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Matthews' Advice to Dems: Point Finger at Bush Like a Prosecutor at a Murderer
Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 09/13/2006 5:15:44 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

September 13, 2006 - 19:59

Chris Matthews is as frustrated as an able-bodied seaman after six months without shore leave. After 12 long years in the desert of the congressional minority, Matthews clearly senses this is the year for the Dems to snatch back the Speaker's gavel. His frustration is borne of the fear that the Dems will squander the opportunity out of timidity - an unwillingness to attack President Bush on the war in Iraq.

Things boiled over on this evening's Hardball. With guests Howard Fineman of Newsweek and Chuck Todd of the Hotline as witnesses to the meltdown, Matthews first played a hard-hitting Moveon.org ad accusing Republicans of misleading the nation into Iraq and trying to "exploit 9/11" to win elections. Matthews complained that while the Republicans are willing to use the same kind of tactics against the Democrats, Dems "are afraid to run an ad like that."

Really? The party whose surrogate, the NAACP, ran the infamous TV commercial accusing George Bush of being the equivalent of a racist murderer dragging a black man to death behind a truck wouldn't scruple to run an anti-war ad?

Things got very ugly a bit later, when Matthews said this:

"There's a great saying, the prosecutor says you've got to point to the guilty guy in front of the jury and say 'he committed the murder' because if the jury doesn't believe you believe the guy did it and have the guts to face them with it, they won't find him guilty. And I think the Democrats have got to point the finger and say they're right: he's the bad guy."

The image displayed here is of Matthews illustrating just how Democrats should point the accusatory finger at the president.

Remember this the next time your hear a Dem self-righteously decrying the Republicans' harsh tone, as they have at great length over Majority Leader Boehner's recent statement. Chris Matthews, former aide to Dem Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, and leading MSM light, has counseled them to treat the President of the United States like a murderer in the box.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: campaigntactics; chrismatthews; chucktodd; democrats; hardball; howardfineman; msnbc; murderer; presidentbush
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Because it's a good metaphor for frustration. Why drag the accusation of homosexuality into it? Do you know something we don't about this married man with three children?


21 posted on 09/13/2006 5:46:58 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Panzerlied

It would be better if you point it at the sky, I think, for PC purposes.


22 posted on 09/13/2006 5:48:12 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Chris Matthews................. leading MSM light

LOL................ a three and a half watt nightlight.

23 posted on 09/13/2006 5:49:07 PM PDT by beyond the sea ( A tree fell in woods, a conservative wasn't around, would it still kill the liberal chained to it?)
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To: beyond the sea

I know his audience is relatively puny, but I'd say his influence is disproportionately large in political circles.


24 posted on 09/13/2006 5:50:41 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yes, the objective journalist Chrissy Matthews, who I wouldn't watch if he were the last one on earth.


25 posted on 09/13/2006 5:51:20 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

GOP ought to run ads with all the quotes about Saddam from the democrats while CLINTON was president


26 posted on 09/13/2006 5:51:45 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I don't think pointing fingers at Bush like a proctologist will help them, people will just think "eeewww".


27 posted on 09/13/2006 5:51:46 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Off the suject,but sorry I don't know how to post.but I went on ABC.com and the way people our insulting our President and Sara Evans for being a republican on dancing with the stars is disgusting.


28 posted on 09/13/2006 5:52:15 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: Brad from Tennessee

lol


29 posted on 09/13/2006 5:52:46 PM PDT by beyond the sea ( A tree fell in woods, a conservative wasn't around, would it still kill the liberal chained to it?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

All the GOP needs is to play the John Kerry response to John Dean during the 2003 primaries concerning the war


30 posted on 09/13/2006 5:53:13 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: patriciamary

You're very welcome to post that here.


31 posted on 09/13/2006 5:54:00 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Spoken like a fox.


32 posted on 09/13/2006 5:54:12 PM PDT by ProudCopperhead
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I think you are right. His venom goes a long way with the left.

But I think he's a small-time bully and a coward.

I will never forget his gutless attack on Michelle Malkin about a year and a half ago.

33 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:05 PM PDT by beyond the sea ( A tree fell in woods, a conservative wasn't around, would it still kill the liberal chained to it?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I can't stand the way the media hires ex-Democratic politicos to to newscasters. It's bad enough the media is totally biased in favor of Democrats, without bringing in the real thing.


34 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:07 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

STOP WATCHING!!! Watch Glenn Beck instead!! Spittin Chrissy is UNWATCHABLE!!


35 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:11 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Fineman and Matthews are water carriers for the Democrats.


36 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:56 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Matthews complained that while the Republicans are willing to use the same kind of tactics against the Democrats, Dems "are afraid to run an ad like that."

Of course, they are, Chris. So afraid to run an ad like that that they'll insist their surrogates -- the NAACP, the ACLU, the Hollywood left and Soros' 527s -- run ads like that.

Meanwhile, like craven terrorists, they'll hide among the children, behind the skirt of non-accountability.

37 posted on 09/13/2006 5:56:56 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chris is so distraught, that he will probably take a mid-term defeat as a personal repudiation. He just can't believe that stupid voters can't see that this election is all about the Iraq war as he has trumpeted constantly.


38 posted on 09/13/2006 6:01:32 PM PDT by umgud
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To: popdonnelly

For my sins, I was watching Good Morning America the other day. Chris Cuomo threw things to George Stephanopoulos. Surreal.


39 posted on 09/13/2006 6:02:43 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Chris Matthews and the democrats want to cut and run, even from afghanistan. They are giving into conspiracy theories, and blaming 9/11 on America. They let Ralph Nader activists take over their party and they listen only to their pathological net-roots. They don't understand Reagan democrats and never will.
40 posted on 09/13/2006 6:03:57 PM PDT by FreeRep
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