Matthews on McCain’s grilling of Hagel: I think he might have been having a Vietnam flashback

posted at 8:16 pm on February 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

You’re better off reading the transcript at Newsbusters than watching the clip, which, for some reason, excludes two of Matthews’s references to “flashbacks.” Halfway through it, I thought he was using “flashback” and “nightmare” as some sort of extremely ill-advised metaphor for what McCain was feeling yesterday while interrogating Hagel. Tasteless, yes, but just a metaphor. Quote:

A resentment not against the North Vietnamese who imprisoned and toured him all those years, not against George W. Bush and his political henchmen who tried to stain McCain’s reputation back in 2000, but against a guy who fought against fear and rallied against wounds just like he did in the same army of America’s long nightmare in Vietnam, Chuck Hagel. A nightmare by the way whose flashbacks must haunt still the mind and heart of John Sidney McCain.

If you strain very hard you can read that nightmare/flashback line metaphorically, i.e. that Vietnam was a nightmare for the country at large and that McCain, like anyone who lived through it, can’t help letting his views of the Iraq war be colored by it. But no, that’s not what Matthews means. He goes on to say of McCain, “I’m absolutely convinced we’re watching a flashback” and, later, “It looks like a flashback. McCain is so angry.” (That second line is featured in the second clip below.) He obviously means it in the literal sense. He’s talking about an honest-to-goodness, post-torture POW PTSD flashback as an explanation for McCain’s irritation over Hagel’s filibustering at a hearing. This isn’t the first time the left has insinuated for political advantage that McCain might be mental, although typically they frame it in terms of worries about his “temper” precisely because they don’t want to be on the hook for a smear this nasty. Not Matthews, though. When it comes to protecting a critic of the “Israel lobby” from the neocons, he’ll happily delegitimize a war hero’s defense of the surge by blaming it on some sort of prison-camp psychosis. Only on MSNBC, only on MSNBC could you find a liberal who not only thinks the big takeaway from yesterday’s catastrophic Hagel testimony is how combative the Republicans were but who’s willing to use McCain’s torture as a bludgeon against him to serve that narrative.

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In a normal world – that would get Matthews suspended.

Disgusting.

gophergirl on February 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

SPITTLE!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Scum.

jawkneemusic on February 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I would like to see Chrissy’s face on Judgment Day.

hillsoftx on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

The Tingler Chrissy “Bad Acid” Matthews lives in a permanent flashback of humping Zero’s leg.

viking01 on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Matthews is a vile little troll.

rbj on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Matthews is a vile little troll.

rbj on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Nope, not at all. Nothing little about him.

Well, except for his humanity.

And his compassion

And his personality.

AZfederalist on February 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I don’t call him MSNBC Moron#1 for nothing, he wears it with pride.

jeffinsjvca on February 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Mathews is having an acid flashback.

Curtiss on February 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Oh Chris, Chris, Chris. Whatever happened to “civil discourse”

AZfederalist on February 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Chris Matthews, the pride of MSNBC. If these people had any concept of shame…oh hell, what’s the use? Never mind.

predator on February 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

SPITTLE!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Heh, yeah.

Curtiss on February 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Gee…I wonder what the reaction of the MSM would be if Rush made a similar comment about a Democrat?

Dopenstrange on February 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

“Projection” is written all over this DB who’s show is called Hardball but he can’t handle when the GOP gets the slightest bit of backbone.

Greek Fire on February 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

OT: today would of been Andrew Breitbart’s birthday =( man we need him still

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/remembering-andrew-breitbart-on-his-43rd-birthday/

sadsushi on February 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Republican-led wars, from Vietnam to Iraq

Liberals will ALWAYS treat a war started by Kennedy, lost by Johnson, ended by Nixon, with last troop removed by Ford as a “Republican” war.”

They were for the Korean War before they were against it.

They were for the Vietnam War before they were against it.

They were for the Shah of Iran before they were against him.

They were for the Ayatollah Khomeini before they were against him.

They were for the Lebanon War Powers Resolution before they were against it.

They were for the Persian Gulf War before they were against it.

They were for the Afghanistan War before they were against it.

They were for the Iraq War before they were against it.

It should come as a surprise to EXACTLY NO ONE that Chris Matthews’ Party passed the Case-Church Amendment cutting off funding while American troops, like Chuck Hagel, were in the jungles of Vietnam and then call for retreat.

Since the Korean War, Liberals will ONLY take credit for conflict when the troops are building playgrounds and passing out chocolates. Such wars are incapable of being lost. (Bullets? Surely, you jest. We don’t need no steenkin’ bullets. Send daisies!).

