Chris Matthews: In their own weird way, these tea partiers are kind of awesome

posted at 8:30 pm on September 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, don’t get too excited here. He’s making the same point, essentially, that Obama did in dismissing Beck’s rally as a byproduct of economic anxiety: Right-wing voters are scared and angry because they feel gypped by our flawed, insufficiently redistributionist system, so now they’re going to take it out on incumbents. He doesn’t really “get” the tea party, in other words — but he sure does like the idea of grassroots voters slaying an entrenched establishment. That’s an awfully strange bit of praise to find on MSNBC given that the left has spent every day since January 20, 2009, arguing that conservatives are a lunatic fringe who can’t be trusted with power. (Just yesterday, Bill Clinton insisted that tea partiers make George Bush look like a liberal.) But I guess, like everyone, Tingles has soft spot for populism too. In fact, consider this a sneak preview of O’Donnell’s campaign strategy against Coons. One strand of the tea-party ethos, i.e. purging Democrats, centrists, RINOs, etc etc, isn’t such a smart way to go in a state as blue as Delaware. But a different strand — purging the establishment — can appeal anywhere. If she and her team are smart, they won’t so much as utter the words “liberal” or “Democrat” vis-a-vis Chris Coons from now until November. Stick with “ruling class,” “rubber stamp,” “Goliath,” “Beltway favorite,” and so forth. If it works on Matthews, it can work on anyone.

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“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

ronsfi on September 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM

oh.my.word.

LEBA on September 15, 2010 at 8:33 PM

but he sure does like the idea of grassroots voters slaying an entrenched establishment.

Unless it’s his entrenched establishment.

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I thought the Tea Party has Democrats and Independents in it?

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

O’donnell’s moneybomb wipeout coons cash advantage today. she is close to 750,000 plus $84,000 form the party plus Demints promise of $175,000

that’s a million bucks today she raised most in small donations…wow.

Reid’s pet should watch out.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Bunch of bandwagon pansies.

John the Libertarian on September 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Tingles.

He’s stuck with that name for life…:)

SHARPTOOTH on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Behold real change.

ronsfi on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Of course, this is the group that Nancy Pelosi originally said was a bunch of astroturf plants. It’s just funny for me to reflect on that, as they rock the Republican establishment to its core.

I think Matthews and company have a strange respect for it during primary season, but will take a completely different approach whenever these candidates are taking a run at the Democrat establishment in the general.

stldave on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

The left is going to get ugly.

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

“LET ME FINISH” We can only hope so.

chickasaw42 on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Stick with “ruling class,” “rubber stamp,” “Goliath,” “Beltway favorite,” and so forth.

And “pet.”

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Shorter Matthews:

“Man, I gotta start sucking up the the GOP…in a couple of months, I’ll have to change ideologies just to stay on the air”

BobMbx on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

i actually watched him tonight.

let me tell you:

HE KNOWS PALIN & THE TEA PARTY = POWER

every single dem guest was laughing off odonnell and he kept shouting “STOP UNDERESTIMATING THEM!!!!” he told david corn that the ‘titanic is half underwater, and here you are saying it won’t affect 1st class’

HA!

TINGLES IS SCARRRREEED!!!!

picklesgap on September 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM

I missed the part about DeMint kicking in 175k? Who from?

wi farmgirl on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I’m starting to look for where I want to book a room on election night so I can REALLY party with the republican winners.

Mojave Mark on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Chris has that tingle up his leg again. Oh never mind. It’s just Reed’s pet Coons.

Electrongod on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

If she and her team are smart, they won’t so much as utter the words “liberal” or “Democrat” vis-a-vis Chris Coons from now until November. Stick with “ruling class,” “rubber stamp,” “Goliath,” “Beltway favorite,” and so forth. If it works on Matthews, it can work on anyone.

I don’t know I’m thinking PET

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

All the experts keep talking about what a sure bet Castle was in the general. If that was true, how did O’Donnell completely wax his clock in the primary? The math doesn’t add up.

None of these political goons have recognized what is really happening in this country.

joedoe on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

How does Marxism play in Delaware?

