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No November Surprise: Matthews Says Saddam Verdict Helps Dems
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 11/05/2006 6:33:47 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Here's an antidote from an unlikely corner for all the Dem outrage at the 'November surprise' of the Saddam verdict. On this morning's 'Today,' none other than Chris Matthews just pronounced his considered opinion that the verdict actually helps . . . the Democrats.

According to Matthews, given the unpopularity of the war, anything that draws attention to Iraq hurts Republicans. Apparently that even extends to a good-news story such as the Saddam verdict. Opined Matthews to host Lester Holt:

"One general rule would be anything that brings attention to Iraq is bad for the Republicans. I think Iraq's become a four-letter word for the voter. And this trial and condemnation of Saddam Hussein is probably going to remind us of Iraq again. It's probably going to help the Democrats to some extent."

More predicatable was the analysis over at CNN, where a skeptical Susan Roesgen asked Suzanne Malveaux:

"What about critics, especially in Iraq, even Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer, who say the verdict was timed to come out just before the election to help the GOP?"

Well, if Saddam's lawyer said it, that should surely be good enough for CNN!

Roesgen continued her effort to rain on the Saddam-verdict parade in a subsequent interview of international criminal law expert Prof. Michael Scharf of Case Western law school. Asked the cynical CNN host:

"Does this turn [Saddam] into a martyr for the Iraqi people more than a monster?"

Oh yeah - huge martyr to all those Shias and Kurds whose relatives he slaughtered.

And later: "In some ways this trial has been a sideshow compared to the ongoing bloodshed in the streets of Iraq. Does this verdict really matter?"

Translation: let's get off this positive development and back to the IEDs!

To his credit, Prof. Scharf, who has written a book about the trial, gave a balanced view of events, noting the trial has served as a model of due process in contrast with the courts under Saddam. If Iraq can stay together as a country, the trial will be seen as a key point in bringing back the rule of law, opined the professor.

Let's hope the good professor himself will be be brought back by CNN despite his refusal to take direction from Roesgen's gloom-'n-doom script.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chrismatthews; cnn; iraq; saddam; wot
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To: RegulatorCountry
That was on DU the morning after the "joke"--they were oozing over Kerry, he was their hero, and when the photo came out they were thinking this had sealed the deal for election day.

Then of course their moms came home from work and explained it to them...

51 posted on 11/05/2006 7:14:27 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Republican, atheist, pro-life)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chrissy needs to be labelled what he really is: Lobbyist.


52 posted on 11/05/2006 7:14:56 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Darkwolf377

"Then of course their moms came home from work and explained it to them..."

Duuude, buzzkill. LOL.


53 posted on 11/05/2006 7:21:14 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Life's a bitch when reality forces you to be delusional because reality challenges your moonbat views, which you cling to because you're, well, a moonbat.


54 posted on 11/05/2006 7:22:39 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
According to Matthews, given the unpopularity of the war, anything that draws attention to Iraq hurts Republicans.

Anything is bad news, even good news is bad news, but bad news is still better than good news, and any news is bad news , but bad news is any news that could be good or bad news.

These people are so obsessed with Bush they can't think straight. Matthews is a very, very confused person.

55 posted on 11/05/2006 7:23:25 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Darkwolf377
"Then of course their moms came home from work and explained it to them..."

LOL! Lot's of truth to that.

56 posted on 11/05/2006 7:25:40 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Toespi

Their hate is what drives them.


57 posted on 11/05/2006 7:27:43 AM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Jeff Head

The only way it could be better is if they drug him from the court room and hung him right away.

The judge has more patience than I do. I would have packed a .45 under my robe and capped him as soon as the verdict was read.


58 posted on 11/05/2006 7:29:58 AM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
He's grabbing at the proverbial straw. HA HA HA...
59 posted on 11/05/2006 7:30:27 AM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"What about critics, especially in Iraq, even Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer, who say the verdict was timed to come out just before the election to help the GOP?"

Chief lawyer...let me guess: Ramsey Clarke? Chrissy didn't want to drop the name?

60 posted on 11/05/2006 7:31:04 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: Darkwolf377

LOL!


61 posted on 11/05/2006 7:33:06 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Jeff Head

Good post.


62 posted on 11/05/2006 7:33:44 AM PST by Starboard
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

You should do a write-up on Matthew's pontifications about the TN senate race. He was ranting today about how Harold Ford will lose because of racism ... and what a disgrace it is that we have had so few black senators (the implication being that this is due to racism).

Apparently it's lost on him that it could be the voters considered opinion that compared to Bob Corker, Harold Ford is an immature dufus who has never had a real job. Naturally he also included a tirade about the suppopsedly racist RNC ad with the blonde bimbo. (If you don't see how racist it is, you just don't have a clue. That's me, clueless.)

The best part was when it dawned on him that a black man is about to be elected governor of Massachusetts. His explanation: blacks can win where they are not too large a percentage of the population, because it's not too threatening to have them in power in that circumstance. (I am not making this up).

Completely lost on this boob is how close Michael Steele is to victory in Maryland. Percentage-wise, Maryland has *twice* the black population of Tennessee. Moreover, Steele is running better among whites than blacks, in fact he is getting more of the white vote than Cardin.

This is typical liberal behavior: replacing facts with a woolly-headed analysis in order to appear virtuous. But there's nothing virtuous about it.


63 posted on 11/05/2006 7:41:24 AM PST by freespirited (Annoy The Washington Post ! Vote Republican on November 7th.)
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To: Delta 21

ditto


64 posted on 11/05/2006 7:42:46 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s...you weren't really there.)
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To: Toespi
Do ya think these guys really hate this much, or do you think it is more of an experiment to see how much power they have to influence an election?

I read somewhere that one of the Ceasars while traveling through a small village of mud huts said to one of his officers that he would rather be number one in this small village, than to be number two in all of Rome.

I used to think it was the hate, but I have come to believe that the media's lust for power is so overwhelming that they would actually reduce the country to mud huts in order to regain their lost power.

65 posted on 11/05/2006 7:45:55 AM PST by oldbrowser (ACLU, communism is the ultimate goal.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
What about critics who say the verdict was timed to come out just before the election to help the GOP?

Wait until these critics see the Monday morning headlines ... "Osama Bin Laden found hiding in a spider hole with photographs of the burning Twin Towers." Hehehehehe. Hope they're all wearing their 'Depends'.

66 posted on 11/05/2006 7:53:10 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Does this verdict really matter?"

He said this? He really said this!?! Then this liberal idiot wouldn't know real news if it jumped up and bit him in the *ss. Chrissy, the real question is: do YOU really matter? I think we all know the answer to that one.

67 posted on 11/05/2006 7:58:00 AM PST by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Helps the Dems?????

Let's be serious here people. Everyone knows that this is a boost for the Pubs. Small or big, it's a boost for the Pubs.

Bush is the guy that's ultimately responsible for this guy even being in a court. Then, the Pub congress is responsible for supporting The President with the funds to do the fighting, and lastly, but not least, our Republican backed, uneducated, military is responsible for dragging this guy to jail.

This is a win win win for the Pubs.

Matthews is a hack. I can't even take the guy seriously anymore.

68 posted on 11/05/2006 7:58:16 AM PST by Bassfan (No cheese please)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

LOL. Even Dan Rather was on Fox this morning saying it would help the Republicans. He also added that the economy also worked in our favor. This, coming from Rather, Saddam's buddy.


69 posted on 11/05/2006 7:59:16 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

News flash! The entire male contingent of Congressional democrats are under investigation for child slavery and child porn operations. Chris Mathews reports that this should help democrat candidates as these people are certainly victims of child abuse which will create a wave of symphathy votes from women across America.


70 posted on 11/05/2006 8:00:53 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Matthews has never recovered from his hero-worship of John Kennedy. That's the extent of his depth. Kennedy was a dolt, but, as the Democrats surge faster and faster into to suicidal psychosis of Leftist decadence, he looks better and better by comparison.


71 posted on 11/05/2006 8:07:30 AM PST by Savage Beast ("We can either fight the Democrats at the polls or...fight terrorists in our streets." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Chris Mathews, is a numb skull if anything it will take away from the democrats and the republicans will hold the seats..This will make conservatives go to the polls in numbers..
72 posted on 11/05/2006 8:08:09 AM PST by Beth528
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To: flynmudd

"I know that it is wrong to hate somebody, God forgive me, but I despise this creature."

Please don't feel as if you are alone.


73 posted on 11/05/2006 8:11:59 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Jeff Head

Yep, Matthews is just parroting the Dims' talking points. I've heard the same POG from other Dims this morning.

(POG = Pile Of Garbage)


74 posted on 11/05/2006 8:12:14 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Starboard

""Then of course their moms came home from work and explained it to them..."

"

A couple of months ago a freerer commented on some of the chatter on Daily Kos, DU and moveon.org about moving to
Canada if the democrats lost this election. The freeper observed that most of them would have to be driven to the border and dropped off by their mothers.


75 posted on 11/05/2006 8:21:28 AM PST by billhilly
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To: freespirited

"This is typical liberal behavior: replacing facts with a woolly-headed analysis in order to appear virtuous.."

Democratic virtue is as rare as fellatio in the oval office during a republican administration.


76 posted on 11/05/2006 8:26:21 AM PST by billhilly
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Spitboy is stuck in 1965 when there was a Filter on the News and he could tell us What this means. So Screwball, if the Dems were in charge would Saddamn by convicted or still President??

Pray for W and The Election


77 posted on 11/05/2006 8:26:37 AM PST by bray (Voting for the Rats is a Death Wish)
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To: Savage Beast
Kennedy was a dolt

Dims NEVER cite JFK's most famous admonition: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

78 posted on 11/05/2006 8:30:16 AM PST by Starboard
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Spin-o-rama, Chrissy boy.


79 posted on 11/05/2006 8:34:18 AM PST by roaddog727 (BullS##t does not get bridges built)
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To: conservativepoet

Weird thing is I went to visit some friends in the Amish community this weekend. There were loads of signs for Republicans Swann and Matthews,(the brother of Chris)


80 posted on 11/05/2006 8:37:39 AM PST by mware
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To: Starboard
Yes, the Democrats prefer the vague insinuation that "Camelot" was some kind of historical high point to the clear focus on what Kennedy actually said and did, because of the not unfounded fear that, if they were alive today, Jack and Jackie-O would dash--not amble--to the sanity of the Republican Party.

One thing you gotta admit about Jackie: She was smart.

81 posted on 11/05/2006 8:42:19 AM PST by Savage Beast ("We can either fight the Democrats at the polls or...fight terrorists in our streets." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Saddam verdict helps Republicans!


82 posted on 11/05/2006 8:46:50 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey Chris. Wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one fills up the quickest. Where does he come up with this sh*t?


83 posted on 11/05/2006 8:49:02 AM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: LibSnubber

It was the CNN host Susan Roesgen who asked that 'brilliant' question.


84 posted on 11/05/2006 8:58:42 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: bert

You're laughing, perhaps, but I've been doing phone calls for the GOP and I actually had a conversation like this with a woman who hates Bush and will vote for Democrats to end all this" even though she has no idea of the consequences.

As Hannity puts it "these are the people who can cancel out your vote".


85 posted on 11/05/2006 9:03:40 AM PST by mcashman
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Chris Matthews is still trying to live down his girlish antics and man crush on Bill Clinton. He was simply orgasmic when Clinton came out to speak at the 2004 DNC. It was like a 16 year old cheerleader reacting to a quarterback she has a crush on.

That's our Chrissy.
86 posted on 11/05/2006 9:05:27 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: WashingtonSource
Life's a bitch when reality forces you to be delusional because reality challenges your moonbat views, which you cling to because you're, well, a moonbat.

"We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality." - Ayn Rand

Maven
87 posted on 11/05/2006 9:11:01 AM PST by Maven (I can kill you with my brain - "Firefly")
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To: flynmudd; xsmommy; patton; NicknamedBob
I know that it is wrong to hate somebody, God forgive me, but I despise this creature.


Oh come, come. No need to exaggerate.

Saddamn wasn't (isn't) all that bad. I'm sure he has a few goo points.


(Oh. You were talking about Matthews/Couric/Rather. Sorry. Yes, you're right. All despicable creatures, only worthy to be stepped on as they scurry for cover when the light comes on.)
88 posted on 11/05/2006 9:14:28 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Well, if Saddam's lawyer said it, that should surely be good enough for CNN!

If I am not mistaken, Saddam's chief lawyer is Ramsey Clarke. And, of course, he would be good enough for CNN.

89 posted on 11/05/2006 9:14:55 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: BluH2o
I saw too--I was cheering for our Tony Snow! Campbell was throwing a temper tantrum, but, but Iraq is a disaster...and Tony gave her a good spanking.
90 posted on 11/05/2006 9:27:22 AM PST by Miss Didi
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
"Matthews Says Saddam Verdict Helps Dems"

"In your dreams, Fat Boy!" ... (from "The Santa Clause" with Tim Allen)

91 posted on 11/05/2006 9:31:23 AM PST by NicknamedBob (If the Supreme Court has "Judges for Life," why is there any question about Roe vs Wade?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
No November Surprise: Matthews Says Saddam Verdict Helps Dems

As you might imagine, since this is four days before the midterm elections, O’Donnell asked Mitchell: "So Andrea, on a political level, do you think it helps the Administration by reminding people about potential weapons of mass destruction that were developed before the first Gulf War perhaps? Or, does it hurt the Administration because it looks like they really bungled an issue of national security and intelligence?" Mitchell quite predictably responded:

This is a complicated story to really penetrate and for people to understand this close to an election. But, I think the net affect would likely be that it would hurt the Administration because it shows that they—once again, you know—were the gang that couldn't shoot straight!—and were so eager to justify their case for the war that they forced the Intelligence community to do something that the experts didn't want to do and the President himself overruled John Negroponte on.

http://newsbusters.org/node/8809

I stubbed my toe. Obviously that helps Dems.

92 posted on 11/05/2006 9:53:09 AM PST by lowbridge (Got my own set of keys to the Rovian Weather and Earthquake Machine.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

As with all NBC products, MessNBC is a wholly owned DNC subsidiary .
But, occasionally they pretended to care about presenting both sides.
Now that they are facing cancellation-every host is in a manic mode trying to vomit out as much Democrat propaganda before the plug is pulled.
Scarborough has not only gone to the dark side-he owns it.
They actually make CNN look fair.


93 posted on 11/05/2006 9:59:34 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Jeff Head

... Hi Jeff, we haven't had a conversation in 7-8 years :))

.. up to yesterday I had the probability of the 'pubs keeping control of the senate barely over 50% ... today, that jumps to 90% !!! ...

... no violence today so far, think the terrorist planners are going to wait until the alerts subside, which won't be for several days ... good news for republicans, 80% probability no organized violence before tuesday's elections

... dem leadership unanimously stated this morning that (a) the Saddam verdict was correct and appropriate (b) ... the process was just ... and in the same breath (c) .. "we must get out of Iraq, the chaos is horrible !!!" .... dem's position will be seen as very weak to the voting public, will significantly impact Senate and House races ..

... before this morning I would have put the 'pubs chances of retaining a House majority at less than 5%, now, with (1),(3) and (5) above, I'd say 20% or better ...

HK Ball


94 posted on 11/05/2006 11:04:46 AM PST by HK Ball
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Well, anything that goes well favors the Democrats, and whatever goes wrong is Bush's fault. It's very simple.


95 posted on 11/05/2006 3:43:39 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Message from Iraq

96 posted on 11/05/2006 3:49:12 PM PST by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and minds.........one bullet at a time!)
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