To prove this point, let’s recall what Biden said:

“I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.”

Obama opposed the Iraq War and Biden voted against it. They were against it before they were for it when it began to look like a victory and a great humanitarian effort. “Bush’s Bad War” has become “Obama’s Good War” and will be spun as “one of the great achievements of the Obama administration.”

Afghanistan was “Obama’s Good War.” Since it hasn’t been going well, “Obama’s Good War” has become “Bush’s Bad War.”

Lost or possibly lost war: They will be for it before they are against it.

Won or winning war: They will be against it before they are for it.

Fortunately for the surrender monkeys, if their red (Socialism) flags get washed with their white (Surrender Monkey) flags, they will have pink (CodePink) flags, they will have pink flags to use at the next CodePink protest because THOSE COLOURS DO RUN!

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Why does anyone care what Chris Mathews says anymore. I think more people watch him on HotAir then do on his own show.

JellyToast on February 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I don’t call him MSNBC Moron#1 for nothing, he wears it with pride.

jeffinsjvca on February 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

The Reverend Sharpton breathes a sigh of relief.

Timin203 on February 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Why does anyone care what Chris Mathews says anymore. I think more people watch him on HotAir then do on his own show.

JellyToast on February 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Didn’t watch. Never do. I read the transcript.

predator on February 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Chris Matthews: angry, crazy, mean old drunk.

bw222 on February 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM

And it’s “than” not “then.”

predator on February 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I watched part of a Mathews show once. I still have flashbacks. Spitting, giggling, angry loon. The things got weird.

pat on February 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Matthews IS a puke and his remark disgusting but I also noticed Mc Lame had NOTHING but wet kisses and hugs for buddy,buddy John “Genghis Khan” Kerry.

I find that a Senator that is supposed to represent ALL the people, who himself is a Vietnam Vet and former POW would give a pass to that vile mendacious, traitor, a man that insulted military members during TWO conflicts is equally disgusting.

sanjuro on February 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

OT: I’m very disappointed by this. I’ve supported WWP since their inception. I may have to reconsider if they don’t reverse this.

Read the story. Little kids even donated to this cause and were devastated. There are other veteran support groups to donate to, and I may have to make a switch it this isn’t changed.

predator on February 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

If anyone was having a ‘flashback’ it was Chrissy to his acid tripping days.

GarandFan on February 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

What he’s made of it notwithstanding, he sits in a chair with the power to address the entire world, every day.

It’s astonishing, the incongruity of it. The amount of power and the lack of wisdom to use it, the fact that he’s there for the purpose of untangling knots and completely incapable of untangling knots –

The fact that he was allowed to sit there once is an indictment of all of us, and the fact that he is allowed to sit there every day is evidence that the world of men is evil.

Someone push his red button. After he’s shark poop, maybe our children’s children will be able to forget people were ever so barbaric that they allowed that to influence millions of lives.

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

That is perhaps the greatest piece of shit comment I have read in a long time. I’m sorry if I offend. But that really, truly is.

guido911 on February 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Chris can’t scream ‘racist’!!

Chris is befuddled..

Say now!! Them there Texa-Reich-AZonisns…

BigWyo on February 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Check this out…. Rubio beats Hillary with Hispanics… granted, it’s Zogby… but still… the gap is big enough to have hope…

http://washingtonexaminer.com/2016-poll-hillary-beats-rubio-but-marco-wins-hispanics/article/2520292

dforston on February 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Fortunately for the surrender monkeys, if their red (Socialism) flags get washed with their white (Surrender Monkey) flags, they will have pink (CodePink) flags, they will have pink flags to use at the next CodePink protest because THOSE COLOURS DO RUN!

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

LOL

— That sentence is the rhetorical equivalent of running and shooting at the same time. :)

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Hey Mathews,,It’s America…Not Amwerica you stuttering, slobbering leftist ()#Ekholster…

BigWyo on February 1, 2013 at 8:50 PM

And his viewers agree.

MT on February 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

— That sentence is the rhetorical equivalent of running and shooting at the same time. :)

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 8:50 PM

WITH SCISSORS! lol

It should have read:

Fortunately for the surrender monkeys, if their red (Socialism) flags get washed with their white (Surrender Monkey) flags, they will have pink flags for their next CodePink protest because THOSE COLOURS DO RUN!

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I used to watch his show everyday. Now I can’t even watch videos that make Mathews look evil.

For younger people, its hard to believe that his show was the place to watch politics. Barbra Olson and Mark Levin were regulars. Its now just a place for leftists to vent.

