Matthews: Those darned bloggers creating a civil war in the back seat over the steering wheel, or something

posted at 2:50 pm on July 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe we should start calling MSNBC the Graveyard Of Mixed Metaphors. While Chris Matthews rarely achieves intellectual competence, last night he couldn’t even reach coherence. In his “Let Me Start” segment — which is scripted, I believe — Matthews mixes metaphors and implores people to send their feedback to Congress while demanding that Congress … stop listening to feedback. Via Weasel Zippers, here’s a bounty of befuddlement:

Country on the brink. Let’s play Hardball! Good evening I’m Chris Matthews, up in New York. Let me start tonight with the civil war going on in Washington today. It’s not North versus South or even Right versus Left. It’s an historic test of who will take the wheel, who will drive the car? Will it be the grown-ups in the front seat or the kids crying and complaining and threatening in the back seat? On one side are those kids in the back seat, Tea Party members of Congress and their stay-at-home blogging cheerleaders who either don’t understand or don’t care about the consequences of default – of the U.S. not meeting its obligations, of us looking like a joke. They’re willing to risk calamity, even embrace it, just to show how dedicated they are to not raising the debt ceiling. On the other side are Democrats and some Republicans who understand this is not a game. That there’s no fail-safe position after default.

So who’s going to win? Will it be the men and women who worry about the country, or those who fear most of all not a failure of their country to meet its bills, but how scary it might be to go to the next Tea Party meeting when the town misfit stands up and says, “You have betrayed our us. You have voted to raise the debt ceiling.” That’s what it’s about. That’s what this civil war is all about and the question before the country is whether we’re gonna keep our economic soundness. If we want our treasury notes to turn out to be, on the other hand, junk bonds. Do we want the land of the free to be the land of the deadbeat. If not, try something right now. Call your congressman or woman and say you don’t want this crisis to go where it’s headed right now.

“The land of the deadbeat”? Yes, I recall Matthews’ concern over that when Democrats in Congress started turning out trillion-dollar deficits three years ago. How exactly did Matthews think we’d repay those debts, anyway? With fairy dust from Neverland?

And what is the cure for all of this civil war of “blogging cheerleaders”? Cheering for Matthews’ side:

The number, by the way, I’ll give you a minute to think about this, you want to write this down. The number of Congress, and this is for any member of Congress or Senate, you can go through this phone number and ask for them. And they may even help you find out who your congressman is, if you don’t know. 202-225-3121. Again, 202-225-3121. If you forget that, it’s in the phone book or in 411.

Maybe someone can get Matthews the phone number of a school that teaches people how to write.

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His one viewer agrees.

Good Lt on July 15, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Hardball? Wouldn’t that be Obly’s job once?

upinak on July 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Sometimes I wonder if he’s really punking his leftist audience.

faraway on July 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Have another drink Chris.

jawkneemusic on July 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Just drink your red Slurpee and don’t worry about pimp daddy driving directly towards the oncoming train!

SouthernGent on July 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Seriously.

Why do you even give this nitwit space on Hot Air?

heldmyw on July 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Shut up, he explained.

Rebar on July 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Sometimes I wonder if he’s really punking his leftist audience.

faraway on July 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Soros pays Chrissy? Why wouldn’t that surprise me.

upinak on July 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

How about the “graveyard of ratings.” That would be closer to the truth.

Warner Todd Huston on July 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Looking like a joke.

The voice of experience.

Chip on July 15, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Matthews to his shrink: How am I s’posed to get sober when everyone’s pickin’ on my boyfriend?

Rational Thought on July 15, 2011 at 2:57 PM

So is this a leftist talking point that patriotic Americans are concerned about America not meeting its obligations. Well, thanks to social programs, America has not paid a cent on the debt since 1961. How responsible is that, just paying interest. It’s the same as making the minimum payment on your credit card every month while continuing to add more and more to the principle, and then when your card is maxed out, you apply for another card claiming that is the responsible adult thing to do.

Does a truly responsible adult apply for another credit card to pay more bills, or does he cut up his credit cards?

keep the change on July 15, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Matthews, what has Phil Griffin told you about the 13 martini lunch?

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Crazy, ignorant and perverted is no way to go through life Screwball.

50sGuy on July 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

And they may even help you find out who your congressman is, if you don’t know.

