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NewsReal Sunday: Confusing My Religion: Chris Matthews Genuflects Before the Altar of Politics

October 4, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I noted that Chris Matthews was confusing the sacred and the profane by calling a joint session of Congress with the President, “a sacramental, religious experience.”  He ended this week with another wholly (holy?) inappropriate analogy to faith.

In a giddy performance that eclipsed even his usual caffeinated personality, (he would later in the broadcast gush when discussing David Letterman’s sex scandal, “I love all entertainers!”) Matthews seemed almost weak-kneed with joy at landing MSNBC’s hero of the week, Rep. Alan “Republicans want you to die” Grayson.  The tingle from his leg was running all the way up to his mouth.

MATTHEWS: Sir I have to hand it to you I think you are a Martin Luther!

Say WHAT?  “Here I stand” this isn’t:

It was an odd praise coming from a supposed Catholic, even a lapsed one… but that wasn’t the end of mangled historical references:

MATTHEWS: I remember being over there when the Berlin wall fell down with my old colleague John McLachlan and he said, “How did Luther know he could stand up against the Church?” and this is an old Jesuit talking. How did you know you could stand up to the Republicans the real clowns out there, well we could start with Limbaugh and the rest of them, and you know the whole crowd, what’s his name—Beck– the rest of them, how come you knew the way to beat these guys is to put them on defense?

Grayson, grinning ear to ear, and clearly proud—and full– of himself, accepted the accolade without embarrassment and gave an appropriately sanctimonious answer:

GRAYSON: Because they’re bullies, a bully always backs down don’t we all know that?  That’s what happened here.

Really?  I haven’t noticed anyone backing down from Alan Grayson.  I’ve heard ridicule.  I’ve heard liberals back away from his comments.  I’ve seen Democrats on the defensive trying to explain by Grayson saying Republicans want you to die and are responsible for an “American Holocaust” is not as bad as Joe Wilson blurting out “You lie.”

I’ve seen Republicans jump on the chance to sway Independents by protesting Grayson’s extreme rhetoric.  As Ben Johnson pointed out in a recent post, even Newsweek’s uber-lib Jonathan Alter thought the rant was not appropriate.  (I haven’t seen the usual suspects who generally jump on any trivializing of the word “holocaust” have anything to say here, however.)

What is not in evidence is that Alan Grayson accomplished anything other than to be a constant presence on MSNBC for 2 days.

Chrissy did not really ask anything of substance in the segment, it was more of a Tiger Beat fan club affair, like a teenaged girl in the 70s getting her chance to chance to interview Donny Osmond.  So, we got probing questions like: “Did you get any mean looks from the Republicans like Boehner… by the way Beohner, doesn’t Boehner look like a golfer who has just blown to put all the time?  Doesn’t he?”

Wow.

It may be just a coincidence, but the most famous person to misapply the notion of what’s  “holy” was named Grayson…

Maybe Chris was just auditioning for the part of Robin in Batman Retires: The Case of the Missing Medicare.

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16 Comments
  1. Douglas permalink
    October 4, 2009 5:45 pm

    Wholly entertaining, Dave.

  2. Gene Mierzejewski permalink
    October 4, 2009 10:47 pm

    Holy Forsmark, Dave! If Chris Matthews were a Batman TV show villain, would he play the Piddler? An irrelevant man whose secret superpower is exuding urine down his pants leg, causing a tingle that brings him to ecstasy?

  3. Kevroc permalink
    October 5, 2009 1:01 am

    I like the fact that Matthews is on the air. You can weed out the toolboxes among your friends just by finding out they watch him.

    I mean really, is there any reason to pay attention to this guy?

  4. keithstir permalink
    October 5, 2009 1:53 am

    Mr.Mathews is a loon. Offers no significant dialogue.

    His reactions on some of his media clips makes me wonder if a picture of J.Edgar Hoover is not hanging in his closet.

  5. AlaskanInfidel permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:18 am

    I’m not the least bit surprised at the religious references. Ha he not been called the Obamessiah? The One? Mostly in jest but… Consider the recent video of those imploring Obama to save them in a prayerful manner, with one leading and others repeating the chorus,”Deliver us Obama.”
    http://vodpod.com/watch/2257967-i-never-believed-obama-was-the-antichrist-but-this-is-scary
    I doan know about the anti-Christ thing but…this is sick as can be.
    Of all religious related groups out there, Obama is most popular with…atheists. And Communists are???
    I just know owe thing for sure. The majority of the members of the MSM are guilty of treason. If Jill and Joe America had known that Obamas parents were both Communists and all the rest of the radical crap this creep brings with him, they might have taken a closer look at the man instead of the packaging.

    • David Forsmark permalink
      October 5, 2009 6:38 am

      Oh, man, the longer that tape goes on, the more obvious it is they are saying Oh God, not Obama. The first few are muddled with too many syllables as the crowd isn’t in sync, but after about 3 times, it’s not even arguable. Listen to it instead of reading the subtitles and let’s try to stay away from being infected with ODS.

      • Evangeline permalink
        October 5, 2009 8:03 am

        http://www.gamaliel.org/default.htm
        The original video can be found here. They have also posted the script for the “bidding prayer” used in that liturgy. I think the prayer itself is objectionable.

        If you would like to know how Martin Luther “knew he could stand against the church,” the truth will be found in history. Many before him had been burned at the stake. Look up John Hus. Luther was convinced he would meet the same fate. Here is his testimony:

        “Unless I am convicted [convinced] of error by the testimony of Scripture or (since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Pope or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves) by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted [convinced] by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us.

        On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.”
        http://www-personal.ksu.edu/~lyman/english233/Luther-Diet_of_Worms.htm

        Have we any heroes, ready to stand for conscience?

        • David Forsmark permalink
          October 5, 2009 8:39 am

          Oh, I’m definitely NOT arguing the prayer isn’t over the top, and if my pastor used a responsive reading prayer for purely political purposes, I’d be ticked. On the other hand, if people think their cause is just, praying in a group for its success is not wrong per se…

          And you’re right, I had meant to point out that Luther did NOT know he would be successful or even survive his taking a stand. I was just carried away by the sheer folly and ridiculousness of the rest of their conversation.

          Good post! Hope to hear from you again.

  6. Bud permalink
    October 5, 2009 2:28 am

    Mr. [Chrissy] Matthews is not only loony-tunes, but he is scary. I mean a man who gets thrills up his leg so often from the lefties has to be a weirdo. do you reckon he urinates on himself when these thrills come up her [his] leg? couldn’t resist that one.

  7. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 5, 2009 5:21 am

    Bud I am sure he is wearing Depends ever since the corination of MoBama. Is Mathews still on the air? Really?

  8. Judy permalink
    October 5, 2009 12:44 pm

    Matthews and Grayson, two irrelevant dolts devoid of intellect and reason, vie for the title as the most childish and immature on camera, recorded for generations to chuckle at. Mr. Grayson, just a brief word about pride. The distance between the boastful pride that you demonstrate and a fall flat on you face can be a very short distance.

    • Kevroc permalink
      October 5, 2009 10:44 pm

      I was crushed when I learned of Grayson’s comments regarding Republicans and healthcare. Grayson held a special little place in my heart after letting Bernenke have it.

      Here is a wonderful clip of that moment. In this thread we ask why do we have Matthews… well, here’s a bigger question… why do we have the Fed! Anyway, enjoy this one…

  9. Joseph White permalink
    October 5, 2009 8:54 pm

    You are forgetting that for liberals, socialism and government functions are their religion. It’s evidenced by the force conscription of elementary school kids to sing songs of praise to Obama the god.

    Or is it politics that’s religious to them? Who knows, but I don’t think they’ve set foot in a real church in 20 years.

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