KMav on February 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I call upon all busses. Please drive straight into this pukeface.

blatantblue on February 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Mathews is vile scum. He doesn’t understand the depth and magnitude of his words. He should have his citizenship revoked and exiled from the US.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

KMav on February 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I remember it.

My dad used to watch Hardball every night, but that was LONG ago. Chris Matthews has devolved into a lying son of a b!tch propagandist.

blatantblue on February 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

LONG ago.

blatantblue on February 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Yes. I think the show went south when we went to war with Iraq. That was about 10 years ago.

KMav on February 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Will somebody please kick this guys ass?

BallisticBob on February 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Chris is just the bile of Obama..

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Chris is just the bile of Obama..

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

He’s also a pile of Obama.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

We need a show to ridicule crissy and the rest of the propagandists.Web based,PJ Media tv or Becks Blaze, as a regular weekly show, overtime it would work.

tim c on February 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

If he hadn’t jumped the shark before, he jumped it today.

Congrats, Chris.

petefrt on February 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Am I reading that chyron right? REPUBLICAN-LED WARS VIETNAM TO IRAQ?

VIET NAM?

I didn’t know that Kennedy and Johnson were Republican?

So now Chrissy and the Dumbs are rewriting history, as well?

pelajus on February 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Bah. We’re so much better than this, so much wiser. Who negotiates the contract? Come on — cut it out. Let him go. Tell him he needs to shuffle some ballast and keel even, and let him go.

MSNBC — Don’t you want to do more than this? If you believe in your progressive ideas, don’t you want someone who can talk about them?

I think you should hire and fire who you’d like. Is this really who you’d like? There have to be 100,000 people right behind him, chomping at the spotlight. It can’t be all about the money, or you’d put a conservative on there and make some. So forget trying to protect what’s left of the numbers. Roll your dice — stop hiring personalities and marketing marquee — it’s not working — and start hiring people who want to talk about the things you want to talk about.

To infinity and beyond!

Think about it. Think of the cash, the success, the important public work.

I won’t tell anyone you read Hot Air.

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

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Damn . . . . . that’s good! … : )

listens2glenn on February 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Will somebody please kick this guys ass?

BallisticBob on February 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

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I thought he got his A$$ kicked major-league on JEOPARDY, when they had a celebrity tournament sometime in 2012.

It was embarrassing to watch.

listens2glenn on February 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Back in 2005, Media Splatters named Chrissy Tingles their “Misinformer of the Year” Award. I wonder what award they give her nowadays?

Stu Gotts on February 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM

You know folks, as a disabled veteran, and one who has family members that served this great Nation back to World War I, I am sick and tired of this sh*t from the left, and their selective version of what a “good” Viet Nam War veteran versus a “bad” Viet Nam veteran (or what ever their choice of conflict is).

John Kerry (Dumbass-MA) Good Viet Nam veteran.
Bob Kerrey (Dumbass-NE) Good Viet Nam veteran.
Chuck Hagel (RINO-NE) Good Viet Nam veteran.

John McCain (R-AZ) Bad Viet Nam veteran.

I know from personal experience that Chuck Hagel has never been a champion of veterans and Active Duty personnel, having visited him on Capital Hill on numerous occasions. He is quick to get a photo op with veterans and active military, but other than that, the bast*rd couldn’t get us out of his office soon enough.

Screw him, the K brothers, and Chrissy “Tingles” Matthews…none of them are worthy of polishing the boots of a first week Private in boot camp.

Gothguy on February 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Breitbart’s birthday?

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

It’s come to been like this.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

He still has the worst ratings on MSNBC, which is probably better then Piers Morgan,

narciso on February 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

listens2glenn on February 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of a Gambino family type beat down.

BallisticBob on February 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Is chrissys middle name Touré or just dipshit.

Texyank on February 1, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Newsbusters had the Morning Joe clips on the hearings. Sick and infuriating, even by MSDNC standards. I need to get the Thesaurus out, feel like I’ve been saying “infuriating” a lot lately.

Jackalope on February 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Maybe Chrissy is onto something.

Got a bunch of Viet Cong and ChiCom types running this nation now, that McCain might just be having flashbacks.

That McCain himself has enabled a lot of it, does not necessarily make it impossible for it to actually be happening.

LegendHasIt on February 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I cannot and will not watch him, even a short clip on HA.

I tried hard to come up with the perfect word to describe him, in light of his McCain slagging remark.

Best I can do is “scumbag”.

In every sense of the word.

