Why should we vote for an Obama second term, asks … Chris Matthews; Update: “Give us our orders”

posted at 9:55 am on November 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Why indeed? In an interview with his MSNBC colleague Alex Witt, Chris Matthews summarizes the reasons not to get excited about a Barack Obama re-election campaign, the primary reason being that he hasn’t articulated a reason himself. What programs will he launch in a second term? How will he get them accomplished? Matthews says, “I hear stories you would not believe” about Obama’s leadership — and lack thereof — but suffice it to say that anyone who pointed out his lack of executive experience in 2008 would not be surprised to find that Obama is incompetent at political governance (via QandO):

“He doesn’t like their company,” Matthews says about Obama’s relationships with his fellow Democrats. Finally — something Obama has in common with Republicans!

Speaking of a lack of leadership, guess who gets back from almost two weeks out of the country today, a period during which Congress spun its wheels on debt reduction?  Politico correctly deduces this foreign-policy junket as blame avoidance, but it’s not going to work for long:

The president’s critics have carped that his nine-day Asian Pacific trip — which came in the middle of the supercommittee’s food fight — was ill-timed and off-point. But, from Obama’s perspective, he couldn’t distance himself far enough from the flaming political garbage dump that is Washington, and the old political headaches returned anew when Air Force One went wheels-down at Andrews in Sunday’s wee hours.

Obama spent more than a week looking relaxed and presidential while he pitched a jobs agenda to some of the country’s most important trading partners — interrupted only by a semi-gaffe that’s become grist for Fox News. Now, as international flattery gives way to domestic sniping, he will seek to avoid getting sucked into another partisan battle over deficits and government spending. …

Back inside the Beltway, an Obama ally explained his aversion to diving into the supercommittee morass by saying, “They want to drag us into the frame, but it’s their show.”

That’s leading from behind, which is a theme of this administration, and yet another reason to feel a distinct lack of enthusiasm for another Obama term.

Update: I honestly didn’t think much about this, but others in the comment section picked up on something else Matthews said in this clip, emphasis mine:

“He has not said one thing about what he’d do in his second term,” Matthews continued. “He never tells us what he’s going to do with reforming our health care systems, Medicare, Medicaid. How he’s going to reform Social Security? Is he going to deal with long-term debt? How? Is he going to reform the tax system? How?”

“Just tell us — why are we in this with him? Just tell us, commander. Give us our orders and tell us where we’re going. Give us the mission.”

People are jumping on Matthews for demanding “orders” from Obama, hardly a responsible statement from a journalist.  I think we know that Matthews is not a journalist, though, but an activist with a TV show.  The “give us our orders” statement also sounds less like a request and more of a criticism of Obama’s lack of genuine leadership.  Your mileage may vary, of course.

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“I hear stories you would not believe”

Do tell. However, I’m sure I would believe them.

SouthernGent on November 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Guess the tingly feeling turned out to be tinkle?

coldwarrior on November 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Chris just wants his marching orders…

golfmann on November 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Aw who is he kidding…?
He loves that big lug.

NeoKong on November 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Unforunately the answer might be that he’s better than what the GOP is offering. Which says a lot. Sad.

On the bright side, he’s more vulnerable than I had hoped for so we definitely have a shot at it.

Dash on November 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

The only concrete policy that Obama has yet called for is Raising taxes by letting the Bush rates expire. That’s it, besides “investing” in our “future”.

Mord on November 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

That thrill that went up his leg turned out to be a cockroach.

Akzed on November 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Someone has to have slipped a Lucid Pill into Chris Matthews’ coffee…

Lourdes on November 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

but suffice it to say that anyone who pointed out his lack of executive experience in 2008 would not be surprised to find that Obama is incompetent at political governance

I agree. I’m not surprised.

Hey Chris, as Bruce Willis eloquently stated in Die Hard, “Welcome to the party, pal.”

