Posted on | October 28, 2010 | 8 Comments
“Chris Matthews, on Wednesday’s Hardball . . . claimed the restraining of a MoveOn.org activist by a Rand Paul supporter reminded him of what “we saw from hoodlums in the thirties in another country I will not mention” and added: “I mean it isn’t far from what we saw in the thirties, where all of a sudden, political parties started showing up in uniform.” Matthews . . . even went on to claim physical attacks against political opponents was something that existed exclusively on one ideological side as he asserted that it was “right wing by its very nature.” . . .
Matthews went on to accuse Republicans of having “hire[d] armies of paramilitaries [to] stomp people.”
This is the exact opposite of truth.
Nobody hired Tim Profitt. He was a volunteer for the Rand Paul campaign. It was Lauren Valle who was hired, and by whom? MoveOn.org, which is trying (falsely) to claim that the GOP enjoys an unfair electoral advantage from an “unprecedented flood of corporate cash.”
Let someone, anyone, examine the “corporate cash” that helped elect the president who sent a thrill up Chris Matthews’ leg: Goldman Sachs $994,795, Citigroup Inc $701,290, JPMorgan $695,132 — go down the list a bit and you come to General Electric, $499,130.
Oh, yeah: General Electric, which stands to profit handsomely from Obama’s energy policies and porked up on stimulus cash. I guess if GE is getting taxpayer-subsidzed profits, they can afford to lose money paying Chris Matthews to do a cable TV show with fewer viewers than Alyssa Milano has Twitter followers.
And don’t lecture us, Mr. Matthews, about people who “hire armies” in politics. Why don’t you ask some of Hillary Clinton’s supporters how Obama’s goon squads cheated in every caucus from Iowa to Texas?
Let’s see: Black Panthers wielding nightsticks at polling places, Kenneth Gladney beaten by union thugs, Bill Rice’s finger bitten off by MoveOn protesters . . . Hey, if you really want to argue that political violence is “right wing by its very nature,” Mr. Matthews, we could point to the riots in France and Greece. And what about the May Day riots in Santa Cruz, Calif.? But I guess if it’s OK to hang around with terrorists, all bets are off.
Chris Matthews once again goes to show why it’s wrong to accuse liberals of not having standards. They’ve got exactly two standards — one for them, and one for everybody else.