Chris Matthews: Paul Ryan “is Ayn Rand” and wants to “screw” the poor

posted at 11:21 am on August 14, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Behold, the self-deceiving power of unswerving progressivism on an ideological tear. Joe Scarborough’s face, at least, seems to suggest that he’s thinking somewhere along the lines of “Is this crackpot for real?,” but Matthews really steals the show here.

You know what Ryan believes in? Getting rid of the cap-gains tax, period!  So he’s a rad—he’s not just a middle-of-the-road guy who wants to make the tough decisions—he’s a guy who wants to help out the winners in society, and make it a little rough for people that are riding along, depending on the government.  He doesn’t like those people.  Especially. No, no. I think he’s Ayn Rand –

JOE SCARBOROUGH: You think that Paul Ryan doesn’t like people that are struggling?

MATTHEWS: Let’s slow down, for jumping on the way I said it. I don’t think he’s sitting there worried about—I don’t think he’s Tip O’Neill, worried about the people on Pell Grants. I don’t think he’s worried about the working poor. I think he’s looking for the winners.  And that’s who he wants to incentivize. And by the way, that’s one of the weird things I notice about the conservative movement is.  They believe that the way to get rich people to work harder is to give them more money. The way to get the poor people to work harder is to screw them a little bit.

Okay, let’s just trace out this logic for a moment here. A little more than roughly forty percent of the voting public is currently planning on voting for the Romney/Ryan ticket, and approximately half of the American population self-identifies as conservative. Millionaires and billionaires do not comprise half of the population; ergo, most people in the conservative movement are not tremendously wealthy. And yet, the conservative movement has not been receptive to President Obama’s fundamentally nonserious ploy to ‘reduce the deficit’ by getting everyone to “pay their fair share,” a.k.a. by hiking taxes on the wealthy. How can this be? Are conservatives just self-defeating financial masochists who love to watch greedy fat cats get richer, or could there perhaps be an alternative theory? Could it be that conservatives are interested in helping the poor, but perhaps believe that the most effective, penetrating, righteous method to enhance the living standards and opportunities of the greatest number of people is to foster a prosperous, growing economy in which an intrusive and inefficient government doesn’t wreck entrepreneurial incentives with redistribution and overregulation? Maybe?

Nah, that can’t be it. You got me, Chris Matthews. We’re just hateful and apathetic towards everyone who isn’t wealthy, including ourselves. That’s us in a nutshell!

And by the way, what is it all these liberals and media outlets trying to associate Paul Ryan as some sort of crazed, diehard Ayn Rand fan, and saying so as if it is an absolute and undeniable given that any interest whatsoever in Ayn Rand’s ideas is a bad thing? I’m pretty sure that Atlas Shrugged is a historically long- and well-selling book, and that sales have spiked in the past few years. Heaven forbid anybody walk away from reading her novels with any productive thoughts about the power of self-ownership and rugged individualism, or anything non-statist like that. Ew, gross.


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Well, Atlas Shrugged is historically long…

Hucklebuck on August 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

What was that vast amount of money Obama took from the US paychecks to send to Brazil so Brazil could develope their petroleum industry while Obama denied further exploration in US geography?

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

That was $8 billion. I remember Palin whacking him upside the head for that at the time. I guess he isn’t worried about Petrobas donating to GOP campaigns like Exxon Mobil.

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

…GOP has figured out that their biggest opponent may not be Obama, but the media.

Tater Salad on August 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

The Media IS Obama.

It is a conspiracy on the scale of the Gotti family.

The news is owned by corporations who gain directly from Democrat administrations, but pointing out these facts makes us look crazy.

Obama at Harvey Weinstein’s with VOGUE editor in chief…equals massive ad blitzing by actors/pretty people eager to be seen and serve the players known as ‘gatekeepers’ in their industries…

And why Obama loiters to such an extent among Hollywood people.

Media conglommerates are notoriously Leftwing. Very, very Leftwing. Except when it comes to money, interestingly.

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I love the smell of Democrat desperation in the morning!

thirteen28 on August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

That was $8 billion (that Obama handed over to Brazil so they could develope their petroleum industry).

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

My point is that it needs to be used in advertising to expose Obama’s failed, floundering “ideas” as to “creating jobs” compared with the high unemployment and debt here in the US…Obama has been siphoning taxpayer money off to toss it there, anywhere while reducing opportunities for US development, meaning “Jobs” to most people.

