Chris Matthews began his MSNBC Hardball program on Wednesday night singing the praises of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Capitol Hill testimony earlier in the day, saying that she showed “acuity, eloquence, humanity and charm,” and that she looked like she could run for president and win big.
He ended his opening monologue with this gem:
What a day it has been for the progressive side of American politics, what a week, it has been and it’s only Wednesday.
Matthews was speaking about Clinton’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to answer questions about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last year that left Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
While Matthews was busy heaping praise on Clinton, he had harsh words for Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin who had one of the most heated exchanges with her, calling him a “pissant.”
Matthews: Joan (Walsh), that was kind of a pissant performance by that guy from Wisconsin. I don’t know how these guys get over the wall into American politics. I think they won in a very low turnout election in Wisconsin. I think everybody should run now in national elections, forced to vote, go into elections where there’s a lot of voters, so you don’t get this weird, warped sense of people coming who supposedly represent the American electorate. That guy doesn’t represent anybody.
Walsh then agreed, saying that Johnson was “overmatched.”
I wonder which hearing they were watching, because it certainly wasn’t the one I saw, in which Johnson’s pointed question visibly unnerved Clinton, leading to her angry retort, “What difference does it make?” referring to whether Ambassador Stevens was killed “because of a protest” or “because guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans.”
The only “pissant” yesterday was Matthews who had to stoop to name calling and disparaging Wisconsin voters in an effort to discredit Johnson.