Matthews on the Tea Party: “They have guns, it’s scary.”

This is old, it’s tiring, and it’s really starting to tick me off. Chris Matthews with Andrea Mitchell yesterday afternoon is promoting his upcoming special on “The New Right” and the Tea Party. Mitchell gives him the chance to promote the show … and Matthews feeds right into the lefty paranoia machine. “They’ve got guns. It’s scary.”

I love the sound bites with the militia. I love the conflation. I love the way everyone in the Tea Party is framed as a group that wants to wrestle the government from the “enemy”, like the British? You have to watch to believe.


Update: Thanks for the link Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. GdavidH on June 10, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Yada, yada, yada.

      Do anyone other than bloggers and comics watch these tools anymore???

      Do they have any credibility???

    Anyone, even the leftys, has to be able to see through this propaganda tool.

  2. Plainvillian on June 10, 2010 at 4:46 am

    "When the government fears the people, there is liberty.  When the people fear their government, there is tyranny." – Thomas Jefferson.

    True then, true now.  Why do these people fear freedom?

  3. Anne-EH on June 10, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Could the liberal elitists be RUNNING SCARED about everyday Americans taking their country back? Pushback has STARTED!

  4. 11C40 on June 10, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Mathews doesn't like facts to get in the way.  He is an idiot.  The sad and scary thing about this is that there is enough of an audience that takes what he says as gospel.  Mathews and those like him on the left want there to be a violent confrontation.  Never let a crisis go to waste.  A situation like that could make a nice primer for a state of emergency.

    America needs to really wake up and get involved in what's going on before it is too late.

  5. Odonna on June 10, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Matthews doesn't understand the basic premise of this country of the People as Soveriegn, or the Constitution.

    The Supreme Court is a co-equal branch of government, never intended to become supreme over the other branches.  While it has become the practice and is convenient for the Court to rule upon the constitutionality of laws, it is the sovereign people who ultimately must decide, expressed through their participation and votes, the constitutionality of the actions of their representatives and public servants.  If this be not the case, the people will have ceased to be sovereign in this country.  That is not just my opinion, or a Tea Party opinion, that was the opinion of Abraham Lincoln, and also Thomas Jefferson.

    Lincoln expressed it best in his First Inaugural, referring to the horrendous Dred Scott decision:

    "…if the policy of the government upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal."


    • Dimsdale on June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

      You had me at "Matthews doesn't understand….."!

  6. winnie888 on June 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Really?  That much flaming attention paid to the Gadsden flag?

    Matthews is grasping at anything for a story and his little cohort across from him calling it "fascinating stuff" doesn't change the fact that it's serious crap.

    Jim, you have guns…you're scary…I'll be dutifully hiding under a blanket during the show tomorrow morning!  ha!  You keep tellin' us you can't make this stuff up and I'm starting to believe that truth is waaaaaaaaaaay stranger than fiction!

  7. Dimsdale on June 10, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hey Chris!  We also have the brains!


    When Chrissy gets scared, the (wet) tingle runs down his leg…..

  8. porschepete on June 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I paid my NRA membership?dues early this year.

  9. Dennis on June 11, 2010 at 4:00 am

    How can this idiot still be on TV? Progressives, such as Matthews, are so out of touch!

  10. Wind on June 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Matthews always amazes me with his timing. He praised the European transit system and what happens..the chunnel train breaks down along with others…I find it amusing to listen to him, ( not frequently..don't want to lose my mind),  to see  just how the progressive mind DOESN'T work. If you don't have a sense of humor we would all go mad. lol

    • Dimsdale on June 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      Everyone likes to watch the court jester!  Or is it village idiot……?

  11. laststand4FREEDOM on June 12, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Too funny…Matthews compares militias to the tea party…..2 totaly different groups that happen to utilize the yellow Gadsden flag. This is like comparing code pink to the breast cancer awareness movement….2 totaly different group yet they happen to use the color pink as an identifier. 

    Too bad maintaining? our Liberty and FREEDOM doesn't send a chill down Matthew's leg…wake up…this president's policies are destroying our country.

    God Bless America.

  12. Anne-EH on June 12, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Hi Jim:

    Here is the posted URL of this blog article over at Free Republic. Anytime you post anything on your blog about Chris Mathews and I post it over at FR, the response is VERY BIG. Here it is:
    Enjoy the postings Jim! :)=^..^=

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