It’s official: Chris Matthews is a loathsome douchebag

Let’s be clear, I’ve always thought Chris Matthews was a douchebag. I’ve never loathed him to the extent that some wise folks like Digby have, but I’ve been acutely aware of his spittle-flecked douchebaggery. However, I always thought him to be, at worst, a goofy douchebag. But during this primary season this bleach-drenched, jabbering man-child has attained the mantle of 100% official loathsome douchebag. He’s exhibiting a level of off-the-rails batshit crazy that’s normally reserved for the likes of the Michael Savages of the world.  I sincerely believe that Matthews has gone off the deep end—way off—and MSNBC should consider sharply yanking his leash or perhaps yanking him off the air and sending him away to some remote island where he can just mindlessly bark at palm trees all day while attendants cautiously swipe at his quivering, wet chin with washcloths.  He’s become a mockery.  A buffoon. A fucktard. One of the biggest blights on American politics. A loathsome douchebag.

Last night after an evening of Matthews directing an utterly bizarre level of vitriol at the Clintons, Keith Olbermann, his co-host in NH primary coverage, had to pry Tom Delay’s cock out of Matthews mouth (I wish I could find a video of the tongue bath Matthews gave Delay) right before Matthews turned into a complete lunatic at the expense of Dee Dee Myers, Bill Clinton’s former press secretary:

Sure, Myers was spinning quite a bit—that’s what politicians do—but so was Delay and Matthews gave him a free pass. Witness how angry Matthews is at Myers (and the Clintons).  Look at his face.  Listen to his voice. Look into his eyes. We’re talking “bring in the guys with the white coats” behavior here, not just a hardballer tunneling to truthiness. An absolute train wreck that you don’t want to rubberneck. A complete and total embarrassment.

As the evening wore on and Matthews realized that Hillary and Bill had schooled the pundits (and Matthews, in particular), you could actually see this drooling simpleton deflate like a 99-cent-store birthday balloon. He became virtually (and thankfully) non-existent, nearly transforming into a wisp of vapor after Tom Brokaw took some not-so-subtle jabs at him following Hillary’s victory speech. And to put the icing on the cake, Rachel Maddow took out a butter knife, missed the cake completely and jabbed it into Matthew’s turkey gobble:

Pat, I will tell you that on the influential-influential, perhaps, on the left-website Talking Points Memo today, you want to know who they’re blaming for women voters breaking for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, who they’re blaming for this late showing and a big vote for Hillary Clinton? They’re blaming Chris Matthews. People are citing specifically Chris-not only for his own views but also for…as symbol of what the mainstream media has done to Hillary Clinton.

And then Chris Matthews said, I shit you not:

My influence over American politics looms over the people. I’m overwhelmed myself.

Except, you loathsome douchebag, you’re too caught up in your own sputtering bullshit to realize that yesterday people weren’t just voting for Hillary, they were also voting against you having any influence over American politics going forward. You’ve become a festering polyp on the electoral process and yesterday thoroughly disgusted voters finally found the scalpel.

(I dedicate this post to my wonderful wife Chris for not throwing our nightstand lamp at the television last night.)

MORE: Mount Blogmore lays out Matthews’ reprehensible day-after defense ... New Hampshire voters are closet racists.

RELATED: Here’s a theory in the comments section at Matt Y’s place as to why Obama lost so many indie voters to McCain that I haven’t seen bandied about yet and, as a bonus, it contains the word “douchebag”!

GOOD CHRIST: The Mount Blogmore post linked above doesn’t fully capture the totally loathsome douchebaggery Matthews was exhibiting this morning, post-humiliation. You really have to see this. They need to start padding the walls of MSNBC’s studios if they’re going to keep this demented gasbag on the air. (via Atrios)

FINALLY (1/11/08): I wasn’t going to update this post, but it’s still getting a lot of traffic and I just found this on YouTube. It’s too bizzare not to share. Scroll to the 1:25 mark in the video or read the transcript below.


CHUCK TODD, NBC POLITICAL DIRECTOR:  Well, you know, in talking with a lot of people that are involved with the Clinton campaign but don‘t get to help make the decisions, the fear is they don‘t have a plan B.  The fear is that they had just one plan, inevitability and the hope that being the first woman president would be the change, that they could be the movement candidate.

And you know, the hard part of this is, is I think at the very beginning, they thought they had sort of two angles at this.  They had the woman thing and they had the experience, inevitability factor.


TODD:  And somehow, they lost both of them.  And that‘s what‘s hard here, is that, you know, if one was plan 1A and plan 1B, there‘s no plan 1C right now.

I mean, I‘m hearing all sorts of things.  Some folks that could get drawn into the campaign are telling me that the most likely scenario is that they‘ll skip the next two states and basically say, OK, let‘s make this a referendum on Obama as the nominee on February 5.  I‘ll—you know, that she may—you know, I‘ll drop out after February 5, if I don‘t get this nomination, but you‘ve got to know, those February 5 states, that that‘s what you‘re voting for.  You‘re voting to end it.  You‘re voting for Obama as the nominee.  And maybe that‘ll sort of jump start things.  We‘ll see.

MATTHEWS:  And it reminds me of what the Egyptian soldiers said after losing the Six-Day War to Israel:  Our strategy was to rape all the women and kill all the men.

That‘s not very good strategy when you are in retreat.

That exceedingly warped analogy is courteous of “the most important political pundit out there,” as our naive Canadian friend Jeff branded him down below in the comments.

OKAY, I LIED.  ONE MORE: Digby.  Read it.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/09/08 at 08:46 AM • Permalink

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Well played, my friend.  If I was Matthews and I read that, I’d walk in front of a bus.

I hate to break it to you, but Hillary won’t ever get elected president. You should stop sticking up for her.  It’s a waste of time.

Well, that would be great if I was supporting her.  I’m currently torn between your guy or Obama. I just think Matthews should be sealed in a lead drum and dropped to the bottom of the sea.

For the sake of democracy.

Chris Mathews is the most insightful and important analyst in the media.  We bitched and moaned about the press’ failure to “ask tough questions” in the run up to the Iraq War.  He’s one of the few people in the press willing to do so, and willing to bust spin-sheisters for their bullshit (read: the Clintons, the Republicans, etc).

You blog blows.

“Chris Mathews is the most insightful and important analyst in the media.”

After that comment I would have been worried if you did like my blog.

You comment blows.

I have watched Hardball many years. He has clearly made up his mind to “paint” the worst picture possible of Hillary Clinton. No matter who you like to be president, no one else is treated like this. Fox News looks tame compared to his rants about her. As for him asking tough questions, he has his moments about the war. But I heard him on his own show admit voting for George Bush in 2000. So, shut the F up Chris.

Found your blog through Buzzfeed.  Great writing. Keep it up!  Hope you never get mad at me.

p.s. Tell your wife my TV was in danger, too!

It’s about time America wakes up to the Anti Hillary garbage that has been going on for a year.Chris Matthews voted for Bush,at least he said that on air??
He has gone CRAZY for months now along with Russert,who once had the OBJECTIVITY label?so everyone should boycott them along with Arianna and Huff Post.
Mr. Obama will be EXPOSED check out the Human that says Barack Obama:EXPOSED and there’s more dirt coming he is a shady Chicago Politican who will not salute the American flag.

Having the first Woman President will reach deep inside every Woman and she will WIN!!

Gina, thanks.

DeDe, nice try faking that you’re a Hillary supporter.  The Human Events reference was just a lil’ bit of a red flag. America salutes you.

“He’s become a mockery.  A buffoon. A fucktard.”

Fucktards are nearly as loathesome as actual retarded people. I’m glad to find a blog where somebody shares my disdain for the disabled. Here here! Down with the weak!

Austin, seriously, that’s the best you could come up with? Geez, you should have also chastised me for making using the term “train wrecks,” because those can be really, really awful. Here here! Up with derailments!

Kevin, don’t be insensitive.  Maybe someone in his family is fucktarded.

Also here from BuzzFeed.

I hadn’t seen most of that.  I was willing to give him a pass on the Myer’s interview because I seem to recall Hilliary as the front runner for quite a while now and Tweety is, well, Tweety.

But the “sympathy Senator” comment blew my mind.  To assert that someone is voted into one of the highest offices of the land because the populace feels sorry for them is just brain dead.

Fucktard applies, however personally painful (I know and even love some fucktards ;-))

Kevin, who the hell are you, guy?

Seriously, do you have any perspective on the bigger picture at all, or do you just sit around in a dark room with a voodoo doll of Matthews foaming at the mouth and pricking it with an evil laugh.

Get real, pal.  Matthews is the most important political pundit out there, whether or not someone as sensitive to you is. 

Is it a fact that most first ladies go unnoticed and unknown throughout their spouses reign as president?  Is it not true that most of the first ladies we’ve had in the past, aside from Betty Ford and Nancy Carter, that they just are trophy wives and nothing more than a mantle piece?

Do you think that Laura Bush is going to be making a run at politics anytime soon?  Never.  Why, because no one knows or cares about who she is.

When Hillary went through what she did with Bill and Monica, she easily became a household name.  She became a face for couples who have problems, but work through it everyday.  People actually saw a human being behind Bill, and she became more than the token mantlepiece that follows him around.

That was what Matthews was getting at, that because of her time spent in the spotlight after Monica-gate, that she was able to stand up on her own two feet and that’s what eventually sprung her into the limelight as a strong, independant woman.

This isn’t about his ax he wants to grind against the Clinton’s and the establishment.  No one on TV dedicates the amount daily to politics that Matthews and to call him a douchebag for telling the reality of life is pretty immature and uneducated.

You obviously jumped to conclusions, so go back to your dark room with your voodoo doll.  I can’t believe I wasted my time following this link off Buzzfeed.

Oh and also, as far as Matthews pointing out his influence, if you were actually watching MSNBC the night of the NH caucus, you’d notice that one of the correspondents was reading particularly from blogs around the net that clearly indicated he was to blame for Hillary winning.  They pointed out like you, that he had crossed the line.  Hence, why he made the comment.

You’ve got to love a guy like Jeff who complains about wasting his time reading a blog post after he wastes even more time laying out a long, error-laden rant countering it.

Kudos for compiling some of the most recent mindless blathering from Matthews. That vapid airhead has no place on television, aside from creating empty spectacle.

Clinton’s the candidate that i fear most for the Democrats, but Matthews’ slanders of her are unjust and foul.

Didn’t catch Matthews’ ramblings about Obama and the movie Lawrence of Arabia until it was rebroadcast on the Daily Show. It’s probably no coincidence that Matthews was comparing Obama to the Arabs repeatedly, playing up on that meme of making something sinister and Muslim about Obama’s full name.

badger, exactly.

What I find reprehensible about Matthews is that he is the epitome of what’s wrong with the media’s coverage of politics today in America.  While he holds up the false shield of objectivity (something that, say, Hannity, Limbaugh or Olbermann don’t do), he gleefully treats the voting process like it’s a sporting event. He’s become the Terry Bradshaw of cable news. There’s a lot at stake in this election, but he’s cheapened the discourse and made his attacks very personal.

Hey Roger,

You must be mistaken with someone who actually writes out their opinion and objections like myself and an idiot like you who write filler.  If you have something to contribute to re-educating people, let me know;)

As for being the Terry Bradshaw of cable news, explain to me why Terry Bradshaw doesn’t have a daily football show on with people from both sides of the field and football pundits from the top publications and media outlets out there on the show?

Maybe he bathes a little too much in his metaphors, but in context, he had been working all day and re: Arabia thing probably got more caught up in that then he wanted to.

Either way, you’ve probably never seen Sean Hannity or Bill O’Rielly over at Fix News, but it doesn’t matter, because your blog has dropped from first to fifth on buzzfeed, and well, that’s what counts most!

Gosh, you are exhausting, Jeff.

As for being the Terry Bradshaw of cable news, explain to me why Terry Bradshaw doesn’t have a daily football show on with people from both sides of the field and football pundits from the top publications and media outlets out there on the show?

Maybe Bradshaw needs a new agent (or more spittle). Matthews obviously has a good one because his ratings aren’t that great and he still has two shows.

Maybe he bathes a little too much in his metaphors, but in context, he had been working all day and re: Arabia thing probably got more caught up in that then he wanted to.

He doesn’t bathe in them, he drowns in them.  There’s a difference.

Either way, you’ve probably never seen Sean Hannity or Bill O’Rielly over at Fix News, but it doesn’t matter, because your blog has dropped from first to fifth on buzzfeed, and well, that’s what counts most!

I’ve actually seen both of them quite a bit on “Fix News” (Roger, eat your heart out). And the rankings on Buzzfeed fluctuate constantly.  I have no idea what logic they use, but since they added Rumproast to the “Hating Chris Matthews” buzz I’ve been everywhere from #1 to #8 (I’m back at #2 currently). I wish you could have seen my face when I saw that my blog was at #8.  I was devastated! I probably looked like you did when your mom told you the stains weren’t going to come out of your “Hardball” underoos.

Kevin, thanks for re-educating me with that underoos link.  I had no idea what they were.

Jeff, just got back home and saw this.

That’s what counts most!

Wow, Kevin, you win.

It fluctuates, good for you…  If you watched O’Really tonight you’d get the opinion of many lefists, that you’re making a huge deal about this more than it needs to and it’s not some conspiracy that you are making it out to be.

I’ll agree that Matthews needs a one-week suspension if you promise not to bore us with your right-wing propaganda, deal?


You don’t need to read the whole rant, but watch the first two videos.  Even so, I like watching Chris Matthews.

No need to read the whole rant, but watch the first video clip.

Are you two guys on the same debate team or something?

I’ve been on this bandwagon for some time now.
On the bright side, has Tucker been taken by aliens or what? Nary a mention of him lately anywhere.

I like that word ‘fucktard’
Of course I’ve heard it before, but displayed in this context so colorfully, I will tend it, shelter it and guard it as a glowing coal against the cold.
Also, I will fling it with abandon when necessary.
Thank You

Tucker still has a show at 6PM ET on MSNBC, but I don’t think he’s going to be around much longer. They shuttled him off to report from a single campaign (McCain’s?  I can’t remember.) instead of giving him a coveted in-studio spot with the blowhards.

Yes. Caught the last five minutes of his show which was notable only for Willie Geist’s montage of President Bush’s awkward moments abroad.
Tucker calls to mind Max Von Sydow’s character from the Judge Dredd film as he contemplates exile to the ‘cursed earth’ or some such nether region.

You know what’s hilarious? Matthews’ being a total a-hole and a completely biased commentator posing as a journalist never bothered you Lefties before he threw his hat into Obama’s camp.

That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Good job, Kevin, on the editing the post after the comments, very classy;)

Just the reason why morons like you will forever be defined bloggers and not journalists!

You’re kinda new to the whole blog thing, aren’t you, Jeff?  Blog posts are “updated,” not “edited,” you silly bunny!

It’s pretty sad when the electorate votes a certain way to spite a windbag like Chris Matthews rather than on issues that matter or even on the personal aspects of the candidates themselves. 

Anyone who voted a different way because of the comments of Chris Matthews is equally a douchebag, in my eyes, because you’re saying a talking head’s ramblings are more of a concern than the actual matters at hand.

“Chris Mathews is the most insightful and important analyst in the media.  We bitched and moaned about the press’ failure to “ask tough questions” in the run up to the Iraq War.  He’s one of the few people in the press willing to do so, and willing to bust spin-sheisters for their bullshit (read: the Clintons, the Republicans, etc). “

ROTFLMFAO!!!!  I think you need to go to youtube and watch Mathews GUSHING over Bush when he “landed” that jet on the carrier a few years ago.  Yeah, Matthews is one tough cookie, huh?  PATHETIC.

Just found this blog, and enjoyed the screed.  I too find Matthews loathsome, and have since I first saw him on TV.  He’s committed to an old-school, backroom, ethnicity-based politics, which is why he hearts Giuliani so much. (And fellates him . . .)  There are not so many of this type left in politics—they became Reagan Democrats or they died off or became Limbaugh conservatives after Reagan, and in general their ethnicities of choice (Irish, Italian, Slav, Black) reconfigured around the reality of Hispanic immigration and a very changed urban landscape of influence and corruption.  (This is not even to mention the way that a reconfigured race politics changed ethnic politics in the 90s, and especially aft 9/11, when Muslims/Arabs became the new ultimate other, a role they share with Latinos.  Barack Obama is not the first viable African American presidential candidate for no good reason, nor does he appeal to certain elements in the Center-Right for no good reason.  History has shifted, at last, off the Black/White axis.) Our one true remaining absolutely naturalized binary, however, remains sex and gender.  If anything, we’ve regressed sharply from the feminist gains of the 70s through the early 90s since 9/11, out of anxiety perhaps, but also because of the culture wars having a serious effect through the management of fear.  Add in the gay panic and the evangelical rabid dogs (and a few Ted Haggards to confuse the matter) and you’ve got a ripe brew.

So Matthews is nostalgic, and appeals to nostalgic people;  the problem is that his analysis is presented as if it is relevant to anything in the present other than nostalgia.  When it is offered as serious “punditry” rather than the griping of an Andy-Rooney-esque old man in his dotage, it infuriates people.

Plus he’s just sort of a putzhead. And a cynic.  And not very smart.

He is pushy, and I guess our friend Jeff or whatever upthread sees that as “tough” whereas I just see it as rude and aggressive with almost anyone—including fellow journalists he’s decided are attractive enough to warrant the completely inappropriate sexual attention of this no doubt erectilely-dysfunctional blowhard in his 60s who is trying really, really hard to look like he is in his 40s.  He’s a lech, on top of it all. 

But tough questions? Hardly.  And *rarely* if ever to a republican or a “tough guy” of either party.  Jeff, name one hard hitting interview where Matthews actually hammered a powerful Republican until he broke a lie apart the way Jon Stewart routinely does—Jon Stewart mind you, a comedian who also tore Matthews apart on his show a couple of months back.

Very occasionally, Matthews will penetrate, so to speak, a politician’s spin space—as he does brutally with Didi Myers in the clip above.  But watch him kiss DeLay’s or Rudy’s anal sphincters some day and then tell me he’s fair.  He takes on Myers because she’s a woman, and because she shows weakness, he bullies her over and over with the same inane point, as if she was an important person in the Clinton campaign.

One of the worst non-journalists (because there is absolutely no commitment to objectivity or source checking in his “work” and he is purely cynical about power)  and so-called “pundits” on television.  Bar none.  And a total embarrassment to MSNBC at this point.

They should replace him with Rachel Maddow.  That would be very interesting to see.  I actually like the rapport between Maddow and Pat Buchanan, too—Pat, who comes from the same school of bullshit politics as Matthews, is at least chivalrous and reasonably eloquent—so a joint show for the two of them could work.

But shitcan Matthews, MSNBC, before you’ve got an Imus situation on your hands, again.

I have seen both the best and the worst of Chris Matthews. The best was when I watched the show in person. During breaks, he is very friendly and forthcoming with the public and the antithesis of high-handedness and condescension.

The worst - his brutal, gratuitous cross examination of Dennis Kucinich before the last election regarding Kucinich’s change of position on the issue of abortion. That was truly sickening.

As far as his being a “lech,”  name the guy who would object to having Bo Derek on his program or sitting next to Sharon Stone on “The Tonight Show”?

Chris, you dumb shit! hard ball my ass, you have no balls at all. step aside bill and rush theres a new turd in town.

Chris was all gaga about McCain 8 years ago; now he is in love with Obama.  What a weirdo!!

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