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 8:39 PM

I actually think he got it mostly right on this one.

I guess the stopped clock theory is correct.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 8:39 PM

That’s an awfully strange bit of praise to find on MSNBC given that the left has spent every day since January 20, 2009, arguing that conservatives are a lunatic fringe who can’t be trusted with power.

Not that strange: the “stick it to the man” element he is talking about is probably closer to the heart of most leftists than any single policy.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 8:39 PM

A fool as always, they just don’t get the Tea Party, like trying to explain Christianity to an atheist, it is too complex of an idea for them to understand, yet any 5 year old understands perfectly.
Chrissy, it isn’t “anger” the word you used a dozen times. I have never seen so many happy, smiling, angry people as when one goest to a Tea Party event.
It is focus, determination, drive, knowledge, and security knowing that what you are doing is right.

right2bright on September 15, 2010 at 8:40 PM

They don’t see that the Republican party is re-generating right before their eyes. It will, over the course of the next couple of election cycles, become the force that will cut this bloated government down to size.

It won’t be perfect. There will be some missteps and setbacks here and there. It will happen, though. It has to.

trigon on September 15, 2010 at 8:40 PM

The left is going to get ugly.
DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

They’re already ugly. Now they’re going to get desperate. Bring it on…

joejm65 on September 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM

missed the part about DeMint kicking in 175k? Who from?

wi farmgirl on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Matt Hoskins, a spokesman for Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund, writes in an email to TWS that the Senate Conservatives Fund is rising to the challenge:

The party’s coordinated spending limit for a Senate nominee in Delaware is $87,000. The RNC and the NRSC each have that limit so it is double that amount. $174,000 total. Since the party is saying they will cut her off, this will be SCF’s initial goal. We will likely raise her this money from grassroots by next week.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Chrissie, dear tingly lad, you too are sorta awesome — as awesome as a deadly fart in a crowded elevator.

Now quit soaping my back.

GnuBreed on September 15, 2010 at 8:43 PM

The left is going to get ugly.

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

I don’t think so. the left is demoralized, beaten like a red-headed step-child. their leader is a failure, their policies have been failures and they ar efacing total reject never before seen in the history of this country at the ballot booths. the left is being very quiet hoping the anger dies down.

Hell Obama is proposing tax cuts on business. imagine that

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:44 PM

The left is going to get ugly.

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Going to get ugly? They’ve been uglier than Michael Moore without underwear for a long time going now

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

“Tingles” is having a “Crossing of the Tingle Streams”
………again!!

canopfor on September 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Of course, this is the group that Nancy Pelosi originally said was a bunch of astroturf plants.

stldave on September 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Would you like Nazis with that?

scrubjay on September 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Let Me Finish…..

This is what’s heard at the door of MSNBC’s executive restroom after every Obama speech.

BigWyo on September 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Ed Rollins,who was political director for the Reagan White House, is currently a senior political contributor for CNN. He comments on the political primary season which wrapped up Tuesday:

The Tea Party is for real! Sarah Palin is the woman!

Whether mainstream Republicans or the political class like it, she is the darling of the angry, motivated voters out there and her endorsement counts big time, at least in Republican primaries.

Forget Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s endorsement. In May, he couldn’t even get his hand-picked candidate the nomination in a state he is supposed to control. You want to win, get support from Senator Jim DeMint, chairman of the conservative Senate Republican Steering Committee, or former Majority leader and Tea Party activist Dick Armey.

Not every Palin-endorsed candidate won, but she certainly was a major player in taking unknown candidates and getting them across the finish line. The winners in the Senate primaries yesterday in New Hampshire and Delaware yesterday were just added to that list.

I can’t remember any political cycle where the Republican establishment took the mugging its taken over the last few months.

CAN I have some more PLEASE!!!!!

http://texas4palin.blogspot.com/

Every polotician should be required to read the Tale of Two cities to understand what is going on in the country today.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Strange New Respect time!

rockmom on September 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Going to get ugly? They’ve been uglier than Michael Moore without underwear for a long time going now

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Crap I just ate. thanks…thanks alot

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:49 PM

but he sure does like the idea of grassroots voters slaying an entrenched establishment.

