January 12, 2008 6:22 AM

Better to be thought a DUMB@$$ than to be Chris Matthews and remove any lingering doubt

Chris Matthews says the only reason Hillary became a Senator is because Bill “messed around”

Matthews: Hillary’s succeeding because Bill ‚Äö√Ñ√≤messed around.’

“I hate her. I hate her. All that she stands for.”

Well, I don’t know if they read the NY Post. I think the Hillary appeal has always been somewhat about her mix of toughness and sympathy for her. Let’s not forget, and I’ll be brutal, the reason she’s a US Senator, the reason she’s a candidate for President, the reason she may be a front runner, is that her husband messed around. That’s how she got to be a Senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win it on her merit, she won because everybody felt, “My God, this woman stood up under humiliation, right? That’s what happened! That’s how it happened.

In an election season made unique by the rise of sexism and other assorted lunacy, perhaps the single most ignorant utterance I’ve heard is from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. I can understand not liking or supporting Hillary Clinton, but Matthews is absolutely obsessed with the sex life of the Clintons. He’s free to discuss his opinions, of course, but for some reason MSNBC is still paying him handsomely and providing him with a forum from which to spew his verbal vomit.

I suppose I might as well get used to this sort of thing. If Hillary Clinton does end up being the Democratic nominee, misogyny and sexism will likely become the rule rather than the exception. We’ll undoubtedly be treated to more senseless bloviating from Right-wing talking heads designed to paint Sen. Clinton as a weak, overly emotional, flighty female. Placed in stark contrast to her will be the Republican nominee, who will be feted as a strong, resolute, and decisive leader. Sen. Clinton will become Lucille Ball to the Republican candidate’s Harrison Ford.

It would be nice if this election could be about the issues, but I think we all know what’s really going to happen. The GOP candidate will pretend to talk about issues, while his surrogates (those “527” groups with no “official” connection to the campaign) will do the necessary dirty work of smearing Sen. Clinton or whoever the Democratic nominee turns out to be. When you have nothing to sell, your best best is to have your supporters do whatever they have to in order to destroy your opponent…and it doesn’t hurt when you have people like Chris Matthews willing to do the dirty work unbidden.

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