Chris Matthews is Clueless to Understand Bernie’s Revolution
Last night Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball show, did an hour-long interview with presidential aspirant Senator Bernie Sanders. Clearly Matthews could no more understand the concept of revolution as the Senator tried to explain his revolution to him, no more so than Matthews, a long time political insider, could be expected to comprehend the dynamics that has allowed Donald Trump, a combination one time liberal and con man billionaire, to run off with today’s ultraconservative Republican Party.
Repeatedly in his typically, irritating, disruptive machinegun style of questioning, Matthews tried to pin down old Bernie as to just how, if elected president, he expected to compel the House and Senate to go along with his radical proposals. Indeed, Matthews keep badgering the Senator to give him at least one practical example — in light of the way the political system is currently organized — of how he could possibly get the ball rolling his way. Either Matthews was playing dumb or he really is clueless to understand that with revolutions the old rules fly out the window.
One can imagine Matthews interviewing the Founding Fathers and General Washington in 1776. “Come on guys. Get real here. Do you really think that you can unite a bunch of squabbling colonies, and using a part time, ragtag army of famers and shopkeepers take on and defeat the most powerful empire and military machine the world has ever seen? How’s that possible? I mean give me an example of how you can possibly win a single battle let alone a full-blown war.” And of course we all know how that impossibility worked out.
The bottom line is that establishment types like Chris Matthews are always caught flatfooted to comprehend the next revolution.