By the way, Nathan Gonzales of The Rothenberg Political Report calculated that 98.6% of incumbents who ran for re-election have been renominated.

amerpundit on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Going to get ugly? They’ve been uglier than Michael Moore without underwear for a long time going now

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Thanks. Thanks a whole bunch. There’s a picture I’ll never get out of my mind.

GrannyDee on September 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM

to all those calling O’Donnell a NUT! for thinking people were in her bushes I think you owe her an apology. As this story shows. It happens all the time.

Republican Congressional candidate Jon Runyan has filed charges against a campaign staffer for Congressman John Adler (D-NJ03).

From the Courier Post:

Last Wednesday, Fredric C. Samson of Mount Holly allegedly trespassed on the Runyans’ Mount Laurel property and took photographs as their youngest daughter, Isabella, played in the front yard, according to a Mount Laurel Police report.

The 8-year-old went into the house and told her mother that Samson was standing in the driveway, according to Jon Runyan. Loretta Runyan, a former Houston police officer, got into her car and followed Samson for four miles until he stopped at Rep. John Adler’s Evesham campaign office.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Hell Obama is proposing tax cuts on business. imagine that
unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:44 PM

pffft… His idea of a tax cut is a demand that businesses perform exactly as he orders, and in exchange they get a few crumbs from Michelle Antoinette’s cake.

Buy Danish on September 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM

He forgot we where all white, hooded klansmen tonight for an hour.

The Ugly American on September 15, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Stick with “ruling class,” “rubber stamp,” “Goliath,” “Beltway favorite,” and so forth.

” Parasites”
” Beltway butchers”
” DC dacoits”
” Capitol thugs”
” Taxers and wasters ”
” Fangs of greed”
” Smelly huggies of the beltway”

macncheez on September 15, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Going to get ugly? They’ve been uglier than Michael Moore without underwear for a long time going now

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Damn you! At least pass the eye bleach.

katy the mean old lady on September 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

They didn’t need to be ugly with this race because Castle and the establishment GOP took care of that for them. Now they have to do their own ugliness, and there is no one more practiced at it.

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 9:03 PM

But a different strand — purging the establishment — can appeal anywhere.
=================

The Battle for Britian,er,The Battle for
America has just begun….. ……

The Battle of Britain Theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilthAhihU_M

canopfor on September 15, 2010 at 9:04 PM

“Let me Finish” – when does Sissy ever shut up?

Branch Rickey on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM

His reading of a teleprompter sounds like an angry 6th grader. At least Obambi has two T’sOTUS so we can pretend we’re watching a tennis match.

Ugly on September 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM

And so…..the Great Grand Purgation begins……..

on its long road to November….. …….

Buckle-Up,its gonna be a h*llevu ride….(sarc).

canopfor on September 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

I think it’s grudging admiration for real hope and change. Unlike the MSM’s failed attempt to remake government with its candidate, carreer politicion Obama, the Tea Party is demonstrating real hope and change by ousting establishment politicians.

Or maybe he’s trying a little reverse psychology to stem the anger of true conservative electorate.

suburbanite on September 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

I never thought in my lifetime I would hear Matthews string together 2 or 3 coherent words, much less a paragraph.

Willie on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Well Chrissy read this and pass this along to your liberal buddies and San Fran Nan please.

The Tea Party new motto thanks to Nancy..

“You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we’re going to get Democrats and RINOS out of power healthcare reform passed for all the American people.”

bluemarlin on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Anyone up for a couple of verses of “Kumbaya”..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 9:09 PM

I never thought in my lifetime I would hear Matthews string together 2 or 3 coherent words, much less a paragraph.

Willie on September 15, 2010 at 9:08 PM

I did not watch it, was it dry words or a wet paragraph?

bluemarlin on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

By the way, Nathan Gonzales of The Rothenberg Political Report calculated that 98.6% of incumbents who ran for re-election have been renominated.

amerpundit on September 15, 2010 at 8:53 PM

That’s taken the house into the equation. the Senate is alot different numbers.

37 senate seats are up for election.

3 sitting senators have been defeated. Spector, Lisa and Bennett.

12 have decided to retire instead of face votes.
(3 have moved into higher office, 2 have died)

So so 54% of the seats up for re-election will already see turnover.

the ones left 22 seats ….12 are dem seats with 50% or 6 of those in danger of losing their seat. and 10 are GOP msot of which are secure but Burr might see trouble.

6 out of 22 is a possible 27% loss to incumbants

out of all 37 seats you are looking at 23 possibly changing hands or a 62% turnover. which is indeed breathtaking.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

She was on Hannity, mostly pushing for unity, making nice to Rove, and making sure that she pushed that this is people tired of the establishment.

The woman is doing pretty good so far.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM

I missed the part about DeMint kicking in 175k? Who from?

wi farmgirl on September 15, 2010 at 8:38 PM

DeMint has a Senate Conservatives PAC. I have been contributing to it for months instead of throwing money to the RNC.

onlineanalyst on September 15, 2010 at 9:15 PM

She was on Hannity, mostly pushing for unity, making nice to Rove, and making sure that she pushed that this is people tired of the establishment.

The woman is doing pretty good so far.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM

I would agree, what I saw of it.

bluemarlin on September 15, 2010 at 9:15 PM

pffft… His idea of a tax cut is a demand that businesses perform exactly as he orders, and in exchange they get a few crumbs from Michelle Antoinette’s cake.

Buy Danish on September 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I’m not saying its a good tax cut i’m saying Obama is proposing TAX CUTS!. the man that believes in government control for everything is reduced to arguing for tax cuts to keep some dems in office. that is how bad they have been beaten in the last 19 months. they have lost the debate in the public eyes. Obama is going back to the Reagan playbook not the marx’s playbook.

when you stop to think about it it really is breathtaking

Liberalism/socialism have been REJECTED and they know it. That doesn’t mean they will not do those things it just means they will try more secret ways. they have lost the debate. we are not all socialists now. but Wolverines.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 9:15 PM

The woman is doing pretty good so far.

AnninCA on September 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Just hit 4th goal of the day at $750,000 next goal million?

http://christine2010.com/

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 9:17 PM

the cuda speaking truth to power:

Sarah Palin told Bill O’Reilly tonight that insiders like Karl Rove don’t think Christine O’Donnell will win because they don’t want her to win. Sarah went on to clobber Rove for attacking the Delaware conservative.
http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 9:19 PM

“DC dacoit”??

No.

“dacoit” is exclusively a beta-male word for thug.

However, “Reid’s pet” will do nicely.

G. Charles on September 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Well Allah just got his QOTD from Palin on BOR

insiders like Karl Rove don’t think Christine O’Donnell will win because they don’t want her to win

Frame that and remember that. they are not your friends they are mike Castle’s lisa murk, and Bob bennett’s friends.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 9:26 PM

If she and her team are smart, they won’t so much as utter the words “liberal” or “Democrat” vis-a-vis Chris Coons from now until November. Stick with “ruling class,” “rubber stamp,” “Goliath,” “Beltway favorite,” and so forth. If it works on Matthews, it can work on anyone.

I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing. Not like it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out, but if she brand Coons as Obama’s yes-man, then she’s got a real shot. Make him defend the establishment, and he’s toast. Even in Delaware.

nukemhill on September 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Found the Courier-Post story here.

Ugh — DemoCreeps! :-P

Mary in LA on September 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM

I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing. Not like it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out, but if she brand Coons as Obama’s yes-man, then she’s got a real shot. Make him defend the establishment, and he’s toast. Even in Delaware.

nukemhill on September 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Well with Reid describing Coons as ‘My pet’ she has some ready made ammo right there.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I’ve been thinking exactly the same thing. Not like it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out, but if she brand Coons as Obama’s yes-man, then she’s got a real shot. Make him defend the establishment, and he’s toast. Even in Delaware.

nukemhill on September 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Well if that’s the case then we are lucky castle lost since Coons was starting to run to Cast;e’s right. trying to paint castle as part of DC, big spender, part of the problem that caused the mess. etc.