Well, Tingles knows his audience doesn’t he.

csdeven on July 15, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I’d have to say MSNBC has blown a gasket while losing power steering and clogging the fuel pump with a thrown rod. Carburetor.

Meric1837 on July 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Economic soundness is spending 50% more than my income. I must have fell asleep in Econ 101 on the day that was taught.

WashJeff on July 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Will it be the grown-ups in the front seat or the kids crying and complaining and threatening in the back seat? On one side are those kids in the back seat, Tea Party members of Congress and their stay-at-home blogging cheerleaders who either don’t understand or don’t care about the consequences of default

Funny, I always thought the analogy worked better when the grown ups were the ones demanding less spending and the kids crying where the ones who wanted mommy to buy them more government candy…

Scrappy on July 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Bonehead

cmsinaz on July 15, 2011 at 3:04 PM

The Tea Party’s stay at home cheerleaders. What the rest of the country calls the unemployed.

Cindy Munford on July 15, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Who hears or watches this flabby, whining gutsack of brain waste?

ExpressoBold on July 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Funny, I always thought the analogy worked better when the grown ups were the ones demanding less spending and the kids crying where the ones who wanted mommy to buy them more government candy…

Scrappy on July 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Now I feel like a bad dad.

WashJeff on July 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Spittoon

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I wouldn’t know Matthews or even MSNBC exist if it wasn’t for Hot Air.

volsense on July 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The Charlie Brown of the news media. Seriously, he looks like Charlie Brown.

Lucy = Rachel Madcow.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Matthews is a testament to the opportunities that this great country provides to everyone. In most parts of the world, a deranged, drooling lunatic like this would be begging for coins on the side of the road.

IreneFingIrene on July 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I agree. It’s all AP’s fault.

strictnein on July 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Multiple choice quiz for Chris Matthews:
Fiscal responsibility is:

a) working within your income and avoiding spending more on credit cards than you’ll be able to make the payments.

b) spending more than your income on credit cards to keep up a lifestyle that cost more than your income and every time your credit card bill is due rather than slowing spending you simply get another credit card and use that one to make payments on the maxed out card.

c) demanding that your boss give you a raise because your credit cards are maxed out and you just can’t not by a new car.

Scrappy on July 15, 2011 at 3:20 PM

..why does one get the feeling that, if you gave Matthews an enema, he’d end up looking like a used condom floating in Boston Harbor?

The War Planner on July 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Geez, Chris, I’ll drive the car. Next question?

J.E. Dyer on July 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM

..why does one get the feeling that, if you gave Matthews an enema, he’d end up looking like a used condom floating in Boston Harbor?

The War Planner on July 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Don’t give Big Fur Hat any ideas!

Key West Reader on July 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

their stay-at-home blogging cheerleaders

Chrissy is jealous that he actually has to go to the office each day.

It’s an historic test of who will take the wheel, who will drive the car? Will it be the grown-ups in the front seat or the kids crying and complaining and threatening in the back seat?

I thought little boy Chris had finally clued in. You can’t drive without taking the wheel. And of course I know who the grown-ups are, so why does Chrissy then mix up the adults and the kids?

katablog.com on July 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM

I thought little boy Chris had finally clued in. You can’t drive without taking the wheel. And of course I know who the grown-ups are, so why does Chrissy then mix up the adults and the kids?

katablog.com on July 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM

He is ratcheting up the rhetoric against the Tea Party. We have been largely silent, i.e., not out in the streets. There is a reason for that.

Chris doesn’t need to know what we’re up to.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Just drink your red Slurpee and don’t worry about pimp daddy driving directly towards the oncoming train!

SouthernGent on July 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Yes, Matthews could have done better to extend his metaphors. He left out the Slurpee and no mention of the ditch the car’s been in.

And what about the grownups in the front seat? Mommy Nancy is trying to read the map and give directions to Daddy Obama but the darned kids are just too noisy, Grandpa Harry keeps repeating “the route is lost,” and Uncle Joe is sitting in back with the kids and trying to entertain them by making choo-choo noises through his nose while the ungrateful little jerks complain there’s not enough room in the back seat of their Volt.