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

guess who gets back from almost two weeks out of the country today, a period during which Congress spun its wheels on debt reduction? Politico correctly deduces this foreign-policy junket as blame avoidance, but it’s not going to work for long:

ain’t nothing like having a big blue and white 747 at your fingertips to try and fly away from all your problems.

Blame Force One

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 10:04 AM


He doesn’t like their company,” Matthews says about Obama’s relationships with his fellow Democrats.

Well…actually…Obama doesn’t like anyone who deigns to be or appears to be smarter than Obama, (probably totally loves Biden) nor does he “like” anyone who does not worship him, nor does he “like” anyone who is not out there stealing money, lots of money, for those whom Obama does like, nor does Obama “like” anyone who is not hell-bent on destroying the United States of America.

Chrissy…we coulda told you all of this four years ago.

But then that would have been “racist.”

coldwarrior on November 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM

“I hear stories you would not believe”

The mark of a real journalist is having relevant information about the ability of the president’s leadership abilities and keeping it to yourself.

Now, about those anonymous and unsubstantiated accusations against Cain… full steam ahead!

/

mankai on November 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

That thrill that went up his leg turned out to be a cockroach.

Akzed on November 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Thread winner.

AH_C on November 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM

This story drops my jaw.

But we all know, by the time the campaign heats up, Chris will be back on the plantation.

petefrt on November 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Is it any wonder that the Entitlement President thinks he is entitled to perpetual loyalty? The man who has never accomplished anything thinks he is worthy of adoration while not doing anything. Hmm. Why would he believe that if he hadn’t gotten away with it the first time, thanks to Tingles & Co.

And isn’t it insanely disgusting that Tingles plainly says, “Give us our marching orders.”

rwenger43 on November 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

The thrill is gone.

I love you, Ed. LOL I will be hearing that tune all day now.

CantCureStupid on November 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

“Never take sides against the Family”.Watch your back,Chrystine.

nimrod on November 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM

But we all know, by the time the campaign heats up, Chris will be back on the plantation.

petefrt on November 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM

This is just so can can demonstrate ‘non-bias.’

Washington Nearsider on November 21, 2011 at 10:11 AM

And isn’t it insanely disgusting that Tingles plainly says, “Give us our marching orders.”

rwenger43 on November 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Yeah, I was imagining if anyone at FNC had said that about Bush or McCain… World War VII

mankai on November 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM

he will seek to avoid getting sucked into another partisan battle over deficits and government spending. …

That’s his MO. Stir up partisan battles, look for an ass to kick, and beat feet outta Dodge while the minions do his bidding. I’ve said it before, Obama has no fellow Democrats—there is only Obama as Democrat. That’s why he led all of his Blue Dogs and other Democrats over the plank and then presented himself as white as new-fallen snow. Democrats take the heat for this guy, and he forces them to do it. They’re suckers plain and simple--Chrissy only validates that observation right here. Chrissy is a suckup, the media are suckups, and Democrats are suckups–right up until the point where they’ve felt used like a $2 whore and now they’re shrugging their shoulders asking “why a second term?”

Again, “welcome to the party, pal.”

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Say it with your mouth Chris– I WAS SUCKERED!

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Someone has to have slipped a Lucid Pill into Chris Matthews’ coffee…

Lourdes on November 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

He’s still looking for Zero to give him marching orders and to explain his plans. Which sorta indicates that Matthews is about as dumb as a box of rocks.

Zero couldn’t plan a damned thing if his life depended on it, and he can only read the drivel Valerie Jarret approves for his teleprompter.

Zero has never solved a single problem, worked a real job or led anything in his entire life. He cannot speak in complete sentences off the TOTUS.

Speaking of his gaffe, have you all heard it? He has a very low opinion of Americans and he isn’t shy about sharing his disdain for us publicly in foreign lands.

