Matthews Plays Religion Card: Reminds Voters Brown Protestant, Coakley Catholic
By Mark Finkelstein
January 18, 2010 - 10:03 ET
"[H/t NewsBuster P.J. Gladnick.] How panicked is the MSM at the prospect of a Scott Brown victory tomorrow? So much so that Chris Matthews has stooped to seeking to use Scott Brown's Protestant religion against him in heavily Catholic Massachusetts . . .
The Hardball host made his despicable pitch during a Morning Joe appearance today.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: But this election's interesting. I don't even know what religion--religion seems to play no role in this election, which is so unique in Massachusetts. Brown is a Protestant. Nobody's even mentioned it—I guess I just did. And Coakley's I guess a Catholic, although I don't think that she sort of squares away that way in terms of her politics. So I mean it's just so interesting: it's so post-tribal.
Matthews' smirking little laughter revealed he knew precisely what he was up to: attempting to stir up those "tribal" passions. Can Matthews and the MSM sink much lower? Can you imagine the howls of liberal protest if a Republican pundit tried a similar stunt?
Shame on Chris Matthews.
Note: NB editor Ken Shepherd points out it's odd of Matthews to tout Coakley's Catholicism, given the way she looks down on devout Catholics.
Note Deux: Another irony. Remember then Sen. Obama's speech to the 2004 Dem convention? The one that put him on the political map, the one where he said: "even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.
Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America."
Now we have the squalid spectacle of one of PBO's most ardent supporters attempting to divide us in the most vile kind of way."
This is the same Chris Matthews who a number of years ago retorted to William Bennett,
"if you guys (Catholics) ran everything we'd be having a new version of the Inquisition, right?"