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Does Matthews work for The Onion too?

gwelf on August 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I also remember reading that just a few months prior to that $8 billion of US taxpayer dollars going to subsidize Brazilian energy development, George Soros bought into Petrobas big time, like $2 billion worth of shares or something.

Coincidence?

Also, the pipeline from Canada would compete with a rail line that Soros has an interest in. Pipeline delayed.

Coincidence?

Interesting, no?

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

GOP campaigns like Exxon Mobil.

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

“GOP campaigns” are not “Exxon Mobil” and “Exxon Mobil” is not “GOP campaigns.”

One thing is not like the other. A tree isn’t a wheelbarrow and a wheelbarrow isn’t a tree.

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

What was that vast amount of money Obama took from the US paychecks to send to Brazil so Brazil could develope their petroleum industry while Obama denied further exploration in US geography?

That’s a big egg there that needs to be exposed, along with unemployment stats here in the US since Obama has been in office. “We don’t need to continue this”…should be the voice-over.

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

That stolen 716 billion allowed him to engage in all sorts of madness because the CBO did not revela the true cost of Obamacare…..

Use the 716 billion from Medicare in the ad….

then point out the gift to PetroBas in Brazil….

Barack Obama why can you take 716 billion from medicare and send billion to put Brazillians to work getting oil offshore when you wrecked US offshore companies hurting US Jobs?

Let America Work….

This is it folks by word of mouth by all of us or by ad blitz if our political leaders don’t get it this pushback is a pushback that will stick with and resonate with America…

Let America Work!

harlekwin15 on August 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Soros profits by ruining economies. If anyone can be called “evil”, it’s George Soros.

And it’s not at all surprising that he holds the strings for Obama in the Presidency and the DNC. He pays them to do what he wants, witness all the media Soros makes possible financially (interesting that the “9ll was an inside job” net/site rings were begun with Soros funding).

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Chris Matthews “bill board poster old man has been commie hack” of an example of what is wrong with the U.S.A..

Often now talking to himself and a bit of a dribble down his commie chin/chin.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Meh. Pelosi is Salome and wants to writhe around me like a boa constrictor. Oh wait, that’s somebody else.

Seth Halpern on August 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

There went my appetite!

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I like to see the fat cats get richer. Forbes’s list of billionaires is always an interesting read.

theperfecteconomist on August 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

It is a fact that oil companies, such as Exxon Mobil, donate more money to Republicans than Democrats on a cycle to cycle basis.

That is what I meant.

Heck, I don’t blame them given how the Democrats as a whole act toward the American Oil industry.

The Democrat Party routinely attacks these companies publicly, uses them as political whipping boys in pointless Congressional hearing after hearing.

That Brazilian energy company isn’t involved here like that.

I bet that figures into their thinking.

Plus, the Soros investment.

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM

OMG! Sununu on Soledad O’Brien, her head almost exploded…you can find the whole think on newsbusters

Sununu to O’Brien: ‘put an obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this’….

the Right smack down of the left media continues…did Ryan unleashed some occult force or what….I am in shock, am not used to see republicans fighting back (street kinda fight too :)…me likey :)…

jimver on August 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Well, Atlas Shrugged is historically long…

Hucklebuck on August 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

My shortened version isn’t and it indicts all democrats in DC.

Barack Obama stole 716 billion dollars from a fund made up of money from everyone from janitors and waitresses to bankers to fund his harebrained schemes….

ladies and gentlemen we are all the pickers of the winners and losers in America though the economy. DC needs to get out of the way and I promise everyone who was hurt by that 716 billion dollar loss we will protect you and together we can come up with something better, but first we all need to get America back to work by getting the EPA and venture socialism out of the way…..

Let America Work.

harlekwin15 on August 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM

conservative Republican.

rickv404 on August 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I saw on Saturday afternoon, Fox News, the customary strategist vs. strategist debate. The lib tool they had on brought up Rand, the fact Ryan said he is a fan of hers, then hammered on the fact he’s a Catholic and she is an atheist over and over again, like it proves he is a hypocrite, or that Religious Right voters would be turned off by the word “atheist”.

It was the lamest, weakest lib attempt to swipe at Ryan all that day.

Pathetic.