Zero is a disgrace.

dogsoldier on November 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM

The only concrete policy that Obama has yet called for is Raising taxes by letting the Bush rates expire. That’s it, besides “investing” in our “future”.

Mord on November 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Good point. Any more of Obama’s “investing” and we’ll all be in the streets. Funny how they don’t invest their own money like they do others’.

Poor Chris, he should call Larry Elder for advice.

cartooner on November 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I guess Obama now gives Matthews down tingles.

John Deaux on November 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM

And he’ll vote for him come Nov

He can say it now but as the new year comes, hell be singing his praises once again

cmsinaz on November 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

And by sundown today, Tingles will be Zero’s biggest cheerleader. Again.

joejm65 on November 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I don’t think we should Chris.

hawkdriver on November 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Obama is a community organizer. It’s all he knows.

Stir up unrest. Make threats and then demands. That’s why the only weapon he uses is class warfare. He has to create an enemy to focus on and get the folks stirred up.

Vince on November 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I guess Obama now gives Matthews down tingles.

John Deaux on November 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Work of art… :)

golfmann on November 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Ø sez: “I’m self-serving so you should serve me, too! Get busy, ya lazy a$$es, and pass my jobs bill, bundle my contributions and see what ya can do to help those great union folks out, especially the PEU types! Give me a call if you have problems, leave a detailed message and I’ll get back to ya! In the meantime, somebody figure out who’s the baby daddy for that Sarkozy kid! Quickly, quickly! Dayum, do I have to do all the thinkin’?”

ExpressoBold on November 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Since he has lost effectiveness by being such a blatant sychophantic shill for Obama, Matthews is now trying to regain some credibility-
so that he can be a more effective sychophantic shill for Obama.

justltl on November 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Don’t trust him. He’s decided to ditch O and push for Hill.This is ground work–get the ball rolling. Viper.

jeanie on November 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

I don’t hate to say “I told you so.”

We knew exactly what Obama was, and we tried to tell everybody. Matthews was too busy having embarrassing orgasms on the air. So, is he surprised? He deserves it. Chris Matthews planted this tree with his own hands. He doesn’t like the fruit? Tough.

philwynk on November 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

You’d think with weeks of #OWS that Obama would know the definition of the word …
occupied — past participle, past tense of oc·cu·py (Verb)
Verb:

1. Reside or have one’s place of business in (a building).
2. Fill or take up (a space or time).

J_Crater on November 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

The smackdown from Larry Elder must have knocked some sense into Hissy.

BHO Jonestown on November 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

People are jumping on Matthews for demanding “orders” from Obama, hardly a responsible statement from a journalist. I think we know that Matthews is not a journalist, though, but an activist with a TV show.

Not according to Matthews. In response to Larry Elder’s question, Matthews asserted that he is a journalist.

Vince on November 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Hey Ed! What happened to the TWO previous threads on this? They have both disappeared from your available history. In fact, I don’t think that one of them was old enough to disappear from your front page. Is there something nefarious going on, or just CYA with MSNBC?

Old Country Boy on November 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I think we know that Matthews is not a journalist, though, but an activist with a TV show.

But he told Larry Elders he’s a journalist! I heard him!

Akzed on November 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

“I hear stories you would not believe”

For those that think it’s political -it isn’t. These are th4e values of a morally corrupt person – after telling how evil the man is, he asks for his marching orders.

That’s, like most of the breakdown in our modern America, a question of moral confusion and rejection, and try as you will, no knight on a white horse or politics itself is able to fix those kinds of problems. Perhaps returning to the God we discarded because we found Him to be competition and interference with our flesh desires, might put the entire puzzle back together, just, perhaps?

Don L on November 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

“I hear stories you would not believe”

Do tell. However, I’m sure I would believe them.

SouthernGent on November 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

How can we disbelieve stories he will never tell us?

