Tweety: On His Knees, And With The Program
Chris Matthews is a fawning knee-padder for the right wing. Check out how grateful he was off-camera to Tom DeLay for throwing him the scoop on his resignation from Congress:
MATTHEWS: Hey thank you for calling me. It was a good thing for me, mostly.
DELAY: Oh really.
MATTHEWS: Oh of course it was. We got on the air as fast as we could....
MATTHEWS: Shannon [DeLay aid] told me, she called me, she said 'don't worry -- he's not calling in to complain'...
MATTHEWS: Have you seen this new focus group stuff on the candidates?
DELAY: No I haven't
MATTHEWS: It's great stuff. I'll send it to you -- it's great -- yeah it's great stuff. Hillary, John Kerry. All these guys, all these democrats, and how they do. And, uh, Frank Luntz did it...
DELAY: who I like
CM: ...and Hillary did not do well. Kerry did well.
DELAY: You're kidding.
MATTHEWS: I am NOT kidding. They didn't like Edwards -- they thought he was a rich lawyer, pretending to care about poor people...
DELAY: Too slick. Too slick.
MATTHEWS: ...and Hillary was a know-it-all.
DELAY: Nothing worse than a woman know-it-all
MATTHEWS: Thanks. I owe you one. I owe you two -- today and last night.
DELAY: No you don't.
MATTHEWS: No, I do.
DELAY: I appreciate it.
Note also that Matthews is getting GOP focus group information backchannel from Frank Luntz. Which means clearly that he is part of the machine. How repugnant is it to see a pundit and quasi-journalist tell a politician who is facing trial and possible jail time “I owe you one. I owe you two – today and last night”?
Hardball indeed. It does make you wonder what NSA files there are on Tweety.
Hat tip to Harry Shearer over at the HuffPost