Chris Matthews: Worrying about Obama’s executive power grabs is second-term Birtherism

posted at 4:01 pm on February 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Corner, this isn’t the first time he’s equated questioning the legitimacy of something Obama’s done with questioning the legitimacy of the man himself. After all the sturm and drang among liberals during the Bush years about executive overreach, you would think that he’d at least work up a more sophisticated defense of O’s excesses. There are surely lefty law profs out there willing to appear on “Hardball” who’d defend Obama’s decision to suspend ObamaCare’s employer mandate as sort of justified in the name of smoothly implementing the law. Not all of them, of course: Jonathan Turley, who used to be a regular on MSNBC, wouldn’t fit in anymore. But there’s always someone on your side somewhere who can dress up a “lay off our guy” argument in expertise and intellectualism. Instead we get the eight millionth reductionist “Republicans are racist” argument to dismiss the same basic constitutional questions MSNBC itself was posing six years ago.

How far would Obama have to go to get Tingles more worried about the executive precedents he’s setting than about tea partiers complaining about it? I feel like we’ve reached the point where, if O issued an order tomorrow seizing some industry a la Harry Truman, Matthews would react by frantically scanning Republican denunciations for “dog whistles.” What is left of this network?


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Nah, put a pen and a phone next to him, not an asterisk.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Remember how Matthews coveted a strong Bush executive?

Murphy9 on February 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Forget the asterisk, fool.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Couldn’t we call it Afterbirthism ?

Lucano on February 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

How about it, leftist thug Matthews?

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

There has got to be somebody with a butterfly net looking for this guy.

trigon on February 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Aren’t asterisks racist ?

Must not question The Reich… right Chrissy?

viking01 on February 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Chrissy, there is already an asterisk and it will never go away.

MikeinPRCA on February 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

* worst president ever

justltl on February 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Worse than Nixon and Carter, go figure!!!

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

What is left of this network?

Nothing. Everything is to the right of this network.

fogw on February 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

How far would Obama have to go to get Tingles more worried about the executive precedents he’s setting than about tea partiers complaining about it?

Tingles wouldn’t blink if Dear Liar announced he was dissolving Congress.

rbj on February 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I’ll remember that the next time a Republican president (Ok, you can stop laughing now) signs some EO’s that Chris Matthews whines is dictatorial.

Bitter Clinger on February 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I can feel Chris Matthews spittle from here.

cdog0613 on February 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Obama could issue an exective order calling for the extermination of all femmie blowhards and Matthews would still be crowing about O’s racist detractors while he was being frogmarched to the gas chamber.

Kataklysmic on February 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Those aren’t trains, they’re…mobile relocation vehicles, quit being so hyperbolic.

Bishop on February 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Chris Matthews: Worrying about Obama’s executive power grabs is second-term Birtherism

And worrying about your Sanity isn’t worth my time Chris.

ToddPA on February 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

AP, if you would stop watching Matthews, his ratings would fall to 0.0

Bitter Clinger on February 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Chris watched O’Reilly the other night, and remembered
Obama was Black, on account that Billy was being RACIST.

ToddPA on February 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

One could teach an entire course on fallacies just using the Chris Matthews Show as proofs….

This blowhard spent 8 years whinging about Dubya and calling him a fascist, yet is quick to support and justify the actions of a real liberal fascist.

Chris, fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.

Athos on February 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Wow, Chris sure is good at blowing those dog whistles to get those 8 viewers all riled up and frothy!

Who gives a $h!t what Tingles says? He and is entire circus of a network are completely irrelevant. Nothing but a bunch of wacko-leftist FruitLoops.

Meople on February 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM

“A mind is a terrible thing to lose. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.”

If ever these words applied to anyone, it is to Chris Matthews.

VorDaj on February 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

It’s not Hardball any more.

It’s T-Ball.

Curtiss on February 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

An entire network which prominently displays an administration tagline on the screen 24/7 is just fine with their power grabs, that is shocking.

But you know, Faux News is GOP-controlled because they once reported on a story about an elephant.

