Matthews: How will Dems win back the House with Christian conservatives angry at Anthony Weiner?

posted at 5:05 pm on June 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Good to know there’s at least there’s one other MSNBC employee beside Ed Schultz who’s troubled by Weinergate, even if it is for entirely selfish partisan reasons. Leaving aside the fact that it’s highly dubious that an 18-month-old scandal will matter in next year’s economic referendum/election, am I to understand from this that Tingles thinks only the “backward” among us might object to Weiner’s online wienering? Let me reiterate a point I made yesterday: Cliche thought it may be, in this case it’s really not about the sex. (It may end up being about the sex depending upon Patterico’s next post(s) in this series, but it isn’t yet.) What it’s about is a guy in a position of power having a grip on reality so weak that he thought he might be elected mayor of America’s biggest city despite tweeting photos of his rod to random women around the country. When the average politician is unfaithful, as sleazy and shameful as his behavior may be, there’s usually at least some rational precaution taken to keep from being found out. With Weiner, it’s the opposite — photographic evidence, perfectly preserved and duplicable via the Internet, generated by him without so much as the minimal precaution of making sure that his face isn’t captured in any of the photos. You don’t have to find his behavior immoral to think, “Gee, maybe this guy, who’s clearly willing to do almost anything to impress his admirers, shouldn’t be trusted with sensitive government responsibilities.” Even now, after two weeks of saturation coverage, some of his Democratic colleagues are marveling that “I don’t think he understands how bad this is.” Of course he doesn’t. Name one fact adduced about him over the past two weeks that would make you think he has a realistic sense of anything that relates to his own ambition. For cripes sake, we’ve reached the point where Bill Clinton is allegedly frustrated that he won’t step down.

I do like the implication from this morning’s Post story, though, that Weiner needs to stick around in Congress because he has no marketable job skills to make it in the real world. That’s a perfect microcosm of our political class these days — clammy, corrupt, removed from its subjects to the point that it couldn’t survive among them if it had to, and yet somehow entitled to govern them. What a unique skill set Weiner has, huh? He’s incapable of doing anything except (a) peppering liberal talking points with soundbite-worthy wisecracks and (b) crafting the laws everyone else has to live by. Oh, and (c) snapping photos of his bare ass and e-mailing them out. There’s your “high-functioning man” for you. Click the image to watch.

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Had I known how easy it would be to bring down Weiner, I’d have started following him on Twitter myself well before this. Oh well, I think I’ll go and follow Tingles now. How bad would it have to be to get him to resign, do you think?

cynccook on June 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Sorry. I can’t click the link. My IQ drops 10 points everytime I listen to Mathews.

Save your pennies and support conservative candidates in 2012.

NickDeringer on June 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Right, the Democrats’ chances of recapturing the House will be stymied by the Weiner affair.

Or non-affair if you will.

“Well, we’ve got 9% unemployment and a skyrocketing debt and no growth but they got rid of that Weiner fellow so Martha and I got in the pickup truck and decided to vote for the Democrat.”

This isn’t just stupid it’s silly.

SteveMG on June 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

snarktastic, AP! strong work.

ted c on June 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Only us backward folk think lying & dissemination of self-porn are wrong.

itsnotaboutme on June 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

What a unique skill set Weiner has, huh? He’s incapable of doing anything except (a) peppering liberal talking points with soundbite-worthy wisecracks

is it just me or did AP just change that from “being a wise ass”?

works either way…

ted c on June 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

That’s a perfect microcosm of our political class these days — clammy, corrupt, removed from its subjects to the point that it couldn’t survive among them if it had to, and yet somehow entitled to govern them.

Take the rest of the day off…good one. No, great one!

WashJeff on June 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM

I’ve known it for a long time, but Chris Matthews is a mentally deranged.

He makes some of the most outlandish goofy comments for a so-called broadcast professional.

