Chris Matthews Likes Devastating Storms So Long as They Help Democrats Win Elections

This is what happens when a lousy mind pairs up with a damaged soul:

Behold harsh words for Matthews. And they are entirely merited:

Is there a smaller, more unprincipled man in the national political debate than Chris Matthews of MSNBC?

No, there is not.

Bereft of decency and devoid of soul, what mattered most for Matthews is that his candidate — in this case, President Obama — somehow was boosted over the top.

And if millions of his fellow citizens encounter appalling deprivations along the way — well, to Matthews, they’re just eggs to be broken for the Obama omelet.

[. . .]

“The storm brought in possibilities for good politics,” he added — referencing polls suggesting Sandy gave Obama a critical jolt.

Never mind the 100-plus deaths.

Never mind the destruction.

Never mind the tens of thousands still huddled without heat or power on Staten Island. Or Breezy Point. Or the Rockaways and Coney Island.

Matthews says he grew up on the Jersey Shore — as savagely hit by Sandy as any region along its devastating path.

Empathy?

From this pinched little man?

Hardly.

Perhaps just as scary as the comments is the fact that two days after they were made, there has been no apology for them either from Matthews or from MSNBC. Heaven forbid that the network actually grow a spine and denounce Matthews for his despicable and horrifyingly dumb statement . . . right before firing him.

Which makes me wonder: Does MSNBC think that its viewers approve of these kinds of statements? Because if there is a viewer market for comments wishing death and destruction on a significant portion of the United States just so long as Democrats are allowed to look politically good in the aftermath, then a good part of the country deserves to be committed to an insane asylum.

Perhaps we can build one on another planet. Anything to get such people away from the rest of us.

UPDATE: From the comments, I am informed that Matthews has indeed apologized. The countdown to his next jaw-droppingly horrible statement officially begins. As for me, I don’t forgive him. Matthews has done enough in his public career for me to stand by what I wrote about him, and to stand by my endorsement of what the New York Post wrote about him. And again, the opprobrium that is and should be heaped on Matthews ought to be heaped as well on the leadership at MSNBC, who long ago made clear that they don’t have the intelligence or the moral integrity to fumigate the network by firing Matthews.

  1. Indaba

    The hating needs to stop. Chris treats America like a sport shooting where he blasts mindlessly, leaving a bloody trail, does not eat what he kills and then calls everyone else killers of the environment. He should stop and look in the mirror once in a while and see how he is contributing to a hateful environment.

    When he sat behind Romney at the Al Smith dinner, I tried to think of one sentence that Chris has added to my knowledge or understanding of America, of life or of the future. He is such a forceful, magnetic personality and just think what he could have added to the country’s dialogue. 

    It is a great privileged to be on the TV screens of the world – I am in Canada, yet I see him.  What a wasted opportunity to show his positive side and his positive views about America. He must have some.

    Instead, I found myself being absorbed in the thought of what a spiteful creature he presents ,and why has his Catholic faith not contributed to bringing forward one virtue? What about the virtue that Romney modeled that evening - finding the positive and building a happier America.

  2. RightinChicago

    I’d say there are about 60,652,238 people that belong in an insane asylum.

  3. PJS

    I did hear an apology from him on the radio this morning, so he has apologized.  But that doesn’t excuse him.

  4. Esau

    In all fairness, Matthews has apologized on air for this statement. Here’s the link to Yahoo News story.

    Chris Matthews Apologizes for ‘Stupid’ Sandy Comment

  5. Esau

    I have no problem regarding your or the Post’s comments on Matthews character.

  6. bagehot99

    He didn’t apologize because he thinks what he said was wrong, he’s apologized because he got called out. Nobody who would say such a thing in the first place should be able to walk it back just by mouthing the words ‘sorry’.

    I’m looking at how forgiving everybody was toward Todd Akin (an amateur and idiot, who cost us 2 Senate seats). That’s right: not fogiving at all. And rightfully so.

  7. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    I updated the post. I think I used les mots justes to describe my response to Matthews “apology.”

  8. S

    Your point about another planet is apt. America was founded by people fleeing tyranny and moving to a new frontier. We continued to expand westward in search of freedom and opportunity. Then, we hit the Pacific Ocean. The Progressive movement began shortly thereafter. There has been no place to run since.

  9. dittoheadadt

    If I’m not mistaken his comments were before the election and his apology was after. What that means, to me anyway, is that the apology is meaningless and insincere.

  10. DrewInWisconsin

    MSNBC firing Matthews would start them on their way to legitimacy. But it would only be a start. They have at least a dozen more of his calibre to go.

  11. Tired Pappy

    I’m generally forgiving of a person when they say something stupid on live TV so I shake my head and give Matthews a pass but if this were a conservative commentator you know the so-called objective journalists would be pounding this story through the weekend.

  12. BlueAnt

    Destruction and death? No big deal, as long as it helps The Cool Guy get elected.

    Now if he had said the hurricane was sent by God for some purpose… hoo boy, THAT would get him in some real trouble.

  13. Jude

    I am so freaking tired of national leadership being based on who is hip and what is cool. I swear I honestly believe that most of my liberal friends who voted for Obama did it because they wanted to be one of the cool kids.

    edit: removed dicey acronym 

  14. James Gawron

    Pejman,

    This should be part of the consevative training video “Why We Fight”.  Turning a mass human tragedy into a photo-op for conniving politicians is “Good Politics”.  This from, theoretically, a leading liberal pundit.

    Lick’em Tomorrow.

    Regards,

    Jim

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