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Saw it, too, agree, it was pathetic by Left…

…but first of all it was irrational by the Left. Kristin Powers comes to mind…

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

…but first of all it was irrational by the Left. Kristin Powers comes to mind…

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

That was classic. I saw that one live too, Bret Baier and Krauthammer laughed in her face.

“You realize how silly that sounds?”

lol

They are really trying hard, but so far it is all lameness.

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I havn’t read this entire thread so excuse me if this has already been pointed out. Over at The Right Scoop they posted this under Soledad vs Sununu refering to all of these videos.

KP getting smacked down by Bret Baier
DWS getting hers handed to her by Wolfie
Soledad O’Brien getting embaressed by Sununu
Chrissy boy here getting shamed

This is what was said;

I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but today is “National Smack Down the Liberal Media Day”

I love watching all of these, WWE vs obamamediahacks

D-fusit on August 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Oh, democrats are rabid about Ayn Rand? That she must have hit a cord within the leftist psyche is evidence of panic.

jake49 on August 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

oh, forgot Piers Morgan vs Newt as well

D-fusit on August 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I like to see the fat cats get richer. Forbes’s list of billionaires is always an interesting read.

theperfecteconomist on August 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Obama has been public in revealing his “beliefs” that ]America isn’t exceptional…nothing special when compared with other countries’ and such.

It’s part of that “George Soros deconstruction” or “ruin” of a nation, a national economy, a “taking down” of exceptionalism, achievement. It’s his process (George Soros’) used time and time again against eonomies to render them ruined for purposes of Soros gaining financial control over currency value and operations.

Obama’s just an eager fool happy to encourage a “deconstruction of value” in all things America. When he (of late) talks about “shared” wealth he’s encouraging people to enjoy worsened conditions: “be happy in your work” philosophy that demands you not complain and pretend the conditions are not miserable.

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Saw it, too, agree, it was pathetic by Left…

…but first of all it was irrational by the Left. Kristin Powers comes to mind…

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

What did Kristin Powers have to say about Ryan, I didn’t see that..

jimver on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

KOOLAID2 on August 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Precisely.

You can just sense something terrible is going to happen soon.

I’m waiting for Maddow to storm onto the set with a strap on and an effigy of Barry Goldwater whilst singing God Bless America.

CorporatePiggy on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

These people are absolute imbeciles.

Hummer53 on August 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

On CNN online right now top story;

Is Ryan for or against Ayn Rand?

Words fail me…

D-fusit on August 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

On CNN online right now top story;

Is Ryan for or against Ayn Rand?

Words fail me…

D-fusit on August 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

They better be careful…

Choom King is the living embodiement of the wreckers and even if it long and turgid the summary ain’t exactly against the core beliefs of America…

harlekwin15 on August 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I’m waiting for Maddow to storm onto the set with a strap on and an effigy of Barry Goldwater whilst singing God Bless America.

CorporatePiggy on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Next time give some warning, mental eye bleach stat!

D-fusit on August 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

The words consistently used by the left regarding Ryan is “rich” and “white”. Class and race warfare, plain and simple.

They know that by repeating these words over and over again will nest in the brain.

They believe the same tactics against Palin will work against Ryan as they really have no other choice.

By the way, I didn’t know Ryan was running for president as you would think the left is acting.

JayJay123 on August 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

What did Kristin Powers have to say about Ryan, I didn’t see that..

jimver on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

She twisted herself into a pretzel trying to preserve the talking point that the Ryan plan for Medicare would hurt senior voters, and she got laughed at.

Here ya go, video:

Bret Baier to Kirsten Powers: You understand how silly that sounds?
Posted by The Right Scoop The Right Scoop on August 13th, 2012

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Notwithstanding how good a job we the people and the RNC/Romney/Ryan do in November 2012 there are other forces comming to aid U.S..

Standing now in heaps of “flesh/bones now to dust” our final fixer Grim Reeper himself.

Old now are the orginal 1960′s commie infiltrators of the Democrat Party. Not only age but life styles come to them.
Each year, month, week, day these old bald, grey, over medicated theives of liberty and freedoms glance with great fear at their birth dates and have the knowing they are to late on the mission plan.

Father Time has them now firmly, close, they and he know the long last moments are near.

They will be free of U.S. and those who they sought to enslave with taxes and CO2 rules will remain free in spite of all their evil lies and fraud on the U.S. Constitution.

