MSNBC host and leftist windbag Chris Matthews made headlines in 2008 in describing his over-the-top love affair with then-candidate Barack Obama.
“I felt this thrill going up my leg,” he said in response to Obama’s ability to speak. “I mean, I don’t have that too often.”
Though it might be rare, it seems another political heavyweight has captured Matthews’ affection. Following Tuesday’s elections, the host took to his network’s “Morning Joe” program to sing the praises of reelected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Lauding his ability to attract “Reagan Democrats,” Matthews said that residents of the state “want real people with blood in them,” adding that Christie’s attitude has paved the way for his political success.
“People love that stuff in New Jersey,” he said. “It’s real.”
The program featured several other glowing recommendations from similarly progressive talking heads – most notably Charlie Cook, publisher of the Cook Political Report.
Citing “testosterone coming out of every pore of his body,” he gushed over the Republican’s ability to irritate conservatives.
Cook said he “can’t wait to see in Iowa and New Hampshire some Tea Party type calling him a liberal,” noting he hopes to witness “Christie reaching down the guy’s throat and pulling his lungs out.
“I can’t wait to see that,” he added. “I will pay money to see that.”
It is obvious from a cursory review of election returns that Christie enjoys widespread popularity in his home state. Though his ability to reach across party lines to attract Democrat votes has served him well in the deep blue state of New Jersey, such moderation can easily be a detriment as his political aspirations widen.
The support of radical leftists like Chris Matthews and his ilk on MSNBC will only make the task of winning over conservatives that much more difficult.
–B. Christopher Agee
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