I guess it’s better that we never hear them. Chris is looking out for us.

shick on November 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Chrissy’s new book tour is bringing a lot of his inner feelings to the surface…

d1carter on November 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM

BHO Jonestown on November 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

RE: Larry Elder. That 2×4 to the head must have left an impression. That was great.

DanMan on November 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Ed should’ve added the BB King song, The Thrill is Gone, to his post.

In reality, Matthews is just upset that his prince is a dunce, incapable of the things Tingles tingled about — upset that the nation is now laughing instead of dropping to one knee.

Demosthenes on November 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I’d say that the “give us our orders, Commander” stuff is Matthews speaking generally as an American, not as a political partisan. His whole argument was about Obama’s lack of leadership skills, and his evident disinterest in developing them.

Tuning Spork on November 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Economist Milton Friedman was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of a national constitutional amendment for a balanced budget. Kennedy argued that a requirement for a balanced budget would restrict the federal government’s power and its ability to spend – thus, he said, Washington’s role in more fairly and equitably distributing wealth, goods and services.
“Senator, socialism hasn’t worked in 6,000 years of recorded history,” explained Friedman. “Why won’t you give up on it?”
Kennedy rose to his feet, according to Nuttle, who attended the hearing, and replied: “It hasn’t worked in 6,000 years of recorded history because it didn’t have me to run it.”

Onward, to the next failure.

Speakup on November 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I will write a David Brooks column for you, from next year:

Brooksie will start bemoaning the debt crisis and the great need for entitlement reform (thus burnishing his “conservative” bonafides.)

He will then criticize the current beltway for its partisanship and extremity, always careful to lay more of the blame on the Republicans and the Tea Party radicals (thus upholding his “moderate” bonafides).

Finally, he will argue that the only way to resolve this crisi in the next four years is to elect an executive whose four year term will not be distracted by the need to get re-elected and thus can do what is right for the country. It will also help if that is candidate has a first-class temperment, is extremely intelligent, speaks well, and has well-creased pants. He will conclude his column with an implicit or explicit endorsement of the Bamster (thus ensuring Brooksie will still be invited to the best DC cocktail parties.)

I wish I knew how to bookmark this post, because I am absolutely sure that Brooksie will write exactly this kind of column. He is so predictable in his mediocrity.

PackerBronco on November 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM

In the next few weeks, mark this down, Matthews will be the first one to call for Hillary or another to step in and challenge obama.

ConservativePartyNow on November 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Matthews is so lost, “give us our orders” really??? Just listened to the Elder clip too, Larry handed him a heaping scoop of his own medicine.

Chicost84 on November 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Re: Give us our orders.

CM is an old pol, his left-wing bias notwithstanding. He is simply asking the president to lead. Lead us, President Obama. What would you have us (citizens of the US) do? Not… give your faithful lapdogs in the media our marching orders. That happens anyway, and they perform dutifully.

Don’t get so far out in the deep end.

Fish on November 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM

GE and Comcast own MSNBC. Matthew’s isn’t going to go off script without approval from suits at MSNBC.

Jamie Dimon head of JP Morgan Chase already met with Mitt Romney, one of Barack Obama’s supporters and advisers. Is this a case of GE and Comcast hedging their bets too?

Dr Evil on November 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Oh my gosh, mark the calendar–the day that pigs took flight at MSNBC!

herm2416 on November 21, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Don’t get so far out in the deep end.

Fish on November 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Probably what he meant, but still a dumb way to say it.

Chicost84 on November 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

The “give us our orders” statement also sounds less like a request and more of a criticism of Obama’s lack of genuine leadership. Your mileage may vary, of course.

It may be a bit of that, but Chrissy is on record as wanting Dear Liar to “act more like a dictator.”

rbj on November 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Matthews keeps trying to use his JFK analogy to Obama and it simply doesn’t apply. Yeah, he’s trying to push his book but he’s getting ridiculous (again).

