Today on Hardball, host Chris Matthews had a discussion – and you may want to sit down for this because it’s a real shocker – had a discussion about the so-called “Bridgegate” “scandal” in New Jersey, with guests David Corn and Joy Reid.
MATTHEWS: Okay. There was an editorial for action right there. It’s like a little set of buttons. I said it’s almost like in Manchurian Candidate, just show the queen of diamonds. Just show it, just show the words. Just say Benghazi and the right wing starts twittering and quittering and they go excited. And just say Fast & Furious to the gun guys out there, and they go crazy, you know IRS. But tell me about the PR and the method of operation and what it possibly has to do with a very clear, serious scandal in Jersey, which is on the record now.
REID: And I actually watched that last night and was thinking exactly what you’re thinking. It sort of shows you the extent to which the right wing media has sort of body snatched the political class on the right, where these myths that live in minds and nightmares and terrors and night terrors of conservatives in the base have now infected their ability to do politics.
Ha ha ha ha, stupid Republicans. Americans being dead is such a dumb thing to worry about, with your twittering and your … you know I can’t even do my sarcastic Matthews voice here. Because seriously, what the hell was he doing? Was he raising the roof or having a seizure?
The general point they are making is that it is stupid of Republicans to compare the Christie bridge scandal to things like Benghazi or Fast & Furious or the IRS targeting conservative groups. I agree it’s dumb to make that comparison, but what is amazing is that Matthews and Reid think it’s dumb because the bridge story is so much more serious. Honestly, I had to watch it three times to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.
Reid goes even further, calling the Obama scandals myths! Someone has been reading their Media Matters talking points.
MSNBC today had wall-to-wall coverage of “bridgegate”. Actually wall-to-wall doesn’t really describe it fully. It was more like wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor, front-to-back, top-to-bottom, person-to-person, HOUR TO HOUR MINUTE TO MINUTE SECOND TO SECOND OH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE NOTHING THIS IMPORTANT OR SCANDALOUS HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ANYONE EVER AND WE INCLUDE NERO FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNED WHICH THIS BASICALLY IS THE SAME AS BUT WITH MORE BRIDGES!!
I’m saying. They really covered this story.
MSNBC and the democrats as a whole (but I repeat myself) want this story to be the biggest political scandal of 2014, and since it’s only January, they really have to milk this puppy. Anyone who watches MSNBC knows .. both of us know … that the democrats are terrified of 2014. They are desperate to pretend Obamacare is a huge success, they are desperate to pretend that the economy is going swimmingly, and they are absolutely “my name is Inigo Montoya” OBSESSED with getting the focus moved away from the countless scandals, debacles, missteps, misspokes, general incompetence and rank partisan grotesqueries that have plagued the office of The One. In their sad, fumbling, mouth-drooling glee to achieve that goal, they’ve overreached on the Christie scandal to such an extent it makes John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” quote seem like a perfectly commonplace comparison. ‘Would you like some bread? It’s better than Jesus. Then we can talk about the myth of Benghazi.’
But of course, this desperation will prove fruitless. Try as they might, and they try mightily, the Obama scandals are not just going to pack their bags and run along home because of Chris Christie. So keep clawing at the sides of that hole MSNBC. You’re just pulling the mud down on top of you.