Drained Brain on July 15, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Good that you provide the text because that’s one man I don’t watch. One of a few actually.

scalleywag on July 15, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Carmageddon!

pain train on July 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Did he mention the GOP needs to grab a mop!

scalleywag on July 15, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Matthews, what has Phil Griffin told you about the 13 martini lunch?

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

That, or those heavy burtations are contagious.

Extrafishy on July 15, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Well…

… at least he is serving as a Public Health Warning on the effects of swallowing too much of Obowma’s man goo.

Consider yourself warned…

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Seven Percent Solution on July 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

July 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Gutsy!

Key West Reader on July 15, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Matthews: Those darned bloggers creating a civil war in the back seat over the steering wheel, or something

The Democrat’s desperation is obvious in their rhetoric.

FloatingRock on July 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

It actually makes sense from his perspective…he doesn’t see Tea Partiers as actually people that should have a voice.

Jim-Rose on July 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I refuse to click on any link that would force me to listen to this “man”. Every time he opens his mouth, the only thing he emits resembles Tip O’Neil’s flatulence.

oldleprechaun on July 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Mathews has become a parody of himself.

pat on July 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

The Democrat’s desperation is obvious in their rhetoric.

FloatingRock on July 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Their base is crumbling and El Plouffe knows it. They will never re-create 2008. They are desperate and they will begin to villify anyone and everyone they can.

When you go into inner city neighborhoods and you see graffitti that once stood as a proud testament to Obama defiled by the same dwellers that once held him in high esteem, you’re not just done. You’re Over Done.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM

No wonder Tip O’Neil sounded like a buffoon all the time, with Leg Triller writing for him. If Matthews could put one coherent sentence together, he wouldn’t be working at PMSNBC

flytier on July 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM

So who’s going to win?

It’s not a game, numbnuts, and you have killed way too many of “the little gray cells.”

dogsoldier on July 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

How do you clean spittle from the inside of your computer screen?

ctmom on July 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Hardball it ain’t. Cap’n Chris needs to rename the show. Screwball? Knuckleball? Small ball? Maybe. But hardball it ain’t.

MaxMBJ on July 15, 2011 at 4:47 PM

But hardball it ain’t.

MaxMBJ on July 15, 2011 at 4:47 PM

No balls

Key West Reader on July 15, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Chris Matthews is an ignorant buffoon with a pedestrian intellect that cannot fathom that hard working men and women blog around a full time job and busy family life. Newsflash to Matthews, it’s a reality.

Blue Collar Todd on July 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

If Chrissy were on the right, he would be shunned at World Net Daily.

faraway on July 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM

..why does one get the feeling that, if you gave Matthews an enema, he’d end up looking like a used condom floating in Boston Harbor?

The War Planner on July 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

A fine example of why HA is the best.
+10

Jvette on July 15, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Hardball it ain’t. Cap’n Chris needs to rename the show. Screwball? Knuckleball? Small ball? Maybe. But hardball it ain’t.

MaxMBJ on July 15, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Tinkles’ show should be renamed “NO BALLS”!!

landlines on July 16, 2011 at 12:22 AM

So Chris Matthews thinks the Tea Party is made up of town Misfits. These United States have been the World Joke ever since Obama slithered into the Whitehouse. The U.S. Dollar be junk bonds? If we allow Obama to borrow more money without a plan to reduce spending and stimulate jobs it won’t rate that high. The Federal Reserve printed so much paper this last time the bills in my wallet shrunk so much I can hardly see them. Obama stole General Motors and Chrysler away from the Stock holders and gave them to the Union. He claims they have paid back most if not all of the money, where is it, the money they gave us to pay back the money we gave them? Anyone have any record of this payback? The chief of the Federal Reserve stated they had made the United States billions this year. Where is it? Who received it? The Secretary of the Treasury said their is enough money in the Social Security Fund to carry us thirty five more years. Where is it? No one has seen it. Obama said there would not be enough to pay Social Security or Veterans if the Debt increase is not approved. Who is right and who is wrong? Where is all of this money that has been trading hands here? Maybe, like in Iraq, the accounting was not so good? Could be..

old war horse on July 16, 2011 at 2:37 AM

How is paying for debt with borrowed money an “adult” idea?

Dandapani on July 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Lucy = Rachel Madcow.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2011 at 3:13 PM

A gratuitous insult to Lucy Van Pelt.

Siddhartha Vicious on July 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM