Every time I think Chris Matthews can’t dig a hole any deeper, he just keeps digging. Matthews doing his instant analysis right after the speech is downright verklempt about the reception the President got at West Point. No cheering, no gushing, very quiet. Why nothing like the campaign. Why, do those cadets know who was addressing them? Too much for Chris who takes those young cadets to task.
Jim Geraghty tweeted on this one right after the speech
Chris Matthews has lost his f***ing mind: “He went to the enemy camp tonight, to make the case.”
and Katherine Jean Lopez has the video over at National Review.
Poor Chris. It’s West Point, not a DC party. They’re officers in the making, not Obamabots. Time to pin a name tag on this guy and leave him at the dog track.
AP over at Hot Air is a little kinder than I am.
All he meant, I take it, is that the current commander-in-chief might not be Mr. Popularity among the presumably hawkish, right-leaning majority of cadets. But when your mouth is bigger than your brain, this is what happens.
I am the biggest AP fan on the planet, but on this he is too nice. Matthews indeed sees everything in political terms and in that regard West Point is the enemy camp.
Update: Matthews apologized at the beginning of tonight’s show. He had come under heavy pressure from … West Point alum. We’ll have video in an hour.
Update 2: Ok. Here it is and it is the lamest apology I have ever heard. It’s full of,”everyone knows I support the troops”, “what I meant was”, and “a West Point grad and a friend of mine.” At no point does he say the comment was not only wrong to say … it was flat out wrong. Sorry. This doesn’t cut it for me … but you folks have at it.
Added by Steve: I’d accept the apology. Here’s a transcript. Just note where Matthews’ head is (in general a liberal) and move along?
I used the wrong words and worse than that I said something that is just not right, for that I deeply apologize.