While JFK ran on a “Get the country moving again” appeal, his presidency did no such thing. Nearly all of JFK’s legislative agenda outside of the tax cuts and defense spending increases were stalled in the Senate. Other than the creation of the Peace Corps can anyone name a legislative success by JFK? There were none.

Kennedy’s presidency was, as the historian Richard Reeves pointed out, a “crisis presidency.” JFK had little time to work on his agenda because he was faced with crisis after crisis after crisis to deal with. From the Bay of Pigs to Vienna to Montgomery to Berlin to Gagarin to the Cuban Missile Crisis. He simply didn’t have the time to work on legislative matters.

Actually, if you want to compare JFK with Obama in terms of legislative accomplishment (good or bad), Obama wins hands down. In his first 18 months Obama passed the biggest stimulus in history, the most comprehensive healthcare legislation in the history of medicine and the greatest financial reforms since the Great Depression.

JFK had nothing remotely close to that.

SteveMG on November 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I bet if Chrissie had any stories we wouldn’t believe about a Republican, he wouldn’t know a moment’s hesitation to pass it along. Named source or not.

Cindy Munford on November 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Yes, do tell us those “stories no one would believe?!

PattyJ on November 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Whatever Chrissy. Obama could come out on live TV and say if re-elected he’d sell California to China for $1 and you and your imbecile lib friends would still vote for him.

angryed on November 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

“Just tell us — why are we in this with him? Just tell us, commander. Give us our orders and tell us where we’re going. Give us the mission.”

Hey Matthews, the last time I checked, I believe the “mission” of a journalist is to report the news objectively and fairly.

But since you are one of the top inmates running the insane asylum known as MSNBC, it is safe to assume all you assclowns over there abandoned that basic principle ages ago.

pilamaye on November 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I guess we will find out when he finally gets his marching orders. (probably sometime today) We won’t hear anything like this again from Chrissy.

tinkerthinker on November 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

But, Chrissie, you have your orders…

You are only half-way to the end of that plank over the abyss.

You didn’t complain at the start of the walk, why do you need orders now?

ajacksonian on November 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

BREAKING NEWS:

Chris Matthews to be audited by IRS.

angryed on November 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

The “give us our orders” statement also sounds less like a request and more of a criticism of Obama’s lack of genuine leadership. Your mileage may vary, of course.

I agree that its a lament over the vacuum of leadership but its also the cry of a disaffected foot soldier who is languishing in his foxhole as the tanks roll towards him. He knows not what to do, nor where his commander is headed. The commander doesn’t care for guys like Chrissy, who tingles away his time in his foxhole and while the loyalty is withering away. Obama is in his bunker while others are getting balled up out on the plains of the fatherland.

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM

“Give us you orders.”

Matthews reveals once again the innate leftist longing for the totalitarian.

rrpjr on November 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Good gravy! I was waiting for him to break into a line of “I’ve gotta secret, and I’m not tellin’! Nanny nanny boo boo!”

di butler on November 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Give us our orders”

geev us your women, geev us your leetle girls…
/Belushi

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Probably it was said before, I’m just in a really bad mood due to real life issues in order to read the whole thread (not that there are so many comments at this point):

The commie activist Matthews is not pleased that comrade 0bama is delaying the “revolution”. He did not take any reality pill.

Rookie on November 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

I used to watch Matthews in years past, when he wasn’t so deep in the Left’s azz. He used to display brains and objectivity more often, in a very dynamic way.

Alas, he’s just had a lapse.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I used to watch Matthews in years past, when he wasn’t so deep in the Left’s azz. He used to display brains and objectivity more often, in a very dynamic way.

Alas, he’s just had a lapse.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I used to think this too. However, I think that it is more a function of 10 or 20 years ago, conservatism did not have as much sway in the GOP generally, so he was really showing “objectivity” between the Left and the Middle. When your arguing policy positions between 1994 Clinton and Dole, the divide really is not that great and it’s pretty easy to play “objective”.

