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Saturday Night Card Game (Race card-baiting as marketing ploy, Chris Matthews edition)

Saturday Night Card Game (Race card-baiting as marketing ploy, Chris Matthews edition)

Chris Matthews has gone farther and more aggressively than any other major television figure in the accusation that the Romney campaign and its supporters are using racism as a core campaign tool against Barack Obama.

Everything has become racist to Matthews.  The use of the term “Chicago.”  Arguments over Obama weakening welfare-to-work requirements.

Even when he claims to like a speech, as in the case of Condi Rice, Matthews contrasts it to alleged racist “birthers” who support Romney.

Matthews even suggests that those who want a restoration of constitutional balance want a return to slavery:

Matthews has come under criticism for his histrionics and theatrics at the RNC, but it is his race card baiting that is the most disturbing.

Matthews is so relentless and so over the top in his accusations that we have to assume he either misunderstands the vast majority of those who oppose Obama, or he is engaged in a cynical cry for attention.

I believe it’s the latter.  While Matthews does have a history of playing the race card, this past week he outdid himself and just about everyone else, even on MSNBC.

Matthews knows he is dealing with fire in his accusations, yet he pretends that he is calling out others for racism when in fact he is using cynical accusations to get attention:

People who dance on it, exploit it, enjoy it, risk widening that divide, opening it up back to where it was so recently. Nothing is simpler. Nothing is more primitive than to beat the drums of tribal grievance … welfare cheating, food stamp grabbing are all part of the lingo, along with the old calls for law and order and states rights and all the rest … say what you want, the message is familiar, deeply redolent of the old demagoguery that stirs up the working white people against the black.

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Am I being unfair to Matthews in attributing bad motive?  Maybe he actually believes what he is saying.

I don’t think so.

There was a very revealing passage as part of one of Matthews’ many racially-based rants this week, he made the following statement (transcript and video via Newsbusters):

But I go back to living in DC all these years. I’ve lived there 40  years, a black-majority city, and anybody who wants to get up early in  Washington and drive down North Capitol (Street) and drive past Florida Avenue,  sees nothing but young, but black people up at 6:30 in the morning going to  work. That’s where they’re going, to work, and not at big-wage jobs and not to  get a welfare check, they’re out working hard all day and not coming home with a  fantastic paycheck. So this notion of blacks live on welfare and whites live on  work is a brilliant political ploy but it’s not true, Rachel (Maddow). And you  know it, I know it.

As Newsbusters documents through several sources, Matthews lives in Chevy Chase Village, which is less than 1% black.

But even putting that hypocrisy aside, why does Matthews assume that when Republicans refer to welfare reform or food stamps they are referring to blacks?  Does he have the same argument about Bill Clinton, the keynote speaker at the DNC this year, whose welfare reforms Obama has weakened?

The selective standard applied by Matthews on welfare reform reveals everything you need to know about the intellectual honesty of his argument.

Chris Matthews has found a niche, to  be the most vocal, most outrageous, most relentless proponent of portraying criticism of Obama as racially motivated.

It’s a marketing ploy.

And I think he knows it damn well.


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Bill, did you see this picture of the Romney motorcade driving through floodwaters in Louisiana?

Note that the majority of vehicles in the motorcade, unlike all of Obama’s, are white.

How long do you think it’s going to be before Tingles screams “Raaaaacist”? And did Romney do this on purpose?

I’m looking at the good side of this. The fact that so few watch MSNBC that it is laughable.

Force Tingles to watch himself for a couple of hours and you’ll see an exploding head!

It’s entertainment that soon becomes boring…

    You almost get the feeling that the folks at MSNBC have been told that Comcast is going to shut the whole thing down. It’s the only explanation why nobody has gotten fired by now.

      punfundit in reply to Neo. | September 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      You might be on to something.

      PhillyGuy in reply to Neo. | September 2, 2012 at 1:16 am

      Actually it’s pretty much the opposite. Their ratings improved when they made an even further leftward shift. I wouldn’t underestimate how many people watch, It’s not nearly what Fox News is but it’s much better than CNN. The guys who run Comcast are all big libs so I don’t think much will change over there until their ratings tank.

      Chris Matthews: Keith Olbermann reincarnated.

DINORightMarie | September 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Two things. I believe Matthews is using this Alinsky tactic, both believing it is true AND knowing it is his “role” in the MSM propaganda machine. He embraces it, IMHO.

Second, you need to imbed the video of Newt and Chrissy when Newt throws back at Chrissy his raaaaaacist rhetoric and thinking as HIM being the real racist, for assuming the term “food stamps” implies “black” or “African-American”.

I believe you had that imbed earlier this week, but it deserves a replay here, where Newt exposes Chris Matthews for the projection-prone maggot that he is.

    This may be beyond Alinsky. Rush thinks he’s having a nervous breakdown. I think he had a nervous breakdown years ago and he’s now psychotic.

      FX Phillips in reply to Rosalie. | September 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Could be lingering effects of the case of malaria he had a few years back around the time of the Iraq war. Perhaps the fever has caused undiagnosed brain damage. Or maybe a relapse.

      Doesn’t excuse either him or his bosses as he and the whole leftist(bowel) movement becomes increasingly and dangerously unhinged.

“Chris Matthews has gone farther and more aggressively than any other major television figure”

When did Matthews become a major figure, television or otherwise? Seriously. He’s small potatoes. Most people have never heard of him. If not for Conservatives complaining about him, I would never have heard of him.

A third option: he’s ill. That is, he’s a kind of hyper-passionate liberal intellect that has simply taken ill, been viralized with frustration and ideological madness. I’ve seen and known other examples of this. It’s what happens when smart and socially idealistic personalities run into the ground of reality. They don’t adjust. Of course, a certain over-the-top ego contributes to this madness. So maybe Matthews is a sort of high-functioning egoistic sociopath. All this “you know it, I know it” stuff he repeats over and over — that is, “how can you not see what I see. It’s so obvious! You must! If you don’t, then I must be mad, and I’m not. I can’t be, I’m one of the good people meant to save human progress from you regressives.” His increasing myopic madness becomes our increasing racism.

    So your saying that Matthews should be on suicide watch

    Anchovy in reply to raven. | September 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    That and the fact that as a child his toilet training was a traumatic experience that he has never gotten over.

    sybilll in reply to raven. | September 2, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I think it is a combination of self preservation and hero worship. MSNBC is circling the drain, and Obama worship, along with their utopian view of what liberalism offers, is all that keeps them afloat. He, and they, will never recognize that they only represent less than 20% of Americans. American pride and self reliance may be diminished, but it is not dead. But, Chrissy’s career may be.

    FX Phillips in reply to raven. | September 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    OOops stepped on your premise w/o reading the whole thread.

    Sorry ’bout that.

    The guy is sick perhaps as some suggested whatever Olbermann has is contagious. Whatever he has got he is trying to contaminate as many as possible.

The MSM sees the same internal polling as the campaigns, at some point it will be obvious to even the most partisan hack that Obama will lose. What then?

Will they shift away from him in an attempt at saving professional face and/or to retain viable access to the Romney WH/Admin? (I hope someone in the Romney camp is keeping score. The WH press corps need to be rotated out).

The moment I’m waiting for is when Obama realizes that he’s done. That moment will be a sweet payback for what he and his minions have done to fellow Americans who dared run or speak against him. I don’t even need to see or hear of it. Just knowing that he can’t handle the truth will be enough.

Useful idiots and creeps like Matthews will be little more than collateral damage to the Dems…they will throw some under the Obamabus and regroup to attack Romney. That could be his rationalization for the mad attack dog act…we know it’s an act. To paraphrase another failed Dem…a loyal media lap dog is a F’ing valuable thing.

Isn’t it interesting that yet another MSNBC commentator/anchor has come unhinged…must be something in the water.

    creeper in reply to bjm. | September 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    “The moment I’m waiting for is when Obama realizes that he’s done.”

    If rumors of the Obamas house-hunting in Hawaii for a 2013 move-in are true, that moment may already have passed.

    I have read that Obama can keep all the contributions given to him personally if he does not run again. Could that possibly be in the back of his mind and would it not explain the frenetic fund-raising? mr. creeper, not one to wear tinfoil, thinks Barry-O will bow out in Charlotte. I’m beginning to wonder if he’s right. As embarrassing as it would be, declining the nomination would still be less humiliating than losing in a landslide, which seems to be where he’s headed now.

    He seems so half-hearted in his appearances. Can’t even summon up a recent reference to “raaaacism”. Is he done?

      Anchovy in reply to creeper. | September 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Maybe that is why Hillary is out of town, getting fitted for a cape and tights.

        Hillary in tights? Quick, hide the children and avert your eyes.

        creeper in reply to Anchovy. | September 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

        Actually, sending Hillary off for “important meetings” in the middle of nowhere (Cook Islands) is pretty good strategy if he intends to bow out. Imagine the excitement it would generate in the Dem party to see her fly back to rescue them. It’s what…fourteen hours from the Cook Islands to Washington? Fourteen hours of breathless anticipation, tracking her plane ever step of the way. What’s not to like about that scenario?

        I mean, other than it’s Hillary Clinton.

    punfundit in reply to bjm. | September 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    They will poison the well, salt the land, and raze villages in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Khan.

    If they can’t win, they’ll prevent the winner from winning.

    ALman in reply to bjm. | September 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    “…must be something in the water.”

    Must be: “MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry became visibly upset over business owners calling themselves ‘risk takers’ and began screaming on air.”

    FX Phillips in reply to bjm. | September 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

    BJM says:

    The moment I’m waiting for is when Obama realizes that he’s done. That moment will be a sweet payback for what he and his minions have done to fellow Americans who dared run or speak against him.

    I think it may look more like the political equivalent of a suicide bombing in that he and his supporters may decide if they can’t have power no one will and do whatever it can to make the transition as difficult as possible. I think their bad feelings will be such that the juvenile antics of the Clintonistas(taking the W’s off the keyboards) will not even register by the time the Obamanauts are finished.

    He and his supporters like Matthews have already fouled the waters to the point he will not be able to govern but will have to bring down the iron fist if he is re-elected. Do we expect them to make it easy for his conqueror to govern?

“And I think he knows it damn well.”


And I think that he knows that we know why he’s doing it.

Matthews’ sthick has a dated shelf life; it’ll be stale and unsellable come November.

What started as a tingle now seems like a full bore uncontrollable tremor.

Cassandra Lite | September 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Until Matthews chooses to give up his slot there to someone of color, he should just shut the eff up.

If the length, depth, and breadth of his argument for Democrats is that they’re morally superior to conservatives…prove it with actions.

Just don’t make James Liption cry by being vulgar and rude to President Obama.

The left is completely unhinged. Lipton and Matthews are just a small example of it. Mediate has an article on how Romney was callous and a show boaters by going to Louisiana and excusing Obama not being there because it takes time for a President to plan such a trip.

Excuse me? Bush was practically roasted alive for not getting to Louisiana in five days after Katrina . What is Obama’s excuse, he had a round of golf scheduled?

A congressional staffer drugging women and using them for sex–sounds like a war on women.

Which party does he belong to? The fact it is silent lets you know he is a DEMOCRAT.

I watched Hardball every day for many years, starting with day 1. There was nothing else like it on cable. Matthews asked the hard questions, embarrassing questions of politicians, making them stand up or cower for what they said or did.

Remember, this was during the Clinton Administration, and the “O’Rielly” was still in it’s infancy, and was still modeled after “Inside Edition”.

As I saw it, somewhere around 2003 Matthews became overtly cynical. By 2005, Matthews had a full blown case of Bush Derangement Syndrome. With the advent of “Countdown”, Matthews felt he had the green light to not only inject his opinion into his show, but make everything in his show a reaffirmation of his opinion.

Sadly, in my opinion, he has since lost all sense of reality. I cannot and have not watched him for more than a couple minutes each week. Still I try.

I cannot say if it is medical or psychological, but Chris Matthews is unrecognizable from a decade ago.


Chris “Captain Queeg” Matthews. Instead of strawberry thieves, we’re all racists.

Well, everybody KNOWS all WHITE FOLKS are RACIST! What’s your point? Matthews is just telling the truth. We can’t help it. It’s because we are white…

Want heads to explode?

Ignore those striving for attention & egotist

Obama says that people should have watched the GOP convention on a black-and-white television. What racist overtones are contained in that statement? Let’s ask Tingles and see. I guess the lefty strategy to eliminate racism is to first kill the word, since it means nothing anymore.

Chris Matthews – “The Boy Who Cried Racism.” The more he keeps it up, the less people believe him.

Matthews is unappealing to me on many levels and he has now lost any pretense at being a fair arbiter of political issues. I only watch him when it is hard to avoid him.

I suspect that Matthews’ irrational stridency is consequent to the rise of Fox and his realization that he cannot compete, the fact that he is older than most of his competition, and the appreciation that Obama is failing and will lose the election. It’s his last hurrah and he is not doing well.

He has become a consummate racist himself. Sad.

TrooperJohnSmith | September 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Like most elitists, Matthews is essentially a racist. One of the hallmarks of the Progressive meme is skewed ideas of racial identity: only black politicians can represent blacks; blacks are incapable of living in the ‘white’ world, so they must survive on set-asides and affirmative action; education of black children must be racially relevant; blacks and other minorities need government, fomented by elitists, to succeed.

What we get from elites is a disconnected ‘advocacy’ that is actually a destructive form of paternalism. They assume that blacks are essentially incapable of surviving in the world at large without carrot-and-stick ‘programs’. It’s that tyranny of low expectations that makes Matthews and other ‘progressives’ act as they do towards all persons outside their elite cliques.

That’s why DC-insiders all seem about the same: they are. The only difference is their opinion of which end of the egg to crack. Other than that, they are cut from the same elite cloth.

Like a perverted Orwellian farm, the pantheon of man has all of the elites at the top. Then, below that, the rest of us are duly stratified, sorted through the lens of elitism as ultimate arbiter of a man’s worth. Some of us Anglos are sorted into ‘fly-over country red-necks’ while others are dutiful and deferential to their elite masters. Persons of color fall into the same type of sorting, based not on who they are as an individual but on the beau ideal as defined by the northeastern-Ivy League-Manhattan/Left Coast elitist worldview. It’s why the Tea Party is often as much at odds with the RINO GOP as they are with the Pelosi-wing of the DNC.

Matthews is a dyed in the wool cashmere elitist doing what his DNA tells him to do. In his world, it’s inconceivable that people are not woven into this great fabric, the pattern of which is determined by his worldview. That Herman Cain, Allen West, Mia Love or Condaleeza Rice can rise up and succeed on their own, unfettered from racial identity politics, is anathema to him, because that would conflict with his belief system.

That’s the problem with a rigid ideology; it binds one to strictures that once disproved, will lead to that system’s undoing. If persons of color succeed on their own, Matthews and all the elites and all they believe are diminished.

Matthews evidently saw the old film Zardoz. He doesn’t want to end up with an epiphany, especially if it puts him out of work. MSNBC are his enablers.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | September 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Democrats are not worried about blacks switching over and voting Republican en masse (notwithstanding Artur Davis party switch). I think they are VERY worried about turnout.

I believe all the racist rhetoric garbage is designed to frighten blacks about Romney and Republican control in order to motivate them to vote. Don’t forget that in 2008 95% of all black voters voted for Obama. Democrats also got a record number of “new” black voters registrated and blacks turned out to vote in record numbers. 2008 was a perfect storm because Obama was fresh new face who represented hope and stood a decent chance of winning. With black unemployment stuck at near record highs for four years, it seems extremely unlikely that the 2008 perfect storm for black voters will replicate itself this year.

So Democrats (and I include MSNBC as part of the Democrat Party) are playing every dirty trick to try to stimulate turnout so they can hold onto power. Including falsely smearing Republicans with the race card.

Perhaps Mathews should focus on actual words rather than the high frequency dogwhistles reverberating inside his skull.
Heres a good starting point for Mathews from one of those racist Republicans everywhere

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ

The Democrats would do well to choose a path different from their ancestors and predecessors. They do not have a moral position when they replace slavery and discrimination with involuntary exploitation and denigration of individual dignity. They further sabotage their credibility when they support normalization of dysfunctional behaviors, most notably the elective termination of developing human life. The choices they present are false and are offered as a defense to their corruption.

‘This shouldn’t happen anymore’: White man beaten to a pulp in public square for dating African-American woman in Georgia

I wonder if Obama will intervene to restore a selective harmony.

I put this up on the TipLine…

The election, in one side-by-side…

Show it to all you know, since it cannot be refuted by the insanity of the Collective.

Funny… As the decades pass, and progress has supposedly liberated and empower “folks”, I haven’t felt more “freedom”. All I’ve felt are more laws, rules, regulations, and paperwork.

    That’s because the “progress” we have enjoyed engenders cultural corruption. It ignores the prerequisite for liberty which is individuals capable of self-moderating behavior. People have been taught that they can effectively have their cake and eat it too. This is only possible for a short time and only because of successful investments made by our ancestors and predecessors. The greed from the poorest to richest is overwhelming. It is only through the moderation of the middle class that we may survive a campaign to normalize corruption. People need to reject dreams of instant gratification, whether of a material, physical, or ego disposition.

You can still catch the 2nd half of the Auburn-Clemson game on ESPN…

Good to know the Good Professor won’t be running short of material for the Saturday night card game any time soon…

Chris Mathews is an angry old white man who still thinks this is the 1960s.

And he is mentally unstable. Very unstable, I doubt NBC, Comcast cares that he is utterly tarnishing the entire brand.

He has to keep up the race card, what else does he have? Same with the other white liberals.

    alex in reply to alex. | September 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    And I will admit I loved his Hardcall show. Watched it for years when he would really go after politicians.

    Now its a just a freak show, and he’s the race baiting freak.

    WarEagle82 in reply to alex. | September 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    All “progressives” are mentally unstable. You are talking about a group that includes Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, Marx, Mao, all the Kims, Pol Pot, and on and on and on.

    As looney as Matthews is, he is even the looniest! But he may be one of the most embarrassing loonies on cable TV today…

It’s a marketing ploy.

I have to disagree, professor. An effective marketing plan doesn’t go out of it’s way to offend half of its potential customers.

I think that Chris Matthews is mentally unbalanced. There’s no other reasonable explanation.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Samuel Keck. | September 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I think the MSNBC audience is SO BLOODY SKEWED to the left that Matthews may represent that market. The problem is, NOBODY watches MSNBC and they are playing to the loonies who watch CNN and MSNBC. And those people DO NOT represent America…

Must read from Mark Steyn on Chris Matthews’ and others’ obssession with detecting racism:

1 question. How does he have a job?
Can the GOP sue for slander?

Michelle’s Mirror had a great comment today, and I wanted to share it:

You can tell R2 raided the Twinkie supply in Big Guy’s pantry because everybody’s still talking about Clint Eastwood’s empty chair this morning, 2 days after the fact. (I know “kitchen cabinet” is racial code, butt I think “pantry” is still okay. Just to be safe though, I checked my Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words (insert -the Oxford English Dictionary.)

The whole post is a worthy read:

Trying to reason with someone like Matthews is like trying to lick your own asshole. Not only is it very difficult to do, it is not all that rewarding even if you succeed.

Great article!

However (!), CM can only go FURTHER in his accusations, not farther. Farther is a measurable distance. : )

NC Mountain Girl | September 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Doesn’t Matthews live in Chevy Chase, Maryland? A suburb that is almost as white as the comedian?

When I moved from lily white Minnesota to Chicago in 1980 I quickly tired of my old friends tsk tsk tsking me about the awful race relations in Chicago. I took public transportation every day and got quite used to being the only native born white person in the car at places along the route. It was always fun to take my liberal friends from Minnesota on the el to old Comiskey Park or up to Evanston and watch them sweat when we became went through certain areas. More than once they’d offer to pay the cab fare home. Afterwards I’d not always gently remind them it is easy to be open minded when over 90% of the people you come into contact with everyday look just like you.

    Contrast your friends’ experience today with my own forty years ago. My sisters and I rode the el from downtown to Chinatown. The passengers were a mixed bag…black, white, Oriental. There were two young black men, students I think from their book bags, in the car sitting across from us. They were singing “Lean On Me” in beautiful harmony. They were as good as Bill Withers. When they finished and got off the train there was a round of applause.

    That Chicago is no more.

Chris Matthews, Alex Morgan et al are rehearsing how to spin the debates, which are Obama’s best shot to reverse Republican momentum.

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When Tingles passes on to hopefully a better life, the ME report will show that he possessed little or no heart and a brain that is wired to process only subject matter that is mean spirited, divisive and perhaps even evil.

An insignificant person in search of significance. We give him too much recognition.

As with his idol Obama, I don’t know which Tingles is scarier – the one who believes what he says or the one who doesn’t.

Last night I posted that curious quote from LBJ. It wasnt intended to offend anyone but rather point out how the real history of Civil Rights movement in the US has been usurped by the Democratic Party. Gone are the efforts of folks like Everett Dirksen who were the real nuts and bolts of the passage of legislation going back to 1964.
The history of Republican leadership in Civil Rights has to be retold honestly.
If I were a Romney? I might assign that task to a Newt Gingrich or someone so black voters in the US can judge for themsrlves who really wants equality for blacks in this country.
The case can be made that the Democrat’s/liberal positions arent promoting real equality but instead promote dependancy and produce folks like Mathews who elevates himself as somehow “speaking for black citizens”.
As if they are incapable of doing so themselves. They must be protected at all costs he reasons.
If that doesnt perpetuate the master/slave relationship of old? Nothing does.