DeathB4Tyranny on June 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

“What it’s about is a guy in a position of power having a grip on reality so weak that he thought he might be elected mayor of the country’s biggest city despite tweeting photos of his rod mosquito bite to random women around the country.”

Fixed it for ‘ya, Big Guy…

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Hardball baggin’ on Weiner?

Too easy…pass.

Christien on June 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

A member of Congress engages in predatory sexual behavior with young women he’s never met, and the big question on Tingles mind is whether it’ll affect Dems’ chances in 2012? Would it be too much to ask for a word of concern for the victims of this pervert?

Dee2008 on June 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Stupid hicks. All the well-credentialed cool kids jack off at work while tweeting their penises to unknown women around the country. You’d do it, too, if it weren’t for your dark ages religion. Stupid hicks.

Rational Thought on June 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

What? Christian conservatives otherwise vote for a lot of Dems, do they??

SukieTawdry on June 10, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Here’s a news flash, Tingles, Dems weren’t going to get the House back even after weiner.

Shay on June 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Oops, I meant before weiner.

Shay on June 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I’ve known it for a long time, but Chris Matthews is a mentally deranged.

He makes some of the most outlandish goofy comments for a so-called broadcast professional.

DeathB4Tyranny on June 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

His career has been on a long slide downward. He used to be a serious newsman; he was another Russert. Something somewhere went tragically wrong.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Yeah, noboby but nobody not a far right Christian would be upset with him over sending his junk in the mail.

Limerick on June 10, 2011 at 5:24 PM

He could take Chris Matthews or Ed Schultz’s timeslot. In fact that’s probably exactly what would happen.

stldave on June 10, 2011 at 5:24 PM

am I to understand from this that Tingles thinks only the “backward” among us might object to Weiner’s online wienering

If this is representative of the sophisticated class, put me down for the backward class.

There is nothing sophisticated about Weiner. His behavior is crass. If Matthews is trying to rationalize his exhibitionism, and voyeurism, he’s been naval gazing way too long.

Dr Evil on June 10, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Excellent, AP:

That’s a perfect microcosm of our political class these days — clammy, corrupt, removed from its subjects to the point that it couldn’t survive among them if it had to, and yet somehow entitled to govern them.

aquaviva on June 10, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Am I the only one troubled by the fact that this scandal now includes a Firefly reference?

playblu on June 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Matthews just attacked Rick Perry, it’s on. There are many of us who aren’t especially fond of Rick Perry, but we will take exception to the likes of Tingles, thinking he can make a dent in Texas or Texans.

Dr Evil on June 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

And the only reason Wenis hasn’t been ridden out on a rail is because of the liberal Democrat near-monopoly on the media. Which was why he thought he could get away with that crap in the first place. If the media were going to look the other way, why not have a little fun, he thought?

The institutions meant to protect the citizenry from abuse of power are too busy sucking up to the political class for their own power. It’s disgusting.

Sekhmet on June 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Now you throw on top of that immoral behavior, indiscrete behavior, embarrassing behavior, gross behavior like this…

Uh, isn’t this Matthews being “culturally backwards”?

theperfecteconomist on June 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

You don’t have to find his behavior immoral to think, “Gee, maybe this guy, who’s clearly willing to do almost anything to impress his admirers, shouldn’t be trusted with sensitive government responsibilities.”

Don’t forget how easily he lied about it in interviews and then smeared other people for it.

Blake on June 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I do like the implication from this morning’s Post story, though, that Weiner needs to stick around in Congress because he has no marketable job skills to make it in the real world.

Lobbyst?

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Yes, rubes, what is your problem? Get with the liberal sophistication of exposing yourselves to anyone, a la Europe.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2011 at 5:41 PM

The media tries even less than I thought to be balanced. Dear me.

Aronne on June 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

He could always become an international marketing gury on nudism.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Matthews removes all doubt liberalism is a mental disorder every time he opens his mouth. Being a paid propagandist is all he knows.

volsense on June 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I do like the implication from this morning’s Post story, though, that Weiner needs to stick around in Congress because he has no marketable job skills to make it in the real world. That’s a perfect microcosm of our political class these days — clammy, corrupt, removed from its subjects to the point that it couldn’t survive among them if it had to, and yet somehow entitled to govern them. What a unique skill set Weiner has, huh?

OMFG, right?

JeffWeimer on June 10, 2011 at 5:46 PM

He’s incapable of doing anything except (a) peppering liberal talking points with soundbite-worthy wisecracks

Hahahaha, with those skills there are any number of places he could get a job at…Huffpo, LGF, Kos, the opportunities are endless! AND, it wouldn’t require him to be bothered with
(b) crafting the laws everyone else has to live by. And as for (c) snapping photos of his bare ass and e-mailing them out, THEY COULD CARE LESS.

scalleywag on June 10, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Chris Matthews is an illiterate buffoon! I hope Kathleen takes him to task, severely, for this contorted line (really a pretzel) of thinking! Don’t let him in the house, Kath! This stupid Irish potato puts his foot in his mouth so often he has to wipe the saliva off his shoes to be allowed in the house.
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Rural AND Christian = Backward? How about urban AND ethnic = Welfare Cheat? Makes as much sense as what Chrissy said by painting a sizable plurality with a broad brush. Of course, since there are no victim politics practitioners in the “rural and Christian” stakeholders, no one to leap to rabid whining as soon as the offending words are spoken, he gets away with it as a matter of practice. Does he still have the same twelve listeners as in previous years?
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Damn, what a dope (and no, he is not “dope,” just doped-up dopey dope as in brain-dead stupid and insensitive).

ExpressoBold on June 10, 2011 at 5:48 PM

RT @foxheadlines Exclusive: Weiner’s Messages to Teenage Girl in Delaware Draw Police Attention

tetriskid on June 10, 2011 at 5:49 PM

POLITICS: Exclusive: Weiner’s Messages to Teenage Girl in Delaware Draw Police Attention http://fxn.ws/mOD6AZ

http://twitter.com/#!/foxheadlines/status/79301898150219776

tetriskid on June 10, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Actually, call me backward if you want… but I think it kind of is about sex.

You cheat, on your wife, violating your commitment to the marriage, the social contract, dishonoring your relationship, and showing disrespect and a lack of compassion for someone you claim to care about.

In my weird Midwestern backward values sort of thinking… that’s a bad thing.

you can claim that is really isn’t so bad, that disrespect, cheating, lying, and a lack of compassion are the new “love” and this is acceptable behavior if you want… clearly Chrissy wants to claim that… but I’m not buying it.

I’m too “backward” culturally to accept that.

So yeah, it kind of is about the sex, and I’m ok with that, and am ok with the thought that it should be.

Unless you’d like to argue that lying, cheating, disrespect, breaking contracts, and betraying those you claim to love and care about is acceptable… aren’t those the two choices?

gekkobear on June 10, 2011 at 5:53 PM

At least Baldwin didn’t call Weiner a “rude thoughtless little pig.”

scalleywag on June 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I just love how these assclowns in the media continue to denigrate conservative Americans as “backwards.”

So, I guess I am “backwards” because I expect and demand that my elected officials conduct themselves in a manner befitting their office.

I guess I am “backwards” because I learned duty and honor while in the military.

I guess I am “backwards” because my parents taught me right from wrong.

Piss off Tingles!

Gothguy on June 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

That’s a perfect microcosm of our political class these days — clammy, corrupt, removed from its subjects to the point that it couldn’t survive among them if it had to, and yet somehow entitled to govern them.

