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Chris Matthews: The Thrill is Gone


Chris Matthews now says President Obama is “intellectually lazy” and “listening to the same voices all the time” on MSNBC’s Hardball this week, mentioning Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama by name even.  Wow!  The thrill up the leg has subsided, I guess?

It’s one thing for one of your sycophant’s to say something under their breath during a commercial break or in the stall during quiet time, but right there with dozens of audience members listening?? You know, this kind of thing could really get Rachel Maddow upset – what does he think he’s doing?

“Let’s get tough here,” Matthews said… “Presidents should go out and look for people or else they get atrophied into that little world of people like Valerie [Jarrett] and Mrs. Obama and you’re just listening to the same voices all the time.”

Here’s a transcript:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let’s get tough here. Is this the problem of a second term that presidents get lazy, intellectually lazy, and cut off from the country and they start picking deputies for jobs instead of looking for the best people? The lazy thing to do is somebody leaves, you promote their deputy. This is, I think, part of the endemic problem of second terms. They don’t go out and mix with people, find new people, new hotshots to fill these jobs. They just keep promoting the person whose turn it is and they’re not as good as the person they picked the first time…

MATTHEWS: And before you get me accusing this president of being physically lazy. I think there is a social kind of laziness. Refusing to reach out and meet a lot new people and check a lot of possibilities. Don’t just go with the next person in line. And I really think this second term cabinet is not up to the first term cabinet because they never are. And you know that, Roger. They just never are.

Kennedy went out and met people like [Robert] McNamara and [Dean] Rusk and he went looking for them and he put them into the best slots he could. And he talked them into it, he recruited people he didn’t even know [and]he recruited them. Presidents should go out and look for people. They should be practicing affirmative action all the time in leading or else they get atrophied into that little world of people like Valerie [Jarrett] and Mrs. Obama and you’re just listening to the same voices all the time. 

I know it is a rigorous demand but it’s a real one. Or else you’re going to get smaller as your presidency goes on and therefore more vulnerable to surprises.

Then the other day, he bitched that Obama claimed it was “unlikely” that Ebola would reach the United States: “The president said it was unlikely two weeks ago. Well, it’s not the unlikely, it has happened. It’s here,” Matthews said. That leg is getting really lonely with no thrill, no chill and no bill of goods for miles ahead..

Poor Chris –


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