I tuned in to the Washington Ideas Forum on C-Span recently to see Chris Matthews talking about Mitt Romney and the tea partiers. Matthews described Romney as a happy robot who has never had a bad day and who doesn’t hate anyone. He contrasted the tea partiers to Romney. Unlike him, according to Matthews, the tea partiers are continuing to fight the Civil War and have a problem with black people getting ahead in America.
What movement is Chris Matthews watching? And if he is right, then how can it be that Herman Cain is the candidate rising in the polls as tea partiers seek an alternative to Mitt Romney?
There was a time when Chris Matthews was one of the fairest commentators out there. He was a moderator for events at the Reagan Library. Though Matthews could be counted on to oppose the conservative agenda, he did so in a cheerful and reasonably charitable way.
Chris Matthews wrote some great books. Interesting books. Thoughtful books. Kennedy & Nixon was one of them. Hardball was another. You’ll get a lot more out of reading those than from listening to him these days.