1921 C DRUM on February 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

LegendHasIt on February 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Wow, that was horribly written… But I reckon you folks get the idea.

LegendHasIt on February 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Chris is just bitter because he never had any flashbacks from the hallucinogens that he did back in the day. Oh, and he wants his money back – and you all are racists!

ghostwalker1 on February 1, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Hey Chris, No worries.

Forget about the current and ongoing bloodbath at CNN and Capus’s resignation at NBC. Absolutely nothing is going to happen at MSNBC, the lowest rated cable channel.

Sleep well, but know that even if your nightmare comes true, you could always get a job at FOX. Snort, Snicker… Bwahahahaha!

Damn, I just snorted cold beer out my nose.

WestTexasBirdDog on February 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Spittle-flecked, kneeling, grove lying drunk. Tell me why his opinion is worth anyone’s time again?

totherightofthem on February 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Stupid auto-correct. Grove lying=> groveling.

totherightofthem on February 1, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Like I just tweeted Chrissy…people who speak in metaphors can shampoo my crotch.

Patrap on February 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

predator on February 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I’ve been hearing stuff about them. I’m sure they’ve done a lot of great work, but as you say, there are many other groups who do the same things.

http://www.ammoland.com/2012/11/wounded-warrior-project-is-anti-gun/#axzz2JfQCHAbB

juliesa on February 1, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Matthews is something far less than a man. He is less than the ape at the zoo that flings feces at humans. He is an intellectual and moral castrato screeching epithets at his betters whilst writhing in paroxysmic fits of achievement envy. He is without the honor that hallmarks a man, and any progeny he may have produced is nothing more than stench of his rotting inhumanity further polluting the earth.

M240H on February 2, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Please… for the sake of all that’s good and decent, lol… stop giving little Chrissy Matthews a platform. He doesn’t deserve it and he’s DREADFULLY tiresome at this point. It’s been like 5 years of leg-tingling boorishness already. Enough is enough.

Murf76 on February 2, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Chris Matthews is a wonderful example of someone who should never be allowed to purchase a gun, or knives, in fact he should be in a padded room somewhere.

He really is insane. It is hard for me to get mad at the mentally ill.

William Eaton on February 2, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Uhhh, yeah – the kid that Brutally Murdered 26 innocent people at Sandy Hook was “mentally ill”

……if you can’t get mad – you’re either dead or incapable of paying attention

williamg on February 2, 2013 at 1:01 AM

This isn’t the first time the left has insinuated for political advantage that McCain might be mental

Well he is “mental”. The Libyan “rebels” are his heroes. He thinks Americans are too lazy to pick lettuce even at $50 an hour. He said Obama was patriotic. He attack Michele Bachmann for even suggesting there just might be something a little wrong with the Muslim Brotherhood. His “I know more about this than anyone else in the room!” And then his incessant, “My friends. My friends. My friends.” He is damn “mental”.

VorDaj on February 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Pale, old, chubby, gin blossoms…

That’s no TV personality.

That’s the president of NAMBLA.

StubbleSpark on February 2, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Any chance Matthews’ audience is also “too ethnic”?

Should we encourage minorities to watch?

StubbleSpark on February 2, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Chrissy joined the Peace Corp in 69 to avoid the draft so that gives him the cred to talk about flashbacks.He’s the poster child for the nuances of fragging.

docflash on February 2, 2013 at 6:41 AM

What did you do during the war daddy ? Oh wow, my daddy was in the Corps. What was that daddy ? Oh, the ‘Peace Corps’

Guess that answers a lot of questions.

BillyPenn on February 2, 2013 at 7:37 AM

I hope that, if Tingles is ever mugged and a group of US military are in position to save his lame carcass, they walk away and let it happen.

Liam on February 2, 2013 at 7:38 AM

MSLSD thinks Vietnam was a “Republican-led war”?

Reality-based community strikes again.

forest on February 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

So many tingles down the leg have now turned him into a conditioned response subject. He has happy-feelinged himself into believing whatever comes out of his mouth at any moment so long as it is in line with the apparatchiks.

A useful idiot.

A fellow traveler.

And always the ones to wonder just why it is that they are the first to go…

ajacksonian on February 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

It’s to damned bad nobody had a Vietnam flashback when these fools confirmed the Vietnam traitor Kerry.

savage24 on February 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I’m thinking the only connection Sissy Crissy has with the Vietnam era is a bad acid trip.

That’s about that only thing that would explain his increasingly bizarre behavior . . . either that or he’s desperately trying to remain relevant.

EdmundBurke247 on February 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM