On MSNBC, as Gov. Bobby Jindal was walking out to deliver the Republican response to Barack Obama's speech, Democrat hack Chris Matthews muttered, "Oh God."
Surely, it wasn't said in a moment of ecstasy. He had no "thrill going up [his] leg" as Gov. Jindal was about to speak.
I say "Oh God" to Matthews' "Oh God."
TV Newser reports that Matthews has responded, offering some of what Matthews will say when addressing the matter on Hardball later today.
MATTHEWS: I was taken aback by that peculiar stagecraft, the walking from somewhere in the back of this narrow hall, this winding staircase looming there, the odd anti-bellum look of the scene. Was this some mimicking of a president walking along the state floor to the East Room?
That is SO lame.
Obama's Invesco Field temple was beyond peculiar.
It's hilarious that Matthews would accuse Jindal of mimicking a president when Obama used a mock presidential seal when he was just a candidate. Obama trotted around the globe pretending to be president back in July 2008 BEFORE he was officially declared the Democrat Party's nominee.
"Oh God," indeed.
Matthews continues to marginalize himself as a journalist. The man is incapable of doing hard news.
TV Newser also points out that Matthews is being criticized for using "outsource" when discussing Jindal being chosen to deliver the response.
Jindal is an Indian-American whose parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1970.
In every area that was touched on, they had to get an outside guy. They had to outsource the response tonight, the Republican party. They had to outsource it to someone who had nothing to do with Congress because the Republicans in Congress had nothing to do with the programs he was talking about tonight or the record he referred to.
It's nothing new for Chris Matthews to employ ethnic slurs and stereotypes.
Remember how Matthews mocked Joe Lieberman during his 2006 run for the Senate?
Comparing Lieberman and Ned Lamont, Matthews said:
The body language of the two is so different. You have this very wasp-y fellow, Lamont, very calm, very casual, very St. Paul's almost in the prep school sense, Lieberman of course is the schmaltzy ethnic guy, the Uncle Tonoose, you know, the guy that's very much kind of lachrymose in his almost postnasal drip voice of his, but he doesn't look happy.
I don't know why MSNBC sticks with Matthews. He's such an embarrassment.
I guess that does make him a perfect fit for the low-rated, audience-challenged MSNBC.