Comes the judgment.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Saw it, too, agree, it was pathetic by Left…

…but first of all it was irrational by the Left. Kristin Powers comes to mind…

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

What did Kristin Powers have to say about Ryan, I didn’t see that..

jimver on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

http://youtu.be/KqS7mo1xgtE

Lourdes on August 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

“Tingles” LMAO! That is perfect for the Social-path. Tingles likes when he sees the Obumbler’s jingles. I wonder what they will do when the Obumbler is sent back to Chicago?

Tbone McGraw on August 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

When that happens, he’ll have a tinkle down his leg…no more tingles.

right of the dial on August 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

So . . .

Liberals think we’re sexually prude and uptight, but want to screw everything in sight?

Yeah, right.

Liberals also believe the GOP is made up of entirely rich white guys and people who have been brainwashed and have Stockholm syndrome. Us middle class conservatives can’t help ourselves because the evil rich and corporations have us chained.

PastorJon on August 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

That is good, but don’t forget that liberals also want to charge you a fee for a fishing license, tax the rod, tax the reel, tax the fishing line, tax the bait, regulate inland waterways and charge for their usage, regulate the fuel for the boat as a global warming threat to the environment thus increasing it’s cost as well as taxing that too. You get the idea. It never, ever ends.

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

you forgot to mention forcing us to by ethanol which is destroying my outboard

ellesar04 on August 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-obama-is-robbing-suburbs-to-pay-for.html

M2RB: The Pretenders

Resist We Much on August 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

As an Objectivist, I wish he were Ayn Rand. He’s pretty good, but not nearly that good.

elfman on August 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I love the smell of Democrat desperation in the morning!

thirteen28 on August 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Better than the smell of fresh coffee, is it not?

Aizen on August 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

As an Objectivist, I wish he were Ayn Rand. He’s pretty good, but not nearly that good.

elfman on August 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Ditto.

Resist We Much on August 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Useful Idiot

NCPatriot75 on August 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

FIFY

NOMOBO on August 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I don’t think he’s worried about the working poor.

Whether Ryan is or isn’t worried about the working poor, I cannot say.

But you, Chrissy, could not give one hoot less about the poor, or you’d sign over each and every one of your paychecks to the them. Or would that put too much of a squeeze on your ability to purchase potent potables?

See how easy it is to play their game? And how stupid?

ya2daup on August 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

If you were raising a young man/ or a girl too? and needed a role model, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would be a good choice.

Mr. Obama would be a disgrace as a role model for any student, and his bragging about his drug habits to make them cool in his biographies is Lunatic.

I bet Obama has to say to his own girls, DO as I say, not as I do, which you hear out of liberals as their way of life, telling other people how THEY should do.

Fleuries on August 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Nah, that can’t be it. You got me, Chris Matthews. We’re just hateful and apathetic towards everyone who isn’t wealthy, including ourselves. That’s us in a nutshell!

Be kind to Chris Matthews, Erika. Life’s not easy when you’re an elderly drunk with a speech impediment.

(Although in fairness, he’s far more coherent here on Morning Joe than Hardball; I can only assume it’s just too early for cocktails.)

Harpazo on August 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Ayn Rand is indignant. Ryan is not even remotely her.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I’m waiting for Maddow to storm onto the set with a strap on and an effigy of Barry Goldwater whilst singing God Bless America.

CorporatePiggy on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

… I just spewed…gee thanks!…now I got crotch coffee stains…and I’m not going to be walking around work with 6 hours to go…don’t want to explain anything!

KOOLAID2 on August 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

However, Obama created The Starnesvilles Club.

“Obama doesn’t like the poor and hates the rich” — Ann Couter

…while he and Michelle will always live like Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

http://www.onebayarea.org/

How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-obama-is-robbing-suburbs-to-pay-for.html

M2RB: The Pretenders

Resist We Much on August 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Can’t watch videos on my work computer, but the progressive/liberal agenda is EXACTLY to rob the suburbs to pay for the cities. It is going full bore in California as we speak:

http://www.onebayarea.org/

Dig through their progressive happy talk gobbely gook website and you will discern their agenda very quickly. These people are bound and determined to run ruin your life!

