Chris Matthews, on Tuesday’s “Hardball,” ominously warned that the “activists on the radio,” are “gonna pay,” if “we have violence in this country against our president of any form,” for having “encouraged the craziness.” Matthews made that charge in a segment, with NBC News’ Chuck Todd and the Politico, that began by the MSNBC host wondering if the GOP was “jumping the shark,” with “these crazy town meetings,” and declared “the clown show is over.”
The following exchange was aired on the September 22 edition of “Hardball”:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about the Republicans. I noticed a little pullback on the, have they failed, are they feeling they’re jumping the shark, to use a television term, with these crazy town meetings? Have they felt, I saw the Eric Cantor meeting in Virginia the other day, he’s a smart guy. He wants to be president or whatever, some day. He’s smart enough to know, is he – I’m asking – that it’s time to cool it? That this crazy anti-government talk isn’t improving any body’s life. The clown show is over. It’s better now to look like you’re at least hopeful of getting a better health care plan for the country, even if you vote against it. Is that the Republican assessment right now? Based upon our polling?
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