Chris Matthews regularly humiliates himself weekday evenings on MSNBC, but today he made room in his busy busy schedule for some additional humiliation. He appeared on Morning Joe today and became so enraged and incoherent that even Mika and Tom Brokaw were disgusted by him.
The conflict started when RNC Chair Reince Priebus claimed that the Obama campaign had been more negative than the Romney campaign. Matthews vehemently disagreed, pointing to Romney's horrible "birth certificate" joke from a stump speech on Friday.
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The Blaze delivered the play-by-play of the awkward encounter:
“I think Obama’s policies,” Priebus said, “have created a sense that for whatever reason, he looks for guidance — as far as health care is concerned, as far as spending is concerned, as far as the stimulus packages are concerned — he’s looking to Europe for guidance. That’s the problem.”
“Where do you get this from? This is insane.” Matthews jumped in. “You mean the fact that every president we’ve had has tried to offset the economic cycle with stimulus going the other direction is somehow European?
Priebus responded, “Look at the spending, he said he’d get the debt under control. Where are we at?”
“What’s this got to do with Europe and this foreignization of [Obama]?” Matthews said, completely straight-faced. “You’re playing that card again. What’s this European thing of yours?”
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski jumped in. “Let’s work on tone,” she said.
Priebus indicated he was ready to let it go. “I’m not going to get into a shouting match with Chris,” he said.
Matthews responded, “Because you’re losing, that’s why.” Matthews continued, saying “everybody” in the GOP pushes the birther conspiracy that Obama wasn’t born in the United States and is thus ineligible to be president.
After hearing the audio, Stu and Pat were blown away by how poorly Matthews came across even though he was n the "home turf" of MSNBC.
"But think how bad this is for Chris Matthews," Stu said. "Not only is the guy from the RNC calling him an idiot. Joe Scarborough I believe there is calling him an idiot."
He added, "Mika, who's an obvious leftist is calling him an idiot and Tom Brokaw, the news guy, is also calling him an idiot."
"We've already established scientifically that Chris Matthews is the dumbest person to ever live. So I shouldn't be that shocked by this. But he's really getting called out on his own network," he said.
Stu also took issue with how Matthews was critiquing Priebus's argument that Obama looks to Europe for policy guidance. While Priebus claims that Obama is looking to European socialism as a blueprint for American policy, Matthews is trying to distort this argument as an effort to make Obama seem like a foreigner.
"The fact that he used giant government healthcare, extraordinary amounts of debt, high unemployment. All these things are associated with the European economy which makes it very valid. A cradle‑to‑grave welfare state, that is a European concept in general. I mean, it exists in other places as well, but European ‑‑ the European continent is really the one you'd think is the most like us that does it," Stu argued.