Now, when the arguments are between the far left and the right, he – and many of the alleged “objective” journalists (I know that Matthew is not a journalist but a pundit) simply cannot take it. They can’t understand how we went from having arguments about how much more socialism we are going to enact to arguments about trying to get rid of some of the socialism.

Monkeytoe on November 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Commander sounds like something you’d call the person in back of you, as you were “leaning forward.”

MNHawk on November 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I cannot find it but I would swear Tingles said something close to this on his show some months back.

screwauger on November 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Re: Give us our orders.

CM is an old pol, his left-wing bias notwithstanding. He is simply asking the president to lead. Lead us, President Obama. What would you have us (citizens of the US) do? Not… give your faithful lapdogs in the media our marching orders. That happens anyway, and they perform dutifully.

Don’t get so far out in the deep end.

Fish on November 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Don’t care. I will use this exactly the same way you would use it if anyone on fox news said something similar towards Bush. I will use it to prove to your fellow leftists how completely they (and you)are being lied to by matthews and the rest of the “journalists” on the left. I won’t persuade all of them, but I will persuade some of them. Don’t like it? Get more honest spokespeople on your side of the aisle.

runawayyyy on November 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

It’s pathological with him. As soon as she starts to talk, he has to interrupt her. Wild. If he’s ever been married, he would have dents all over his head from pulling that crap.

smellthecoffee on November 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Give us our orders

Numbnuts. You get them every Saturday from Barry. Each week he tells you who to hate and vilify next. Don’t you listen Chrissy?

GarandFan on November 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

chrissy looks like a carp eyeing a worm in that picture

ted c on November 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Chris is letting his inner schizo show.
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On one hand he talks about how out of touch with the American people Barry is, well… people in general, and gives a passionate plea that Barry is doing the wrong things… on the other hand he is willing to do (implied) ANYTHING the master orders… to help get Barry re-elected… thereby keeping the outta touch, incompetent in charge…
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Chris needs a long vacation in a small room… with lots of drugs.
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RalphyBoy on November 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I caught a comment (somewhere) that asked the question,
“what is Chris Matthews’ obsession with JFK ?”
Quick answer, Chris Matthews’s man-crush of a biography, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

J_Crater on November 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

That request is wrong in so many ways. Honest to God, Matthews comes across as proud of his total lack of journalistic integrity.

Ryan Anthony on November 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Other than the creation of the Peace Corps can anyone name a legislative success by JFK?

SteveMG: You do know that Chrissie is a former Peace Corps participant, don’t you? Chrissie’s history may account for some of his adulation of JFK.

onlineanalyst on November 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

anyone who pointed out his lack of executive experience in 2008 would not be surprised to find that Obama is incompetent at political governance

Anybody who pointed out Obama’s lack of executive experience in 2008 (or his lack of military experience, or his lack of foreign policy experience, or his lack of meaningful legislative experience, or his lack of business experience and his economic illiteracy) was nothing but a raaaaaacist and a knuckle-dragging bitter clinger.

AZCoyote on November 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Let’s get something straight- you can’t lead from behind. I really wish we’d stop using that utterly ridiculous term. What Obama does is avoid the inevitable confrontation that leadership involves; precisely because of his inability to exert any of the traits an actual leader possesses.

Obama is a delegator. And a pretty crappy one at that.

BKeyser on November 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

ooops, bold fail.

BKeyser on November 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Commander sounds like something you’d call the person in back of you, as you were “leaning forward.”

MNHawk on November 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

As he places the dog collar around Chrissy’s neck…

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Matthews is selling his book on JFK. If everyone who dislikes Obama won’t buy it, that eliminates more than half the potential audience. So suddenly Matthews has a wavering of support for Obama. He’s selling stuff, that’s all.

theCork on November 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Just tell us, commander. Give us our orders Oh please, Dear Leader, just one more tingle?