NOMOBO on August 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Matthews is a mindless, left wing douche.

rplat on August 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Remeber the good old days when reporters pretended to be neutral…..

tom on August 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I’m waiting for Maddow to storm onto the set with a strap on and an effigy of Barry Goldwater whilst singing God Bless America.

CorporatePiggy on August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

[Applause] Well done.

Harpazo on August 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

We are witnessing the crack up of the liberal media.
Tater Salad on August 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Actually the entire Progressive superstructure. We’re watching an unholy inversion of values as Progressives morph into the hysterical reactionary burghers of “The Crucible” — crying “witch” at Paul Ryan because he read Ayn Rand at one point in his life. The meaning of being “liberal” has been turned on its head.

It seems the GOP has figured out that their biggest opponent may not be Obama, but the media.

Can’t agree with that. They haven’t figured it out.

rrpjr on August 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Mika, poor thing, is only ‘smarter’ than Soledad. She is a perfect statue to the set.

“Obama doesn’t like the poor and hates the rich” –Ann Coulter.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Anyone who claims that Ryan is Ayn Rand is clueless.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

OT
http://www.times-herald.com/local/Feds-order-state-to-pay-summer-unemployment-claims–
More Barry and his gang using taxpayer’s money to pander to the Teacher’s union and buy votes. Now teachers can collect unemployment payments during summer vacation.

bayview on August 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Not exactly. Teachers still can’t claim unemployment over the summer, because they are paid on a 12-month basis. But it appears for some time now other employees who are on a contractual basis with the school system, such as cafeteria workers and school bus drivers, have been claiming unemployment benefits during the summer months.

So the dispute is that the state is saying, “You’re not unemployed just because you have a seasonal contract and it’s off season.” Which is true enough.

I gather the complaint is that, if they can’t get a job during the off-season, then they really are unemployed.

So the real dispute here is, are they unemployed through no fault of their own (can’t get a job over the summer because there are no jobs) or is it their own fault (they’ve known for months that they would be out of a job when the school year ended.)

I think the state is right in that unemployment insurance is not really supposed to apply to seasonal workers.

At any rate, the Department of Labor is arguing that they should be treated like public school teachers, but if that were the case they should be paid on a 12-month basis and be ineligible to apply for unemployment benefits over the summer.

tom on August 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I AM an unabashed Randian. Paul Ryan, to my dismay, is not. So, please, do not label him as a disciple of Ayn Rand. He is an Austrian, but he is not a Randian. Anyone to the right of Marx is a Randian in the eyes of The Ferret. Do not be fooled.

If he were a Randian, he wouldn’t be trying to “save” Medicare and Social Security. He would END them and do it immediately. If he were a Randian, he would not have voted for Part D, DHS, TARP, to raise the debt ceiling, to increase the size of the Federal budget, etc.

I wish that he would govern by the rules of Atlas Shrugged, but he will not.

Sophie

RWM, you are superb.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

More Poopy pants coming from the Lying Media after this…..

66% of all economic activity in the U.S. comes from Consumer spending?

Teenager Fanta Bagayoko personifies U.S. retailers’ worst nightmare this back-to-school season.

“I feel like the economy is messed up,” the 18-year-old said while shopping at a Walmart in New Jersey, for herself and her niece. “Money wise, I still feel like we are in a recession.”

It has been more than three years since the official end of the brutal U.S. recession, but Bagayoko and several other U.S. shoppers said they are not feeling better about the economy or their own finances, and are spending only on essential items.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/08/14/back-to-school-shoppers-tight-fisted/

Get Christ Matthews a new diaper for this afternoon. More bad news for his tingle/thrill up his leg.

PappyD61 on August 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Let’s face it folks, if he could, Paul Ryan would screw the poor. Thank God he pulled a hammy pushing Granny off of that cliff!

Kenz on August 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

EAT THE RICH.
EXPLOIT THE POOR.

That IS the Democrite platform.

FlaMurph on August 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The poor have no capital gains…and never will, so long as Obama and his thugs keep them in the modern day plantations.

Be proud C. Matthews, for subjugating so many people.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Eat the Rich, one of the best books on topic.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Clintonite to be shunned 3,2,1

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Didn’t the average middle class family income go DOWN by like $4,000+ over the last 4 years?

So what does that mean? Obama doesn’t like them much either? Or when the wealth of the top goes down, so does everyone else’s?

OR BOTH?

