The only way Putz and his buddy Hugh Hewitt deal with critics of the war and the President these days is to attack them personally. John Murtha is a "disgrace." John Kerry is a traitor and an embarrassment. Fellow conservatives who dare challenge Bush’s prosecution of the war are “flip-floppers”, “180s”, and embittered "Bush-haters."
Now, Chris Matthews, even though he’s frequently lavished praise on the President, and has admitted on the air that he voted for Bush, is now deemed insane and incoherent because he’s criticized Bush's foreign policy.
A CHRIS MATTHEWS MELTDOWN: Transcript and audio available here. He has a rather shaky grasp of reality, judging by these comments. I can't do better than quote Don Imus's observation: "That is really just an...that is just an absurd, ridiculous position. I'm just...I'm almost embarrassed that you've said that.
"UPDATE: Indeed: "When next the elders of the MSM tribe gather to moan the loss of civility in politics, I hope somebody brings along this tape." Though the problem is less a lack of civility than a lack of coherence.
And Putz fails to mention here that Imus is a Lieberman supporter.
Some other choice exchanges not mentioned in Putz's post:
Matthews: I think Condi Rice went over there yesterday with the Israeli demands. She didn't have the American demands... It's like we don't have an independent role in the world now. …There's Condi Rice. It's a joke. They know we're just there as a friend of
DI: Well, you're absolutely right about that…
Matthews: At some point, you've just got to say we're not getting anywhere here. This president is so commited to his neocon philosophy, whatever you want to call it, this point of view which is always right wing. It's always fight, never negotiate, invade, then hold elections so we can lose the election, and then talk to our enemy. They never talked to
DI: I had a conversation with Andrea Mitchell yesterday, from there, she just landed in
CM: If you vote for Lieberman, he's not going to change his position. He's going to be for the war, and he's...and the president will be...the first phone call he gets will be from Bush saying congratulations, Joe, for hanging in there, and that's pretty much his problem. He's gotten connected to this president.
DI: Yeah, but I mean, if you listen to Lieberman out on the campaign trail, and in that debate and so on, I mean, there's a lot of...he's 180 degrees from the President on almost every other issue, other than his idiotic position on the war. But I mean, my position is it's not enough reason to throw the guy out of office, because he's made the unfortunate mistake of supporting this ridiculous war.
CM: Well, it's not a mistake. It's not a youthful indiscretion. Look, he's where he stands. He's further right than the President, probably.