Bishop on February 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Don’t castigate the GOPe, Matthews. They’re willing to betray their constituents, the rule of law, and trample the constitution to rescue your Democrats.

Republicans to rescue Dems, betray the nation

Thomas Sowell likens illegal aliens to embezzlers or burglars ‘living in the shadows’

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, Calif. He is the author of 28 books, including “Dismantling America” and “Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy.”

Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically, as the problems of Obamacare continue to escalate and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate.

But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats, by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory.

The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican base and is unlikely to gain many votes among the Hispanics the Republican leadership is courting.

One of the enduring political mysteries is how the Republicans can be so successful in winning governorships and control of state legislatures, while failing to make much headway in Washington. Maybe there are just too many clever GOP consultants inside the Beltway.

When it comes to national elections, just what principles do the Republicans stand for? It is hard to think of any, other than their hoping to win elections by converting themselves into Democrats lite. But voters who want what the Democrats offer can vote for the real thing, rather than Johnny-come-lately imitations.

Listening to discussions of immigration laws and proposals to reform them is like listening to something out of “Alice in Wonderland.”

Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them. One of the big problems that those who are pushing “comprehensive immigration reform” want solved is how to help people who came here illegally and are now “living in the shadows” as a result.

Is liberty on life support for good? There is hope … read Manny Edwards’ book “The Truth About Liberty: How the Tea Party Can Save America”

What about embezzlers or burglars who are “living in the shadows” in fear that someone will discover their crimes? Why not “reform” the laws against embezzlement or burglary, so that such people can also come out of the shadows?

Almost everyone seems to think that we need to solve the problem of the children of illegal immigrants, because these children are here “through no fault of their own.” Do people who say that have any idea how many millions of children are living in dire poverty in India, Africa or other places “through no fault of their own,” and would be better off living in the United States?

Do all children have some inherent right to live in America if they have done nothing wrong? If not, then why should the children of illegal immigrants have such a right?

More fundamentally, why do the American people not have a right to the protection that immigration laws provide people in other countries around the world – including Mexico, where illegal immigrants from other countries get no such special treatment as Mexico and its American supporters are demanding for illegal immigrants in the United States?

The very phrase “comprehensive” immigration reform is part of the bad faith that has surrounded immigration issues for decades. What “comprehensive” reform means is that border control and amnesty should be voted on together in Congress.

Why? Because that would be politically convenient for members of Congress, who like to be on both sides of issues, so as to minimize the backlash from the voting public. But what “comprehensive” immigration reform has always meant in practice is amnesty up front and a promise to control the border later – promises that have never been kept.

The new Republican proposal is to have some border-control criteria whose fulfillment will automatically serve as a “trigger” to let the legalizing of illegal immigrants proceed. But why set up some automatic triggering device to signal that the borders are secure, when the Obama administration is virtually guaranteed to game the system, so that amnesty can proceed?

What in the world is wrong with Congress taking up border security first, as a separate issue, and later taking responsibility in a congressional vote on whether the border has become secure? Congress at least should come out of the shadows.

The Republican plan for granting legalization up front, while withholding citizenship, is too clever by half. It is like saying that you can slide halfway down a slippery slope.

Republicans may yet rescue the Democrats, while demoralizing their own supporters and utterly failing the country.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

It’s not Hardball any more.

It’s T-Ball Screw-Ball.

Curtiss on February 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

VorDaj on February 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Don’t worry, I’m sure the fact checkers will find a way to prove Chris right.

tbrickert on February 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

In a normal world, this drunk would have long since retired.

Freddy on February 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

One could teach an entire course on fallacies just using the Chris Matthews Show as proofs….

Athos on February 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM

One Obama SOTU would more than suffice as well.

Kataklysmic on February 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

In a normal world, this falling down drooling drunk would have long since retired expired.