UnderstandingisPower on August 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I hope Newt & Sununu are indicative of a new, aggressive attitude on the part of the Mitt Campaign. Journalism in this country is virtually the Propaganda Bureau of the Democratic Party (with a few notable exceptions) and it would behoove the GOP to acknowledge it and work to defeat it.

Attack the jerk asking the questions. Question his or her motives and biases. Ridicule the sources. And use the new media to outflank the old. Show them up for the hacks they are. Over and over again. Fight them–they are your enemies, smiling and blow-dried as they carry the liberals’ water. Or liquor, in Chrissy’s case.

spiritof61 on August 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Next time give some warning, mental eye bleach stat!

D-fusit on August 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Yeah, sorry about that.

CorporatePiggy on August 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

“I think he’s looking for the winners”.
So this is what the ’12 campaign comes down to:
“Winners vs Whiners”.

hutch1200 on August 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I shows you the lengths of desperation they’re at now, to identify Ryan with Ayn Rand, a hero across so many different groups, but hated for stands on individualism, athiesm, and government.

Yeah, we’re smelling that smell….

itsspideyman on August 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Does Chris Matthews actually have any idea what Ayn Rand was talking about? Reminds me of my friend who saw I was reading Atlas Shrugged lately (a truly frightening book read in the context of today’s Animal Farm White House) and said, “Oh, yeah, I read that in high school; it’s about greed.”

Excuse me?!

But here’s what I’d like to pass along from someone who can find it. I read it but I can’t find it quickly.

There was a report some time back on the charitable giving of members of Congress. It found that Republican members, on average, gave far more to charity than did their Democrat counterparts.

So, what does that say about who cares more about “poor people?”

IndieDogg on August 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Chrissy is a non-entity that has an insignificant audience. He jumped the shark looonnnggg ago. Why does Hot Air even waste bandwidth talking about him???

KS Rex on August 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Anyone who claims that Ryan is Ayn Rand is clueless.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

True — but you can’t spell “Ayn Rand” without R-Y-A-N! :-)

Mary in LA on August 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Nah, that can’t be it. You got me, Chris Matthews. We’re just hateful and apathetic towards everyone who isn’t wealthy, including ourselves. That’s us in a nutshell!

Heaven forbid anybody walk away from reading her [Ayn Rand] novels with any productive thoughts about the power of self-ownership and rugged individualism, or anything non-statist like that. Ew, gross.

This is such perfect snarc, intelligent, witty, and it leaves a mark (ala Boss Emeritus, the queen of intellectual snarkiness). Bravo, Erika. You rock.

College Prof on August 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Define poor again Chris,
Is it only one flat screen or two ?

STOP EXPLOITING THE POOR YOU GREAT SOCIETY SOCIALIST DIMOCRITES.

FlaMurph on August 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Remember back in the good old days when Chris was an aid to Tip O’Neill and could be counted on for a reasonable and rational argument? Yeah, me neither.

Zardoz on August 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Anyone who claims that Ryan is Ayn Rand is clueless.

Ryan is an anagram of Ayn R.

lostmotherland on August 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I wish Paul Ryan were Ayn Rand.

He’s known for liking her novels, but I doubt he accepts her philosophy. He probably picks and choses a few conclusions he likes all while disagreeing with the premises of those conclusions.

ebrawer on August 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Hey, Dems, Why Don’t You Tell Us How You Really Feel About Paul Ryan?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/hey-dems-why-dont-you-tell-us-how-you.html

M2RB: KISS, live at Rock Am Ring 2010

Resist We Much on August 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM

She twisted herself into a pretzel trying to preserve the talking point that the Ryan plan for Medicare would hurt senior voters, and she got laughed at.

Here ya go, video:

Bret Baier to Kirsten Powers: You understand how silly that sounds?
Posted by The Right Scoop The Right Scoop on August 13th, 2012

Brian1972 on August 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

aww, she pulled a Soledad there..don’t know why I always tought that she wasn’t that dumb as the rest of the leftist OBozo cheerleadfes…which goes to prove there areen’t degrees of dumbness with these people on the left, there is just a gluey, gray mass of dumb that covers all of them….

Thanks for the link, to loirfes too…

jimver on August 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

To lourdes that is..

jimver on August 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Ryan is Hitler!

He hates the poor!

