During an interview on MSNBC’s Weekend with Alex Witt, Chris Matthews offered ‘advice’ to the President. This became quite the sensation in the rightie blogosphere as “just more evidence that even the hard-left knows Obama is a failure”. Of course, calling Chris Matthews “hard-left” is true only in the fantasy world created by the modern right’s propaganda machine. A world described by David Frum in a recent piece at the New York magazine site:
Backed by their own wing of the book-publishing industry and supported by think tanks that increasingly function as public-relations agencies, conservatives have built a whole alternative knowledge system, with its own facts, its own history, its own laws of economics.
It took a bit of the googling to find the complete version of the truncated bit (1:50) shown on Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller site
Here’s the link to the full 4min 51sec video from the Matthews interview
In it, you will see Chris’s characteristic style of talking over other people when they are trying to ask questions. He has a rather large ego to say the least and often I find him unwatchable because of his habit of talking over others, even when I agree with what he is saying.
The full video gives a bit of context to the shortened version linked to in the original post – it comes across as the “political insider” giving advice to the President. Some of it strikes me as Chris wanting people to think that he has some super special inside connections and some of it as heartfelt. Matthews feels the President, as others on the left have also noted, has failed to live up to his promises of Change in America by not promoting the more left-leaning aspects of the program. When those on the right accuse the President of being too radical, of being a Marxist – people on the left just shake their heads over the delusion.
So yes, many who supported the President have lost their enthusiasm that helped Barack Obama win in 2008 – BUTT, they sure ain’t gonna vote for any of the clowns presently running for the Republican nomination. They’ve lost enthusiasm because the President hasn’t gone far enough in promoting those actions that would bring the country’s economy back; they feel he hasn’t stood up to the blatant obstructionism of the right. Obstructionism exemplified by Minority Leader McConnell’s stated goal, “Making Obama A One-Term President Is My Single Most Important Priority”
When one party is more concerned with regaining the Oval Office than it is with working toward improving the economy and the other party has way too many members who care more about personal income and power than they do about holding to any principles – well, we have the present situation of negativism inside and outside the Beltway