Coons just had to rewrite his entire campaign playbook.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Yeah Chrissy, we’re about to make you IRRELEVANT!

GarandFan on September 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Nonsense. He ran on tax cuts, remember? 98% blah blah blah get a tax cut and won’t see one dime of their taxes raised (but that evil, greedy 2% who make over $200G will not be on the receiving end of my awesome plans for redistributive change)…

It’s just rhetoric to fool people into believing that he’s a centrist.

Buy Danish on September 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM

In his own weird way, Chris Matthews is kind of a jackass.

jimmy2shoes on September 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Going to get ugly? They’ve been uglier than Michael Moore without underwear for a long time going now

Sekhmet on September 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Man, I didn’t need that picture…*looks for mind bleach.

lovingmyUSA on September 15, 2010 at 10:08 PM

I thought the Tea Party has Democrats and Independents in it?
d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

It does.
In primaries you have to vote with your party.
On November 2, Tea Party Democrats and Independents will be the hammer in the last nails.

They will be the “thump” no one saw coming.

DSchoen on September 15, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Rove is an arrogant SOB that deserves to be told to quit his the criminal slander of good people that participate in politics. He said over and over tonight that O’Donnell did not pay taxes that the IRS admitted have been paid and that she never graduated from college because they held her earned diploma hostage. He knows that he is using slander based on falsehood, and he expects applause from the FOX audience. His tricks are simple “her epidermis is showing” type accusations told in a better than thou tone of a self righteous Pastor ranting about sinners. IMO Rove is acting as an agent provocoteur to gum up Palin’s due credit for her successes.

jimw on September 15, 2010 at 10:33 PM

“Let me finish”
That’s what Chrissy’s wife says.

andycanuck on September 15, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Nice job Chris. You’ve got a lot more repenting to do though.

scotash on September 15, 2010 at 10:54 PM

If she and her team are smart, they won’t so much as utter the words “liberal” or “Democrat” vis-a-vis Chris Coons from now until November. Stick with “ruling class,” “rubber stamp,” “Goliath,” “Beltway favorite,” and so forth. If it works on Matthews, it can work on anyone.

VOTE “NO” TO HARRY REID’S PET

disa on September 15, 2010 at 11:14 PM

He’s no longer delusional.

Chris, please don’t tell yer brethren and sisteren.

Schadenfreude on September 15, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Stick with “ruling class,” “rubber stamp,” “Goliath,” “Beltway favorite,” and so forth. If it works on Matthews, it can work on anyone.

How about Harry Reid’s Pet?

antisocial on September 15, 2010 at 11:54 PM

TINGLES IS SCARRRREEED!!!!

picklesgap on September 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM

..you know what’ll really tear it? He’ll get a job over on FNS in the hour after BO’REeilly.

“Tingles and Sean”..or would that be “Shingles and Tawn”?

The War Planner on September 15, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Too little, too late, Chrissy.

Nothing you can say now or ever will say will make us forget the charges of racisim, homophobia, sexism, et al, that you hurled at us as we mounted our first assaults on your “messiah”.

We’ve got long memories…

SuperCool on September 16, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Let Me Finish

Um…no.

You-Eh-Vee on September 16, 2010 at 1:13 AM

I am moderately exited about the election. Not sure of it’s outcome but I think the R’s will take the House and make gains in the Senate.

However, the gains might be much bigger than imagined. If they are MSNBC will be hilarious to watch.

jpmn on September 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Please Mr. Matthews do not ever run for office because you appear unable to accept rejection.

MSGTAS on September 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Not that strange: the “stick it to the man” element he is talking about is probably closer to the heart of most leftists than any single policy.

Count to 10 on September 15, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Envy is the ruling passion of the Left, always has been. Their ideology is just rationalization for it.

I thought the Tea Party has Democrats and Independents in it?

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM

It does, but if Pelosi et al admited that to themselves, they’d be unable to function.

LarryD on September 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM