MSNBC host Chris Matthews didn’t wait until his own show to start yelling on Friday, instead appearing as a panelist on Chris Jansing’s program where he called Obama’s reelection effort “pissant,” and shouted down what he said was another guest’s, “idiot Republican argument.”
Matthews begins the segment on Jansing & Co. with a strong critique of how Obama should take bolder action on the economy to distance himself from Republicans.
“He’s got to be aggressive. He’s got to be big time. Stop this nickel and dime, ‘a couple bucks for the teachers. A couple bucks for the firefighters. I’m going to reduce the payroll tax,’” Matthews said. “This is pissant. You can’t get reelected with tactics. He needs a strategy. Which is, ‘we’re different from the Republicans.”‘
As the conversation turned to the economy in general, fellow panelist and former Deputy Press Secretary to George W. Bush, Tony Fratto, began to argue that people want the private sector and not the government to, “take the lead.”
“It hasn’t. It has failed, and it keeps failing,” Matthews interrupted. As he and Fratto talked over each other, Matthews claimed that the private sector was purposefully withholding its money to keep the economy stagnant and to hurt the president’s reelection campaign.
“The private sector will spend money if they think they’re going to get a return,” Fratto responded.
Matthews, again, cut him off.
“Okay, here’s the idiot Republican argument,” Matthews said. “If you’d just give them a bigger tax cut than Bush gave them.”
After some more squabbling and a brief interjection from Jansing, Matthews appealed to his fellow MSNBC host to get one more word in.
“I feel like I’m teaching first grade here,” Matthews said. “What do you think Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce does for a living representing American business? He gets Republicans elected. Business and the Republican party are the same thing.”
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