CHRIS MATTHEWS: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that —
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!
MATTHEWS: Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.
SCARBOROUGH: Your job is the make this presidency work?
MATTHEWS: To make this work successfully. This country needs a successful presidency.
On some level, Matthews has a point. When the time of crisis comes, and it will come for Barack Obama as surely as it’s come for every other President, I think it’s fair to say that every American will want him to handle it successfully. To say otherwise, to say that you’d want Barack Obama to fail in, say, a confrontation with Russia or Iran, is to effectively say you’d want your country to fail just so you could prove a political point.
But I think Matthews meaning quite obviously goes beyond that.
And, you know, how is anything Matthews has said all that different from the constant shilling for Republicans we see from Fox News. That’s one of the reasons that I find both MSNBC and Fox News to be, at times, thoroughly unwatchable.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. So, you know, spare me the faux outrage.
H/T: Yankee Philip