Irony lives: Chris Matthews says Hillary has been tough on the media
Pass me that bucket, wouldja Lambert?
I'm trying to get through this week's "Real Time with Bill Maher," but the interview with Chris Matthews made me start mainlining Maalox... and that was before Lord Kos showed up and convinced me that life is not worth living.
I can't find video of the Matthews interview on HBO's website, but I'm sure the segment will be prominently featured in the Museum of Shit, provided that they can build a large enough room for it.
While discussing Obama's seeming unease with regular Joes, Tweety said:
If you're a Democrat, and people don't think you're going to look out for the other guy, you're finished because you're not going to win on law and order and national security and all that stuff.
You walk into a diner, one of these things where the grumpy old men are hanging around because they don't want to be home with their wives....
Maher noted that Matthews has been criticized for being sexist. He responded...
Oh, thank you for that. Why don't you put that in the bloodstream again? Get that out there in the water. They got a little propaganda out there. Who's criticized me, Hillary? Who's done this? [Maher says that she has.] She's got a problem with a lot of us. [Maher asks what he means by us: "Media? Men?"] Well, not Media Matters, they're on her side. No, media people, I think. I think she's been tough on the media.
Matthews, in his infinite generosity, goes on to say her campaign has made her look worse than she actually is.
Maher asks, "But don't you think she has a point that gender has actually been a bigger factor in this campaign than race?"
No, actually there are more women Democrats than there are male Democrats. That should help her, shouldn't it?
Maher responds: "Hmm, OK. Why is she doing better with Catholics? You're a Catholic."
Faced with a fact that is favorable to Hillary, Matthews makes a clean break from the concept of linear thought (a big sacrifice for him, I know):
That's a great one, that is a great question. She's 65% percent in Pennsylvania right now against 26%, I'll bet she goes up to 70, 75. I think that's just another word for, you know, Catholics, small towns, middle class, I don't know, I can't quite explain it. I don't know the answer to that, Bill, I can't help you. [Maher muses about "stumping" Matthews, and then the Hardballer continues.] Let me find an issue that you agree with the Pope on here, you're both against the war in Iraq. Catholics are generally against the war in Iraq, and Hillary voted for it. Maybe that would be a logical reason, I'm not sure it is the real reason, but that would make sense.
Shorter Chris Matthews: Since I can't account for HRC's popularity with salt-of-the-earth types, I'll gratuitously and incongruously bring up her AUMF vote.
OK, now time to press "play" and see if I can make it through all of Markos's stint on the panel. I think I'm gonna need a bucket brigade.