Chris Matthews May Need a Mojito for the GOP Debate in Iowa

The Context

Following the news that Donald Trump dropped out of the GOP debate in Iowa --- that mean ol' Megyn Kelly asks tough questions --- Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball said this: "Who is going to watch a debate between two Cubans?"

Liberals Love Labels

Nice work, Chris Matthews. Archie Bunker would be proud. Why is it that conservatives are labeled racists and bigots, but liberals are the ones who put everyone into a category? Who sees people through the filter of color? Liberals do, that's who.

Déjà Vu

Remember when Chris Matthews forgot Barack Obama was black? That was so big of him, wasn't it? It was the 2010 State of the Union, and Matthews got so caught up in the president's speech he became color blind.

"'All of a sudden, I'm listening to him and I'm like, he's so smart. He's like white.' That is what he's saying," Glenn mimicked Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program. "'I forgot he's so much like me, he could be white. I almost said, he should join our country club. And then I realized he's black. And then I'm like, hey, dude, you can't come in. You can park my car, but you can't come in.'"

You're Only an Ethnic Group If It Fits the Liberal Agenda

On Saturday Glenn endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for President of the United States. He used very specific words because the liberal media won't use them --- they just don't fit the agenda.

"You know why everyone played my endorsement --- and I said it this way so they had to admit that he was Hispanic --- I said, 'That's why I'm endorsing Ted Cruz to be the first Hispanic-American president.' Because nobody says that."

Common Sense Bottom Line

Chris Matthews' statement was a true racist statement. Ted Cruz would be the first Hispanic-American president. But don't hold your breath for the media to report either.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Did you see that Chris Matthews said, "Who is going to watch a debate between two Cubans?"

STU: Wow.

GLENN: Is that -- I mean, is there any way to read other than as a real true racist statement.

PAT: Racist. I don't think so.

GLENN: That is a true racist statement.

STU: Yeah. Because he's a guy too, we've always questioned, "Why are you seeing this 4 percent tax cut as a racial issue?"

GLENN: Because he sees everything as a racist -- which usually means you're self-diagnosing.

STU: Everything. Yeah.

PAT: Did anybody else think of the remaining guys as two Cubans? First of all, there's a lot of white guys there.

GLENN: No, they never say that. Nobody ever refers to them --

PAT: Never.

GLENN: You know why everyone played my endorsement -- and I said it this way so they had to admit that he was Hispanic. I said, "That's why I'm endorsing Ted Cruz to be the first Hispanic-American president." Because nobody says that.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And I wanted to make sure that we just slipped that in there.

STU: Yeah, that's smart.

GLENN: Let's just slip that in there.

STU: I did see it in multiple news reports too. That's interesting.

GLENN: And they cut everything else off. Because I said three different things about after that. But I put "Hispanic president" first because just a little salt in the wound at the left just a little. Oh, we can play that game too all day long.

STU: It worked too. That's funny.

GLENN: Yeah, you know, it's truly amazing that none of them will talk about that, but the minute you actually have to -- now that Trump is out. That vacuum of Trump. Now you see them reveal their true colors. Who wants to listen to a couple of -- who wants to listen to a couple of Cubans?

PAT: That's crazy.

GLENN: That is crazy. Crazy racist. Crazy racist.

STU: Do you think there's anything to that other theory?

GLENN: What other theory?

STU: I guess where people have been talking about, the theory is that he had some incident in his past, which he potentially maybe like ran over a minority and is now spending the rest of his life playing penance HEP for this because he made a promise as he was driving away? If I can just get through this --

PAT: I'll make everything a racial issue.

STU: Everything. I don't know.

GLENN: What kind of --

JEFFY: Well, that theory was put forth on one of the shows on this network.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: The Pat & Stu Show?

(chuckling)

STU: The bottom line is I got a call in my office by someone who said that was true. I don't know. It's out there. He needs to answer it.

GLENN: Okay. I got it. I got it.

PAT: Well, we should have known when he said this.

CHRIS: You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.

STU: I mean, seriously.

PAT: So the rest of the time you think about that the whole time. This guy is black.

STU: He's black. He's still black. Black.

PAT: It's a black guy.

GLENN: But all of a sudden, I'm listening to him and I'm like, "He's so smart. He's like white."

STU: Right. That's kind of what he said.

GLENN: That is what he's saying. I forgot he's so much like me, he could be white. I almost -- I almost said, he should join our country club. And then I realized he's black. And then I'm like, hey, dude, you can't come in. You can park my car, but you can't come in.

STU: This is what it sounds like.

JEFFY: Yes, it does.

STU: I don't know if he just overthinks this stuff, but he's constantly putting every issue into those racial terms, so it is a little revealing yet again on that one.

Featured Image: Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's 'Hardball', attends the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.