idea of the Government taking over the Oil Companies, because the Government has such a long history of great successes in managing things. I’ll come up with a good example eventually. If you could help out, I’d really appreciate it.

Snake307 on May 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Directive 10-289, coming right up (Ding!)

I’m still amazed at the parallels between what these people have done, or want to do, and the story line in Atlas Shrugged. Rand saw it coming.

iurockhead on May 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Nationalize British Petroleum? Wouldn’t that necessitate invading the UK to get America’s hands on all that foreign oil?

No Blood for Oil, Tingley!

A bloodless way to nationalize the British petrol industry would be to make Barry British Prime Minister, then he could do it. And America would take Conservative PM David Cameron as our President. Britain’s loss would be America’s gain.

ChrisB on May 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM

But don’t you dare call them Socialists!

Blacklake on May 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM

If this oil platform had been owned by the government, it would still be leaking at full force…with no action taken and no government plan for action formulated.

Obama would have given a few speeches blaming everybody and everything else for the problem, commanding the oil well to stop leaking immediately, announcing that he “would not put up with it” and telling us that it was his “top priority” to stop it.

Meanwhile, the leaking oil would fail to respect Obama and would continue to ignore his speeches.

landlines on May 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM