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McClellan Book Reminds Matthews of 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/29/2008 3:44:55 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

"I'm not fit to be a Senator. I'm not fit to live. Expel me! Expel me! Not him. Every word that boy said is the truth! Every word about Taylor and me and graft and the rotten political corruption of our state. Every word of it is true. I'm not fit for office! I'm not fit for any place of honor or trust. Expel me!"—Claude Rains as the corrupt Sen. Joseph Paine in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

Chris Matthews has broken out a Jimmy Stewart/Mr. Smith Goes to Washington analogy to praise Scott McClellan's book and assess its impact. Here's how the Hardball host put it on this afternoon's show:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: When you read the book, it reads like Claude Rains in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. You know: "everything the guy says is true." I mean, he [McClellan] is admitting that the other guy, the good guy's, right—I mean, if that's your perspective.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bookreview; chrismatthews; clauderains; jimmystewart; msnbc; scottmcclellan

1 posted on 05/29/2008 3:44:56 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 05/29/2008 3:45:38 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

More like “Mr. Smith Goes to the Bathroom and Uses Scott McClellan’s Book for Toilet Paper.”


3 posted on 05/29/2008 3:47:22 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (McCain calls it "radical islamic terrorism," the dems don't refer to it at all)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Right. They’re both liberal wish fulfillment fictions.


4 posted on 05/29/2008 3:48:30 PM PDT by Argus (Obama: All turban and no goats.)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

By funny coincidence, seriously, Matthews also mentioned that Larry Craig is coming out . . . with a book, that is ;-)


5 posted on 05/29/2008 3:48:41 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Does Matthews claim to be unbiased? I mean, I know his history, and I know where he stands. But -- does he claim to be neutral?
6 posted on 05/29/2008 3:49:32 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

No matter how you slice it, Matthews is a typical MSM liberal ass-clown. I have absolutely no respect for his blind liberalism and support of the radical, criminal left.


7 posted on 05/29/2008 3:49:47 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What’s it called “I’m Not Gay, Nor Have I Ever Been Gay,” an autobiography by Larry Craig, who is for sure not gay?


8 posted on 05/29/2008 3:49:54 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (McCain calls it "radical islamic terrorism," the dems don't refer to it at all)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The Administration must come out immediately and refute every single one of Scottie’s lies.


9 posted on 05/29/2008 3:50:10 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

Are you talking about un-gay Larry Craig, the Senator from Idaho who is definitely not gay nor has ever been gay? ;-)


10 posted on 05/29/2008 3:58:15 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I can’t think of anyone McClellan LESS resembles than Mr. Smith.


11 posted on 05/29/2008 3:58:16 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I am referring to Senator Larry “I’m so not gay the G at the end of my name stands for not Gay” Craig.


12 posted on 05/29/2008 4:04:44 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (McCain calls it "radical islamic terrorism," the dems don't refer to it at all)
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To: SE Mom

It reminds me of Mr. Bean Goes to Washington.


13 posted on 05/29/2008 4:06:06 PM PDT by Carling (It's Danny, Sir)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wrong story, Chrissy Matthews — what we have here with Scott McClellan is more like “The Shining” where a guy goes crazy and is willing to kill anyone in sight.......

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_(film)


14 posted on 05/29/2008 4:10:08 PM PDT by Enchante (Barack Chamberlain: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

LOL!


15 posted on 05/29/2008 4:13:47 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: Carling

Reminds me of Porky Pig goes to Washington...


16 posted on 05/29/2008 4:13:50 PM PDT by Redbob (WWJBD - "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

All Frank Capra’s (the director of ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’) movies presented the leftist/socialist point of view. In his movies, businessmen were bad and it was only the lowly common man who was moral and good. In addition to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, some of Capra’s more notable movies include:

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Lost Horizon
You Can’t Take it With You
Meet John Doe

Probably his most familiar movie is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ where common-man Jimmy Stewart overcomes the bad big businessman banker Lionel Barrymore.

During WWII he made movies against the Nazis and Japanese in support of the war effort. I do not know of any films he made criticizing Soviet Russia or socialism generally.


17 posted on 05/29/2008 4:20:22 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Do you think that anybody will will ever offer Scott McClellan a job after this brouhaha blows over?

Will Scott be able to have President Bush as a Reference?

Does anybody remember what happen to that Lady whatever her name is that was used by the Democrats to protest the war?
I believe her son was killed in the war


18 posted on 05/29/2008 4:20:30 PM PDT by ethics
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The VERY INSTANT I saw McClellan the first time in his role as “spokesperson” for the Bush Administration — I wondered where they had found the obvious lightweight who was WAY over his head.

It took far too long to replace him..
In private industry, he would have been removed after the first senior management review of his performance..
Usually within 30/60 days of assignment into a new position.
It took the Bush “Administration” almost 3 years to remove the clown.

Another Bush staff member who didn’t serve him well...


19 posted on 05/29/2008 4:20:46 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Carling

Hah! Except Mr. Bean had the advantage of being hilarious...whereas Mr. McClellan is only pitiful.


20 posted on 05/29/2008 4:24:26 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: river rat

Bush is too loyal. McClellan was an old friend from Texas and that’s why he had the job and why Bush kept him on even when it was clear he couldn’t handle it.

Bush has not been served well by his employees. Nearly all of his former staff have written books critical of his governing style and how he handled the the War on Terrorism and the Iraq war.

It is kind of tragic that Bush is so loyal to his followers and is met with nothing but criticism and treachery in return.


21 posted on 05/29/2008 4:25:37 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: FFranco

***It is kind of tragic that Bush is so loyal to his followers and is met with nothing but criticism and treachery in return.***

I tried to make the same point on an earlier thread and was confronted with the departures of Rummy, Ashcroft & Colin Powell.

Pres.Bush had the misfortune of hiring megalomaniacs who were intellectually superior to him or useless morons who thought they were.


22 posted on 05/29/2008 4:36:56 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: FFranco
Probably his most familiar movie is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ where common-man Jimmy Stewart overcomes the bad big businessman banker Lionel Barrymore.

Excuse me, but that's a subplot. It's a Wonderful life is about how important it is to do the right things in life, although at times that's the last thing you want to do. It's about loyalty and it's about friendship. It has very, very little to do with BIG BUSINESS. That's just a device. Sorry that's how you see it. IAWL is my favorite movie of all time. It's a very spiritual movie.

23 posted on 05/29/2008 4:44:13 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Little Chrissy just gets more and more deranged as time goes on.
24 posted on 05/29/2008 4:53:49 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: FFranco

It may be time to conclude, that Bush’s heart may be in the right place - but that he may have been as dumb as some folks said he was..

Fortunately - he had the right instincts to go after militant Islamists with our military.
Unfortunately he didn’t go for the jugular....
He seemed satisfied to simply kick them in the shins.....

At the very least, he should have kicked them somewhat higher, in their goat abusing genitals.


25 posted on 05/29/2008 4:54:01 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
NBC News routinely introduces him as their “political analyst”.

In other words, they lie.

26 posted on 05/29/2008 4:57:21 PM PDT by roses of sharon ( (Who will be McCain's maverick?))
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To: Hildy

My point was that nearly all Capra’s movies have a bias in favor of socialism. Lionel Barrymore is the evil big businessman banker (private enterprise), while Jimmy Stewart heads the socialistic cooperative savings and loan.

The story revolves around Barrymore’s evil deed in stealing the deposit. That is what precipitates Stewart’s suicide attempt. When he sees what the town would be like without him, the town is named Potterville (after Barrymore’s character) and full of sleaze, prostitution, etc.

I am not saying it’s not a good movie or that it is wrong to enjoy it. What I am saying is that you should not miss the socialistic propaganda contained in the film, as it is in most of Frank Capra’s films.


27 posted on 05/29/2008 5:05:27 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: FFranco

Its called having everyone sign a confidentiality clause until he left office . Other Presidents have done it. Harriet Miers strikes again.


28 posted on 05/29/2008 5:35:49 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

i got a kick out of scott’s complaint that bush used “propaganda”!

what’s scott think that stuff he watches on the tv is?


29 posted on 05/29/2008 5:35:53 PM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: ncalburt

Maybe we need an Official Secrets Act like they have in Britain.


30 posted on 05/29/2008 7:31:05 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

How does this stack up against Matthews’s and the MSM’s take on Gary Aldrich’s book? Trashed and done with in basically one day.


31 posted on 05/29/2008 7:45:21 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Did McClellan give Chrissie a thrilling tingle in his other leg?

I swear, Miz Scarlett, this Chrissie better be checked out for Restless Leg Syndrome right soon!

Leni

32 posted on 05/29/2008 8:13:56 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Foot Soldier in FR's Light Verse Brigade)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

As I said on another thread, the film that comes to mind when I look at
45 percent body fat McClellan is the scene in Stand by Me were Fat Ass gets his revenge.

He is a Total Barf a Rama http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4DZDNI-f3s


33 posted on 05/29/2008 8:17:40 PM PDT by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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To: Hildy
You say that "Its a Wonderful Life" had “little to do with BIG BUSINESS.”

It is true that the main theme is a positive and poignant one — that our lives have transcendent meaning.

But, the message of the subplot that the little guy must battle against evil big business which is trying to wreck out lives is the one that slips into the subconscious of the audience unexamined.

I think that unstated messages that are not obvious but highly emotive often have the most persuasive power. The communist did this in their propaganda films all of the time.

So, it was a great movie, but we have to over look the Marxist subliminal-isms.

34 posted on 05/29/2008 8:28:59 PM PDT by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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To: garjog

SIGH.....


35 posted on 05/29/2008 9:32:08 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: garjog

SIGH.....


36 posted on 05/29/2008 9:32:11 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: river rat

Scott McClellan worked in Texas as a chief of staff for a state Senator. Now, that might not sound like much of a job, but the Senator, Senator Haywood, had Parkinson’s and needed LOTS of help. Scott and the rest of the staff did most of the work, including writing bills, running the district office and attending meetings and functions, including tea at the govenor’s mansion with Bush. The senator died and I think that Scott just worked for the Bush campaign after that, maybe he worked for Bush while he was govenor. They go back aways, though. People that knew him thought that he was a nice guy, a little nerdy, but nice. They thought that he loved what he did but were surprised when Bush made him the press secretary. He definitely was beyond his Peter Principle.


37 posted on 05/29/2008 9:54:10 PM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Eva

“Nice guys” have their place....
They do NOT belong as spokeperson for the President in time of war.
Serious men or women are required when the task requires a serious QUALIFIED, PROVEN and DEVOTED individual...

You reward “nice guys” with nice guy jobs - like valet, bag carrier, appointment secretary, food taster, etc, etc.....

Bush displayed his contempt for his responsibilities by pushing forward SEVERAL morons he appointed or attempted to have appointed.
These missteps by Bush and his staff have hurt him the party and the country...

I’m close to concluding that President Bush may be as stupid as some claim him to be....


38 posted on 05/29/2008 10:06:30 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: river rat

You have made several good points.

May I just add the possibility that Pres.Bush judged others by his own sense of honor, his military peers and those of his father. If he ever wised up to the numbskulls that flocked to his Governorship & Presidency and failed to act -then that is not the kick-*ss quality we need in a POTUS.

I think McCain has it....now that’s a kick-*sser!


39 posted on 05/30/2008 12:22:31 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: sodpoodle
"I think McCain has it....now that’s a kick-*sser!"

The problem with McCain -- he has a propensity to champion the wrong causes and kicking the wrong ass...

Can you name a SINGLE Leftist ass he has kicked?
Having problems with that task?

So did I...
But I remember DISTINCTLY his championing of that phony traitor John Kerry and McCain ATTACKED the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- for simply TELLING THE TRUTH...

McCain also attacked my 1st Amendment rights..
McCain also attacked the value of my citizenship, by pushing HARD for total amnesty for illegal aliens and an open border..

McCain may have some values - but picking friends, picking issues and kicking the proper ass is NOT among them.

I suspect his ancestral DNA coding within his being -- accounts more for his "promise" to pursue the war against militant Islamists has more to do with his position that any heartfelt commitment.

40 posted on 05/30/2008 12:43:56 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

41 posted on 05/30/2008 3:22:28 PM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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