Freddy on February 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

VorDaj on February 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Poor Chris, so out of touch reality that only MSNBC would hire him.

sadatoni on February 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Did someone just fart? Because I swear I just heard an asshole speak.

bbinfl on February 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Not even an asterisk, Crithy. Just a big. Fat. Blank.

clear quadruped

Elephant

MisterElephant on February 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 18h

55 years ago today: the day the music died. RIP Buddy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvJXCNwzBq4

davidk on February 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

WHY DO YOU WASTE TIME AND SPACE ON THIS SLIME BUCKET ?

Rook on February 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

WHY DO YOU WASTE TIME AND SPACE ON THIS SLIME BUCKET ?

Rook on February 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Agreed. More people know about Chrissy saying this because of right-wing blogs reporting it, that people actually hearing it from Chrissy himself.

grahsco on February 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Poor Comdare Tingley….hope’n for a Reichstag fire… so his little tin pot dictator can slam his jackboot on the face of Americans forever.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

God he’s stupid.

KMC1 on February 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Must be a really slow news day if we turn to this raving lunatic for content…

Valkyriepundit on February 4, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I look forward to the GOP having one of their Primary
Debates with the guy as a moderator…they did that in
2012, and one of his questions was
“What do you Hate most about America, and why”?

Honest to God, he asked that. Yes, teh GOP and RNC
Are that F*king Stupid.

ToddPA on February 4, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Did Chrissy have identity stolen and have to cancel his race card?

antipc on February 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Hadn’t seen a Tingles update here in awhile. Thought he’d finally become irrelevant even to the Libtards

P Opus on February 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

What is left of this network?

Great double entendre. “Left of this network” meaning both politically speaking and in the literal sense of there literally is nothing left of this network (check out their ratings for confirmation).

Conservative in NOVA on February 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Hey! It’s “Tingles” for god-sakes! You didn’t really expect anything intelligent to come out of his mouth, did you?

GarandFan on February 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Nov.5, 2008:
” I will do everything in my power to make this administration and this president a success.”
Chris Matthews

Rio Linda Refugee on February 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Matthews is a flaming ass with no redeeming values.

rplat on February 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I can feel Chris Matthews spittle from here.

cdog0613 on February 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I hope you’ve had your shots.

Moose Drool on February 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Shorter Matthews: “A black president can’t be held to the same high standards as a white president would be.”

Tell me again who the real bigot is?

CapnObvious on February 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Obamacare = 21st Century Nuremberg Laws

But it’s ok, B.O. is black, and everything.

JackM on February 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Can Tingles help me out? I can’t find my dog, and I need dog whistle.

JackM on February 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I give Allah and Ed and all the others alot of credit for having to watch MSNBC so they can then write a post about the latest hypocritcal, insane, stupid thing said on that network. Some of us don’t have the time or the heart health for that. You are true heroes. Thank you.

jjjdad on February 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Asterisks usually are used to emphasize a data outlier and in this case it will indicate:

*worst president in the History of the United States

Missilengr on February 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Democrats in the early 1970′s went just as nuts over President Nixon’s executive power-grabs, but nobody worried about where he was born.

Hey Tingles, there’s a big difference between questioning Obama’s right to be President (birtherism) and questioning what rights Obama has as President under the Constitution.

We’ll give you that Obama was born in Hawaii. But he was not born to be king of the USA. This country was born of the idea that no one is born to be king.

Steve Z on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

What is left of this network?

Lenin? Mao?

Oh, that’s not what you meant?

nukemhill on February 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

“They want to put an asterisk next to this guy.”

Howzabout an asterisk next to the 2012 election instead? Surely using the IRS to suppress your political rivals is good enough reason to believe the election was not fairly won.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

The Republican plan for granting legalization up front, while withholding citizenship, is too clever by half. It is like saying that you can slide halfway down a slippery slope.

Republicans may yet rescue the Democrats, while demoralizing their own supporters and utterly failing the country.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Great image. Gotta love Thomas Sowell.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Worrying about a foreign-born, gay, drug-addicted muslim’s executive power grabs is RACIST! (or something)
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I wonder how much they pay the guy who has to mop under Matthews’ desk after he has these obama orgasms.

Pork-Chop on February 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Go screw yourself Matthews

TX-96 on February 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM