As silly as Chrissy Matthews was, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas spiked the idiot meter after Matthews' slobbering tribute to his man-crush on last Friday's "Hardball."
"Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn't felt that way in recent years. So Obama’s had, really, a different task We're seen too often as the bad guys. And he – he has a very different job from – Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something – I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God."
Yep, he said it. Not only is Obama the smartest, wisest and coolest individual to ever live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he is now "God." He may stand above Evan Thomas, but Jeremiah Wright's protege does not stand above me. He is not God. If we were, he likely would have given more than 3% of his paycheck to charity.
Besides the stupidity of the deification of Obama, Thomas' analysis of the President's message is also faulty. Obama is not greater than his country. In fact, while his story could represent the American Dream, he rejects most of the traditions and beliefs that made this nation exceptional. I have news for Obama, Thomas and Chrissy Matthews: the United States IS superior to the rest of the world. No nation has contributed more of its blood and treasure to the betterment of those beyond its borders than the United States. Obama's equivalence of America to dictatorships and theocracies is not the sign of a bright new chapter in U.S. foreign policy. It is a sign that our President is either not aware or does not appreciate the unique contributions the United States has made to the advancement of freedom in the world.
The conversation between Matthews and Thomas focused on contrasting Reagan's Cold War approach and Obama's anti-antiterrorism policy.
MATTHEWS: Let's talk about the difference. He was talking about the evil empire, trying to reconcile with the people of Russia and the Soviet Union, but not the country. Barack Obama the other day was saying, yesterday, that we don't have an enemy out there per se. We have people who choose extremism, but Islam’s not our enemy. That's not the evil empire.
No, we don't have enemies. The governments that have declared us their enemies are really our friends. The truth is, radical Islam is far more dangerous than the Soviet Union. They don't need a government to enact terror against the world. They exist in every part of the world. If our President does not have the guts to call them "evil", we are truly in trouble.
THOMAS: But Reagan did it with a very – for the first term it was a clenched fist. I mean, we ramped up the cold war before we ramped it down. We built up our military. We – all of this D-day stuff was about war. That was about fighting.
And what is the Soviet Union up to these days? Oh yeah, Reagan helped put them out of business. "All of this D-Day stuff?" What is this imbecile talking about? In the real world, defeating an enemy is often necessary.
THOMAS: Reconciliation only after the fighting. That's not – Obama’s not doing that. Obama – we've had our fighting. Obama is trying to sort of tamper everything down. He doesn't even use the word terror. He uses extremism. He's all about let us reason together. I think he has a much tougher job, frankly, because-
MATTHEWS: What's his shtick? Reagan had the United States arms race, winning the arms race. And we had the threat of high frontier, we were going to beat the Soviets at technology.
THOMAS: I don't think he has – his shtick is he's the teacher. He's the teacher. He is going to say, ‘now, children, stop fighting and quarreling with each other.’ And he has a kind of a moral authority that he – he can – he can do that-
Why don't we just send Barney the Dinosaur on a diplomatic tour of the Muslim world? We are not at war with Islam, but in the name of their religion, there is a significant portion of Islam that is war against the United States. "The teacher?" Is this another Jesus reference? What moral authority? "Moral authority" may be the dumbest nonsensical phrase that Leftists use on a regular basis. It has no meaning at all. Because Obama fundamentally dislikes America he is willing to debase this nation as being no different than thuggish outposts of terrorism and oppression. That isn't moral authority; that's mental instability.
MATTHEWS: If there's a world election between him and Osama Bin Laden, he's running a good campaign.
THOMAS: Yes, he is.
That these two clowns could put ANY American President in a contest of moral equivalence with Osama Bin Laden is pathetic. The truth is, people like Chrissy Matthews and Evan Thomas hate Conservatives and Republicans, but are willing to offer tolerance to murderous animals who wish to kill Americans and make Israel disappear. The context of the daily "Lewinski" they perform on Obama is their hatred of George W. Bush and all things Conservative. That irrational anger was between every line of that insipid interview.
The good news, of course, is that Chris Matthews ratings can only be found under a high-power microscope.