MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews didn’t mince any words last night during his commentary when he told viewers that the Republican Party nominating process is all about hate and ignoring experience.
MATTHEWS: Let me finish tonight with this: The utter confusion in the Republican presidential nominating process results from two discernible facts. One: they hate. That’s the simplest explanation of the disastrous course of this selection process. They hate so much they are not in the mood to fall in love with a candidate or even fall in behind someone. Their brains, racked as they are by hatred, they lack the like mode. They are in no mood looking around for a politician they like. The hating is so much more satisfying. Second factor: They aren’t respecting experience. Each candidate has his or her time in the limelight yet out there in the audition stage, one after another, has showed they don’t have the stuff.
Embarrassed by the exposure, they have slunk back into the shadows. And so, the Republicans have a problem. They are consumed by hate, so consumed they can’t think positively of whom they may want to lead them. They just can’t change the subject from opposition to government, and they can’t get over the fact that to govern this country requires some experience in government, some knowledge of how you lead a government.
I’m reminded often these days of how superior the competition was once for the American presidency. Say what you will about Richard Nixon when he and Jack Kennedy debated back in 1960, the American people were proud of what they were watching. They were proud of the choice they would have to make, were allowed to make. What the heck has happened to our country we’re now being asked to consider the presidential credentials of political walk-ons like Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann. The best question the next moderator could ask now looms. Are you people serious? Is the Republican party serious? Are we really going to get down for the entire season of the presidential selection of the two most memorable phrases being 9-9-9 and oops?
Political walk-ons? Every person running for the Republican nomination with the exception of Herman Cain has held elective office as a governor, senator or representative. The Republican field exudes experience of all types.
Just the night before, in an interview with humorist P.J. O’Rourke, Matthews cited the names of people that he said some in the Republican Party thought should have run. That list included Haley Barbour, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels, all current or former governors. Once again, they all have experience. Bush and Christie are more moderate and thus less hateful, in Matthews’ thinking.
Matthews made his attack on the GOP, accusing them of hate without backing up his claims with any facts, because if he had been forced to he wouldn’t have found any. That’s what happens when you have your own show on a liberal network, facts don’t matter.
This was just more liberal claptrap and fear mongering on the part of Matthews to try and scare the public into believing that the GOP is full of hate and that Obama is still full of hope, despite his abysmal record to date.
With the Republican nomination process far from over, we can expect more such attacks by Matthews and other liberals as they desperately try to give Obama a much needed advantage in 2012.