Now-Congressman David Jolly’s narrow defeat over Democrat Alex Sink in Florida last week has MSNBC’s Chris Matthews worried. In the only pants-wettingly funny way he knows how, Chris Matthews announced his latest fears to the five people who watch his show saying, “You constantly hear Republicans saying we gotta cut entitlements.” “Entitlements,” Matthews asked, “if you look at them are Social Security and Medicare mainly and yet they keep saying we gotta cut back on government? We gotta cut back on all this safety net entitlement stuff and yet they don’t pay a price for it politically.”
“I am determined [Republicans] pay a price for their words, like every politician should,” Matthews said.
“It seems to me that Democrats better be focusing on what Republicans are promising to do. On issues like choice, on issues like voter suppression. Or they are going to get their asses handed to them in November,” Matthews continued.
“Alex Sink, [inaudible] the election in Florida. This week. The Big test election [for Obamacare]. She went in there with an idea of compromise, let’s work across the aisle. Let’s try to get things … we saw the commercials. We showed them. [Sink] also said ‘Obamacare isn’t perfect, it’s gotta be fixed, i’m not going to hold the line and say everything is great.’ But that point of view, which was so darn reasonable and good for the country’s long haul, is exploited on the other side because they come in like Demolition Derby. They say we are getting rid of everything. You people are all weak. We got a strong view. Back to religious values. Get rid of all government. And we hate Obama. That simple, black and white. What do you call it? That simple Manichaean view of the world seems to be the softer more sensible view of the world that you got from Alex Sink,” Matthews finished.
I imagine Chris Matthews does his TV show wearing adult diapers. There’s just no way this guy isn’t constantly peeing all over himself when he’s on the air.
But I digress.
Matthews is dead wrong in his description of the GOP’s and David Jolly’s campaign rhetoric. And that’s not me defending the Republican party. Had David Jolly gone out on the campaign trail and said–as Matthews claims he did–that if elected to Congress he would “get rid of everything, you people are all weak, Republicans are getting rid of all government, and Republicans hate Obama, vote for me, I’m David Jolly and I approve this message,” there’s no way he would have defeated Alex Sink.
But Chris Mathews was right about one thing. The Florida special election race last week was “the big test” for Democrats to see how they could weather the massive crap-storm called Obamacare. It was the big test, and they lost.
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