Even we know who Chris “tingle down my leg when I listen to Obama” Matthews is. Our regular readers know we don’t have a TV so we don’t watch him. We don’t look for him on Youtube either, since our politics are so opposed. Besides, the few clips I’ve seen of him have been angry rants…
Jewish Odysseus sent a link to a video of Mr. Matthews. It’s an amazing few minutes in which he talks cogently about the current phenomenon in the state primaries.
Mr. Matthews appears to have had an epiphany about this strange hydra-headed Tea Party phenomenon, as upstart candidates continue to make mincemeat of the “establishment” GOP candidates. JO had a great subject line, which I’ve now forgotten but it made me look at the video, which is at Breitbart.
Here is the money quote:
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“I have waited all my adult life for an election in which voters have the fire to reach up and burn those who have been running the show for decades, but I didn’t know it would come from the right and the center. 2010 could be the first year in modern times when being in office and part of Washington is the worst possible credential when facing voters.”
A liberal saying this out loud in front of God and everybody is strong evidence of a characterological humility I’d not have guessed Mr. Matthews to possess. Sometimes another’s humility can be a humbling experience in itself.
I don’t doubt that this man is still a liberal, believing in liberal solutions to the fear he describes witnessing. Nonetheless, he was willing to break ranks for a few moments. That’s how mind-rattling it is. Tomorrow will be business almost as usual, but that Delaware primary has stirred things at a visceral level in this country…at least for those paying attention.
The others? They’ll continue to obsess on the rich and famous, and that’s as it should be. Too many of these folks were shaken out of their dream world and made to vote in 2008. That has become part of the problem.
Captain’s Quarters responded with his own thoughts about the GOP’s cluelessness:
…The powers are scared and they can’t let go. They are confused, and slow to catch on. They are worried about issues of integrity for O’Donnell, and yet they wanted to put up a man in Delaware who was in favor of cap and trade and said that he wouldn’t overturn Obamacare — under the Republican name. The illogical and inconsistent nature of this position escapes them. That, because of this, Mr. Castle had issues of integrity, doesn’t occur to them.
It’s sad, really, because the moment is now. They are being left behind. Regardless of what happens this November, the GOP establishment is a clear loser. Nothing can save their reputations. We will take the House, and don’t need the Senate — at least, not right now. We need to stop Obama for the next two years, and then prepare for two more years from now. The fight is just beginning, and the GOP establishment is having cocktails with itself…
Unfortunately, that is not all the GOP is doing with itself. And it is still refusing to listen.