“They Will Not Silence Me!”

The brash and blustering host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews had barely finished praising his colleagues at the 10th anniversary party for his show when he decided “to make some news.” After praising the framers of the Constitution for the First Amendment that allows him to make a living, he outlined what he thought was the fundamental difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations.

The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.

Well, of course not, Oh Great One! Why would they? You’re both far-left wing liberals.

“Not so this crowd,” he added, explaining that Bush White House officials – especially those from Vice-President Cheney’s office – called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content.

“They will not silence me!” Matthews declared. I only regret that I have but one life to give to my country…oops – never mind. That was Nathan Hale.

“They’ve finally been caught in their criminality,” Matthews continued. Consistent with the Democratic playbook, Matthews did not specify the exact criminal behavior nor did he cite any corroborating evidence.

Matthews’ mouth generally runs about 10 minutes before his brain catches up. This was evident when he followed up with, “Spiro Agnew was not an American hero.” Neither is Jimmy Carter, but what the hell does that have to do with George Bush?

Matthews will be co-moderating the Republican debate in Michigan this Tuesday. It would be hard to find someone any more prejudicial or immoderate than Chris Matthews, but I don’t see any Republicans refusing to debate as the Democrats did when Fox News managing editor, Britt Hume, was scheduled to moderate a Democratic debate.

I’m sure liberals and Democrats alike are praying that Matthews doesn’t embarrass the Democratic Party too much with his inability to ask coherent and cogent questions without turning beet-red and spluttering.  

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