He’s a dead Russian woman!

profitsbeard on August 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Matthews is a member of the Washington cocktail circuit. He makes $5 mill a year. He has no idea of what the poor live like. To him they’re nothing but a talking point as are the middle class and small business. He’s a media cocoon blabbermouth.

flataffect on August 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

On the other hand, leftists tend to avoid people who work for a living like the plague (because, for all they know, that condition might be contagious.) So there are millions of Americans who ARE in a position to be stunned by unfiltered Communist propaganda.

Unfortunately, what the vast majority of them see is the predigested version of this bile. For all practical purposes, MSNBC is a cable-access channel. ABCNBCCBS Nightly News has about a hundred times Chris Matthew’s audience. And the animatronic mannequins who anchor those shows don’t scream out excerpts from the Commnunist Manifesto. They take bits and pieces of what the apparatchiks have been saying the past week and regurgitate it into a bland pablum. And weeks later, it slowly seeps into the ossified brains of people desperate to pretend they have an opinion about something besides sports and soap operas.

logis on August 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Someone — maybe on this thread, maybe on another — mentioned the book “You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists)” by Dr. Fred Schwarz. My hubby has a copy that he bought secondhand with a 1960 copyright when he was in high school. I am reading it now. One thing that got my attention was the last chapter on how to combat the indoctrination, which involves a detailed look at knowing and understanding exactly how they go about it. But the major things I am taking away from it is that the Commies have had decades and decades to hone their techniques and methodically put them into practice through a very perceptive knowledge of human nature and they are absolutely dead serious about “converting” everyone they can to their worldview.

And this is what I believe the GOP fundamentally still does not understand, along with large swaths of the American public. Communists? Wasn’t that all over with when the Berlin Wall came down? Or what was going on with Joe McCarthy? Richard Nixon — didn’t he rat out some guy named Alger Hiss? These few incidences of big news that caught the attention of the public did help to acknowledge the problem of Communists in government and worldwide, but the fact remains that it was all pretty much forgotten after the hoopla died down.

The Commies are much more successful when they are able to work anonymously and quietly out of the limelight. They are like termites, who bore away at wood beams in a house with the owners unaware, until the day that one of them steps on a hollowed-out board and it gives way. It just so happens that now they have been coming out of the closet and are emboldened since Obama has been in office, and while that might become their fatal flaw, they still shouldn’t be underestimated. They will go back underground, wait for their next chance, or continue to work where they still have an influence. We Conservatives have a lot of catching up to do to combat it, we’re way behind and time is running out.

PatriotGal2257 on August 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Jennifer Rubin has a post up today with a new ad by Romney…all about Medicare..he is going after Obama. It is worth watching and reading

Terrye on August 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Ayn Rand cared deeply about the poor.

Which is why she wanted them to be able to succeed.

People like Matthews want/need to keep poor people, poor.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 14, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I wish Paul Ryan was Ayn Rand reincarnated! Sadly, he forgot about her economic teachings when he voted for TARP, the bailouts, and No Child Left Behind.

His plan may be better than the nothing plan on the left, but it sure doesn’t cut enough spending to really help us.

For example, for almost all of my childhood, we didn’t have a Dept of Education, imagine that! We all managed to be educated anyway with local school districts in control of the schools. Schools could spend a lot less too, since they didn’t need 10 principals and vice principals to do Federal paperwork.

We need to roll back the alphabet departments and give control back to the states where it belongs.

Common Sense on August 14, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Chris Matthews. The man who said it is racist to own a pickup truck. All you need to know really.

waelse1 on August 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Is it possible the only audience watching MSNBC are conservative bloggers? This so the idiot MSNBC comments can be given their due mocking.

joecollins on August 14, 2012 at 7:42 PM

As Abe said, you clown Matthews, we do not believe in “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.”

Let each man or woman keep the fruit of their labors.

AshleyTKing on August 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Chris Matthews: Paul Ryan “is Ayn Rand” and wants to “screw” the poor

I take it he never read the book.

Either that or he’s just too far gone, that is, he really believes that people have to be taken care of by the government.

He should really open up his own halfway house for the poor (on his own dime, of course) and get all his Lib buddies to do the same.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I’m pretty sure if Paul Ryan were ever to be in an Ayn Rand novel he would definitely be a villan.

neightkelly on August 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Oh there he goes again! Chris is off his meds.

MCGIRV on August 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

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