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A Special Kind of Stupid: Only ‘Culturally Backward’ People Find Weiner’s Conduct Objectionable, Chris Matthews Says

Posted on | June 10, 2011 | 17 Comments

The Stupidest Man in TV News™ — the Ted Baxter of MSNBC — has perhaps outdone himself with his latest astonishing foray into the frontier of brain-addled commentary:

This is, to me, the stakes here. If [Anthony Weiner] stays, [Democrats] never get the leadership back. They never get the Speakership back because the people in the rural areas of this country who are Christian conservative culturally – you can say backward if you want – but they don’t like this kind of stuff at all. They’re not part of that 56 percent in Brooklyn and Queens who say, “okay, we can live with this guy.” Your thoughts, Ben? Isn’t that the cutting edge of this?

What did Ben Smith of Politico say in reply? I don’t know. But I hope when he left the studio, Ben sent an e-mail to an MSNBC producer asking, “Exactly why do you continue permitting this babbling fool to host his own TV show?”

Given the evidence suggesting that Weiner was cybersexing teenage girls, is it really true that 56 percent of Weiner’s constituents “can live with this guy”? Or is it rather the case, as I suspect, that many of them are not fully informed about what Weiner was up to online?

The weird thing here is, Chris Matthews is one of the few people at MSNBC who even acknowledges WeinerGate as a legitimate and politically significant story. Ace of Spades observes:

Most of MSNBC’s hosts . . . are on a campaign of minimziation.
See, especially, Rachel Maddow, who insists there’s nothing to see here and it’s all a laugh.

But how the hell is it, I ask, that the people who know the most about what Weiner has actually done — including Andrew Breitbart — are those who find it most objectionable? And why would Chris Matthews suggest that the “culturally backward” people in “rural areas” might be offended?

Is Breitbart a dimwitted backwoods clodhopper? Are 56% of voters in Queens and Brookly really more sophisticated than Breitbart?

Permit me to suggest that anyone attempting to “minimize” WeinerGate consider how the story has unfolded to date, and ask themselves: What new surprising revelations await?

(Hat-tip: Memeorandum.)



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