Q.O.T.D. :)

Buy Danish on June 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Of course Matthews thinks average Americans are backward – so does his god, Barack H. Obama.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/msnbc-s-chris-matthews-rural-christian-conservatives-are-backward

jdawg on June 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Some of these blathering idiots on tv and writers for the Huff are revealing themselves to be sorely lacking in social skills if they think is acceptable. I don’t think the majority of men would agree. Matthews is a knuckle dragging fool and he’s jumped on the Weiner train because he thinks it will help his ratings. He doesn’t know squat about anything. Period.

scalleywag on June 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Q.O.T.D. :)

Buy Danish on June 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Aye!

scalleywag on June 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM

According to Tingles, I guess the best thing New York can hope for is a sleazy mayor.

GarandFan on June 10, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Police on the case.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Do you know what is sad, really sad…Matthews is making million with his drivel, millions for being an idiot, absolutely no real skill, yet he makes millions.

right2bright on June 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

That’s a perfect microcosm of our political class these days — clammy, corrupt, removed from its subjects to the point that it couldn’t survive among them if it had to, and yet somehow entitled to govern them.

And that’s why I love Allahpundit — does anyone turn a phrase quite as well?

suzeecue on June 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Oh come on media libtards, the solution here is simple. One of you clowns needs to step down to make room in the media PRESSSidential circus for Weiner so the Weinercrats can return to being good ole Obamacrats…

Never mind that Obama’s ratings are currently tanking, … The GOP Losership will come to Obama’s rescue when tough decisions have to be made…

drfredc on June 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I do like the implication from this morning’s Post story, though, that Weiner needs to stick around in Congress because he has no marketable job skills to make it in the real world.

Oh, I can think of a number of companies in Chatsworth that would love to have him.

Perhaps not “real world” in most parts of the country, but definitely in L.A.

The Ugly American on June 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

George Soros’s Open Society – Hit’s Pay Dirt. Anthony Weiner the Progressive Poster Boy. This is the goal folks, but Chris Matthews is reminding everyone, that if they don’t agree they are backwards and, they aren’t part of the Borg.

I am happy to be counted among the backward.

Dr Evil on June 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Um, no AP, it isn’t only about the reckless behavior. It’s also about the lying and the sexual behavior (the guy is married for God’s sake and he’s about to become a father!).

edshepp on June 10, 2011 at 7:36 PM

For cripes sake, we’ve reached the point where Bill Clinton is allegedly frustrated that he won’t step down.

Masterful!

antisocial on June 10, 2011 at 8:05 PM

“Gee, maybe this guy, who’s clearly willing to do almost anything to impress his admirers, shouldn’t be trusted with sensitive government responsibilities.”

Sort of like Dick Morris calling the White House from a prostitutes bed and letting her listen in…Maybe there’s a Fox News “contributorship” in Weenies future.

repvoter on June 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

AllahP,
You just couldn’t resist some “Tingles” driven out rage on an othewise slow news day, eh?

I have to admit, it’s pretty funny all in all.

And you make a great point about Weiner’s lack of any other career experience being an example of what’s completely wrong with politics in America today.

What ever happened to the Adams/Jeffersonian notion of the “natural” aristoi coming forward, at intervals, to do their civic duty for a time, and then like Cinncinatus go back home.

RocketmanBob on June 10, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Now that the info about Weiner’s involvement with high school girls is coming out and Pelosi giving him a pass, the electorate will get even angrier with the dems.

dogsoldier on June 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Sort of like Dick Morris calling the White House from a prostitutes bed and letting her listen in…Maybe there’s a Fox News “contributorship” in Weenies future.

repvoter on June 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

He’s a lib, so he’s much more likely to get a Spitzer-like deal from CNN.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Matthews just declared Anthony Weiner the official democratic scrapegoat for their 2012 shellacking.

Slowburn on June 11, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Mr. Mathews shot himself in the foot before he put it in his mouth. As a person, he has shown U.S. he is truly a hypercritical bombastic bigot, by calling American citizens who do not believe as those of his ilk are backwards.

MSGTAS on June 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM