Chris Matthews Doesn’t Get Jon Ossoff

There’s been a lot of Democrat and media handwringing in the aftermath of Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, but one pundit is looking at defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff through a unique lens.

Chris Matthews admitted on his MSNBC show Wednesday that he simply doesn’t get Jon Ossoff. For Matthews, Ossoff’s muddled message was a sticking point.

“It seems to me that there was a lot of progressive hype about a guy who wasn’t running as a progressive, which is another interesting twist to this,” Matthews said. “He was running on basically, let’s get together and be normal or something.”

“I don’t know what the hell he was selling. He wasn’t selling much,” he said.

I can’t help but wonder if other Democrats thought the same thing. When we have leftists calling for Democrats to run further left in a district like GA-6, it’s painfully obvious that Ossoff’s message either didn’t make sense or just didn’t get out there for the public to hear.

It’s clear that Jon Ossoff has the potential to be a player on the political stage for a long time to come, for better or worse. His “I’ll be whatever you want me to be,” blank-canvas campaign may have won him some votes this time, but he’s going to have to make his message crystal clear to have staying power.

Later on in the segment, Matthews turns his confusion and mockery on his guests, calling them out for playing the game that both parties play: a win is a major triumph, while a defeat is abject disaster.

“If it went for Ossoff, you would be jumping up and down, saying how great a victory it was, right? Come on, you’re smiling. I know you’re smiling. I know how people play politics. If you lose, ‘oh, no, big thing.’ If you win, ‘yay!’ I mean, which is it?” Matthews asked.

Kudos to Chris Matthews for calling it like he sees it. We give him a hard time – and rightly so – for sticking blindly close to the talking points, but when he diverts from them, he can be a terrific pundit.

Check out the full video here:

Chris Matthews: Ivanka & Jared Kinda Sorta Like Uday & Qusay

In a way, I feel sorry for Chris Matthews.  From that brief, shining moment on election night when he was all but certain Hillary Clinton would win, he’s tumbled all the way down to crooning “The Thrill (Up My Leg) Is Gone” with the house band down at the Blue Note.  Still, you have to admire him for trying to keep spirits up over at MSNBC, where on Monday he bantered with POLITICO’s Annie Karni over the new power couple at the White House:

“You know, we kid,” he said, “I kid about everything, but Uday and Qusay working for Saddam Hussein – you couldn’t go to a restaurant and have eye contact with those guys without getting killed.”

 

“These people are really powerful,” he explained, “imagine getting into a fight in the office with Jared [Kushner] or Ivanka [Trump], they have enormous power, and they’re always gonna be there.”

 

“This is what I worry about for other people in the White House,” Karni responded. “Ivanka Trump has been described as her father’s eyes and ears on the ground. That’s a little scary if you’re just a regular White House staffer.”

Yep, he just compared Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law to the Hussein brothers.  You know, Uday–who once beat a bodyguard to death at a party with a baseball bat–and Qusay, who instigated the genocide of the Marsh Arabs after the first Gulf War.  With that kind of gift of metaphor, it’s easy to see how Matthews once landed a job as a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter.

Ivanka, meanwhile, recently posted this on Instagram:

Yeah, that really must have the White House staffers quaking in their boots.

Ham-handed comparisons aside, the concern that President Trump is handing too much influence over to family members is actually a legitimate one.  The problem is that Matthews and Karni have buried that point in a heapin’ helpin’ of partisanship with a side of hypocrisy.  Whatever fears White House staffers might have of crossing Jared or Ivanka pale in comparison to the kind of terror Hillary Clinton inflicted as she prowled the halls of the West Wing as First Lady–and yet we don’t hear anything about that, even though Hillary for all intents and purposes served as an unelected co-president.  And if nepotism is such a concern, why didn’t Matthews raise an objection when NBC hired Chelsea Clinton as a part-time fluff reporter for $600 grand a year?  Or are patronage jobs are just the norm at his network?

From the looks of things, Donald Trump is running his White House the same way he ran his private business–and that includes giving jobs to the people closest to him, some of whom are members of his family.  He wouldn’t be the first person in politics to do this, nor will he be the last, so Matthews and his ilk can stop pretending that this is anything unusual (unless they’d like to start beating up on Jack Kennedy for hiring brother Bobby as his attorney general).  Instead, might I suggest they concentrate on making sure that all of those hires are above board and keeping tabs on the work they’re doing?  Not only would this be a public service, it would be incentive for the administration to keep everything on the up-and-up.

That sounds an awful lot like what reporters are supposed to do.

Hell Hath Frozen Over: Chris Matthews and a NYT Reporter Explained in 93 Seconds Why Millions Back Trump

Last night, in a spontaneous and fast-moving exchange, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and a New York Times reporter explained exactly why millions of American voters trust Donald Trump.

Via Real Clear Politics, Yamiche Alcindor seemed to denigrate the idea pushed by Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — and, frankly, conservatives and leftists in general — that there is media bias intended to “rig this election” or “don’t want to cover the real issues…” Alcindor briefly mentioned “value judgments” that are made by reporters, and Matthews pounced:

“Do you know anybody, Yamiche, at The New York Times who’s pro-life?”

Alcindor dodged, saying that she’s “not asked my co-workers that question.” Matthews pounced again:

“That’s cute. You’re making your point.”

To her credit, Alcindor wasn’t thrown off her game. She said a Trump supporter once called the GOP presidential nominee a “blue-collar billionaire.” She described that as “powerful,” noting that “people really are believing that he is the voice for them, and that’s something that’s really powerful.”

Moments later, Matthewes compared Trump to Frank Sinatra, saying, that Trump “doesn’t look like he was born to” wealth.

And that’s exactly it. I’m still #NeverTrump, but the disenfranchisement of millions of people is exactly why Sanders and Trump have done so well.