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chris matthews obamacare small issue

On Thursday night’s Hardball on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews accused Republicans of taking “small issues” like Benghazi and the failed rollout of Obamacare, and turning them into the “biggest issues in the world,” creating a distraction for the administration:

Howard, it seems to me that for years the major media in this case, accused of being liberal, tilting left. And yet every time the Republicans, in the last 7 or 8 years, I don’t know how many years back, have been able to create a distraction. Take a small issue and make it into the biggest issue in the world, have succeeded. Whether it’s talking about Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, or not and excluding Hillary’s four years as Secretary of State and her Senate tenure before that, finding one thing and going into it, making it into the biggest thing in the world. Here you have the issue of the people who are insuring themselves and don’t get insurance from corporate or employment situations like so many overwhelming majority of people do. They’ve been able to take that and make that the foremost issue. How do they do it? And is the President aware now that he’s facing, they’ll be able to distract him?

Benghazi and the Obamacare problems are small issues?

While the administration has done its best to cover up what really happened in Benghazi last year, the deaths of our ambassador and three other Americans hardly qualifies as a small issue.

And if the Obamacare rollout problems are such a small issue, then why did the President hold a press conference on Thursday and not only accept blame for the failure of the website, but try and fix one of the major problems by allowing people to keep their insurance plans?

It’s because they aren’t small issues, as Matthews describes them, but are very big problems that threaten to cripple the last three years of Obama’s term, and derail any hope that the Democrats may have had to win back some seats in Congress next year.

But for Matthews, Obama can do no wrong. That’s why Matthews is going all out to shift the blame and try to salvage what is left of Obama’s tattered reputation.

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