Jarring, to say the least.

hillbillyjim on November 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM

President Barack Obama is reported to have said, “If I’ve lost Matthews, I’ve lost Socialist-wacko America.”

av8tr on November 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Speaking of horror stories, whatever happened to Fast & Furious???

orbitalair on November 21, 2011 at 3:34 PM

People are jumping on Matthews for demanding “orders” from Obama, hardly a responsible statement from a journalist.

It’s the same as Hitler’s propaganda ministers wanting orders from him in early 1945.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 21, 2011 at 4:17 PM

President Barack Obama is reported to have said, “If I’ve lost Matthews, I’ve lost Socialist-wacko America Matthews and his 10 viewers.”

av8tr on November 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Look on the other side: I think he’s playing…. “Give us our orders”…. in other words,”We’re zombies, we can’t think for ourselves, you’re wish is our command.” I think he’s faking it.

CynicalOptimist on November 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Chris just wants his marching orders…

golfmann on November 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Perhaps orders would be forthcoming if they’d all switch to wearing brown shirts?

oldleprechaun on November 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

“Just tell us — why are we in this with him? Just tell us, commander. Give us our orders and tell us where we’re going. Give us the mission.”

oh my, Chrissy is becoming lyrical, almost Whitmanesque with his ‘captain! my captain’ lament :-)…looks like he is in dire need of some guiding light fom Dear Leader, he lost direction and therefore cannot march adequately…the ‘Reps are dumb’ and the class warfare shticks do not provide enough motivation for Chrissy anymore, he needs something new and challenging…well, he shall not despair yet, now that O’s fresh from his (quazillionth) vacation, we’ll see what his new spiel is…hopefully it will give Matthews a renewed tingle and a renewed sense of self and will motivate him to go on, carry the left torch with great pride and dignity :-)…

jimver on November 21, 2011 at 5:23 PM

We suppose we’re to be thankful for this journalist-interviewing-journalist kind of …let’s avoid adolescent crudities and just call it…navel-gazing, for the insight it gives one into Matthews’ fevered, fishtailing thought processes. But hokey smokes, is there so little real news in the world that this guy can be thought newsworthy, even by the middle-school school paper minds at that network? Or is MSNBC attuned to his value as train wreck? TV is all about emotion. With Olberman’s burn-out banishment and Mika’s recent near Newt-down can this be the MSNBC ratings strategy? Drive their pundits to the brink and let the viewers see them pitch themselves over the edge?

curved space on November 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Anyone who doesn’t understand that this is a nakedly partisan (“we” and “us”) plea to Obama from the left edge of the Democrap party is dumb. He just wants to know what else Obama is planning to move the country to the fringe left of social policy.

Good for you, Chrissy. Clarity is more important than agreement.

Jaibones on November 21, 2011 at 6:16 PM

[In zuh voice of Colonel Klink]

Here are your marching orders, Herr Chrissy:

1) Hike up your lederhosen. (Pantyhose.)
2. Head to the nearest cliff.
3} Start marching toward its edge.
4- Keep marching.
5~ See ya later. Fore!

profitsbeard on November 21, 2011 at 10:35 PM

No one should ever confuse Tingles with a responsible journalist…

He fails on both counts…

Khun Joe on November 21, 2011 at 11:01 PM

As some here suggest, Matthews is pining for the Clintons. The fact that he’s criticizing Obama openly means that the word is out. But they miscalculate. Obama bitterly clings to his unions and his voter-fraud brigades to drag him over the finish-line for four more years of aimless dejection.

virgo on November 22, 2011 at 12:42 AM

In other news, the stock market plummeted today.

This is not because of the most predictable failure in history (well, actually…)

This is not because the second most predictable failure in history occurred, it’s because the prime most predictable failure in history, President Barack Hussein Obama, is finally visiting America again. Every time he’s in the nation tinkering with fiscal policy, a stock broker has a nervous breakdown and flees the country.

BKennedy on November 22, 2011 at 2:14 AM

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