(A gallon-sized hat tip to Newsbusters)

Malachy McCourt, Green Party candidate for the NY governorship and brother of author Frank McCourt, appeared on yesterday’s edition of Hardball. When asked about his opinion on the death penalty, McCourt said he was only in favor of it if it would be used against President Bush.

Matthews made his opinion of McCourt quite clear: he was absolutely appalled that someone would even suggest using capital punishment on the President of the United States he told him “I like you already”.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Look, let me ask you this. Where are you on capital punishment?

MALACHY MCCOURT: Capital punishment? I think that if, if I’ve got to find that guy in Spain who indicted Pinochet and get him for war crimes, and I get him to do the same thing for Bush. And in that case, I would be for capital punishment. Otherwise, I am against it. Spitzer, who is the other guy running here, he is for capital punishment for those who kill policemen. Well, my son is a cop in New York, and if somebody killed my son, and it wouldn’t do me any good or give me any satisfaction to sit there in some death house in Sing Sing and watch them put some other person to death because they killed my son. That would not cheer me up one bit, Chris.

MATTHEWS: You just sound like a liberal Democrat, Malachy.

Tags: New York