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I must say I enjoyed Chris Matthews berating the pusillanimous Republican



As much as I LOVE seeing a republican get verbally abused on national television, I do honestly think there was an unfair microscope on this shmuck.

Ask McCain these questions, ask Palin, even though we're unlikely to get a straight answer, perhaps some people will see it and think. I may have too much faith in the American people, but whatever, I'm not well known for my optimism.

And for a party that likes to tout themselves as "straight talkers," it's become increasingly hard to get a real answer from the republicans these days.

"All Barack Obama wants to do is raise taxes".. this is the response from Republicans to any question on the economy for which they have no answer. They know that the Republicans are responsible for the current problems, so they're only response is their mantra that Obama/Democrats want to raise taxes. Never mind that McCain has flip flopped on this issue in order to please his right-wing base.

McCain campaign commercial, January 2000

There’s one big difference between me and the others, I won’t take every last dime of the surplus and spend it on tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy.”

“I am disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee preferred instead to cut the top tax rate of 39.6% to 36%, thereby granting generous tax relief to the wealthiest individuals of our country at the expense of lower- and middle-income American taxpayers.”

“But when you look at the percentage of the tax cuts that, as the previous tax cuts, that go to the wealthiest Americans, you will find that the bulk of it, again, goes to wealthiest Americans.”

This is an issue that you have made clear is very important to you.

No matter what anyone says, the Republicans reply, "All Barack Obama wants to do is raise taxes", knowing that the only people who will have their taxes raised per Obama's plan are those people making more than $250,000.

Chris Matthews feels bad that he goosed stepped behind GWB re Iraq and the lies that Hussein had WMD and that Iraq/Hussein had strong ties to Al Qaeda/Bin Laden, and so now he is making up for his sins from the past. At least Matthews has a conscience.

Waxler is a strong advocate for the Democrats and I wish that more Democrats were as as strong and forthright as Waxler is. Waxler does not assume the fetal position as do too many Democrats.

Also, McCain and the Republicans have always been against regulation of any corporations and now suddenly they've seen the light? Yeah, right.

This is the second time I have seen Matthews come down on a Republican - his interview with Nancy Pfotenhauer was the other one.

And then, Megyn Fox and Tucker Bounds was really freaky.

Someone commenting on the Fox interview said it means end of days....

While I enjoyed watching Matthews trounce the republican, I would prefer not seeing the republican at all.

The media needs to stop giving these guys air time. They constantly use any air time to say the exact same lies. It doesn't matter what the topic is, these people stick to a stump speech and try to lie as much as possible in hopes that someone believe it.

I think next time someone is having an interview with a republican and they say "Obama will raises taxes on everyone". The person should just be cut off and the interviewer should say "We apologize but that person is lying and that is something we will not tolerate lies"

pusillanimus: good vocab

wow, i followed your link jillbryant2003 and have to say that tucker bounds is such a douche.

Did you see the one he did with Campbell Brown? I think it will um, give you the same opinion...There's a transcript and a video here

It has nothing to do with 'restoring confidence'. I imagine that I am not alone in saying that I have had no confidence for quite some time. To paraphrase, 'the harder I work, the behinder I get'. You just want to get the rich folks to play again - suck more blood out of the American people.

Take this cup away from me, I'm really sick of the koolaid.

Eric Cantor from Virginia is so full of shit I can smell it all the way here in Toronto.

El_Sifu, I appreciate your passion, but what you propose is totally unrealistic. The McCain/Palin campaign will NEVER let EITHER of them be questioned by ANYONE the way that Cantor was questioned by Matthews. And Akira, it is in no way better to "not see a Republican at all," notwithstanding what you would rather see. Realism here people! We have an election to win! And it is heartening to see a foot soldier for McCain squirm pusillanimously like that on national TV, and to see Wexler be forthright and honest sounding. Bring it on, I say! Thanks for the clip, Norm.

Geesh, the republican guy keeps evading every question...

i can't stand either of their voices. like cats squealing because the chalk squeaking on the board is driving them crazy.

here's another video of that tucker bounds guy making a fool of himself

this should confirm that he is, indeed, a douche

Even bush is moving away from deregulation now. Personally I would just settle for more transparency.

I love the way he tried to lean on the 'family' mantra. He must of said it 15 times. He even referred to 9/11 while throwing in a 'commander in chief'. How the hell did that dude get elected?

If we get more of the same when Bush is finally out, things are gonna get pretty dreary. It's as if they want to see a depression again.

what a buffoon that republican is. I can understand Chris's frustration, those are all very fair questions to ask given the circumstances. He didn't answer a thing directly, and didn't even address the Phil Gramm problem but rather just mimicked the "john mccain has been a reformer" lie

It's fun to see Matthews go off on someone, but he was mainly badgering Cantor the whole time. "Do you accept responsibility for the crisis?! I won't let you get away with not accepting responsibility!" Poor Cantor, though, he couldn't say anything about what McCain would do, because what few ideas he does have change from day to day.

Wexler is exactly right--McCain and Gramm were the big champions of exactly what led to this mess. If anything McCain has more to do with it than Bush. McCain wants credit for his experience in chairing the Commerce committee, which oversees "the whole economy", but doesn't want any blame for current problems!


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