If you haven’t seen this, you must! The good stuff starts around 4 minutes, but the whole thing is worth watching. I have mixed feelings about Chris Matthews in general, but Chris was on fire last night and is for now, my hero. He took on the Dean, Hamsher, Uygur and Marsh crowd and smacked them to the ground. It’s my favorite clip of the year. Here is a portion from Extreme Liberal’s Rush Transcript….
Howard Dean (HD): …Of the Obama voters who either stayed home or voted for Scott Brown, they overwhelmingly wanted to do more on health care, not less.
Chris Matthews (CM): So they were more progressive than the democrat?
HD: That’s correct!
CM: So on all the issues raised in the campaign, debt, taxes, arrogance of power in the Democratic Party in Mass….all those issues, where were the voters?
HD: The voters were upset. They were upset by Washington as usual, dealing with special interests, writing a bill that was great for the insurance industry, not doing much about the bankers.
CM: That’s your position!
HD: That’s not my position, that’s the voters of Massachusetts.
CM: You just said the voters of Massachusetts agree with you but they voted Republican, that makes no sense.
HD: It does make sense.
CM: If you were in the voting booth, would you have voted for Scott Brown? Would you have done this?
HD: Of course not!
CM: Well, well, oh but you rationally would not have voted for the conservative Republican because he’s against health care, but you say the voters are irrational, they somehow send smoke signals in their voting. They vote for the conservative Republican who’s totally against health care reform to tell the country they want a progressive health care program. THAT’S CRAZY!
HD: We know what they did.
CM: Are voters crazy?
HD: Chris, Chris
CM: Are voters crazy?
HD: There’s only one crazy person around here and I may hold up a mirror and you may see him in a minute here…
CM: You mean the voters vote right wing Republican to express progressive values?
Un-fucking-believable. That has to be one of the best take downs of a crooked spin job I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I love about Howard Dean but his tactics here are just plain stupid. His crooked spin to reinforce his crazy notion was ripped apart at the seams. Many kudos to Chris Matthews for standing up to this crap.