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Matthews Rages: Newt Gingrich Looks Like A 'Car Bomber' Who 'Loves Torturing!'

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Chris Matthews, once again, abandoned any notion he was serious about establishing a new tone of political civility in the wake of the Tucson shooting, as on Wednesday's Hardball he compared former Speaker of the House and possible GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to a terrorist as he screeched "He looks like a car bomber" and even described him in demonic terms, adding: "He's got that crazy Mephistophelian grin of his. He looks like he loves torturing."

The following Matthews rants came during a discussion about possible GOP presidential contenders with the Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page and The Huffington Post's Sam Stein on the March 2 Hardball:

(video, audio and transcript after the jump)

(MP3 audio)

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me ask you this thing, they're starting to fire people over at Fox because they're just trying to double-dip. They're trying to go both ways now. Newt [Gingrich] and [Rick] Santorum are clearly running right now, Clarence. I think anybody else on the list ready to jump in? I don't think Newt's a factor. How many times he been married? I mean I just think this whole experience with Newt - you can't just wipe the board clean and say, "That wasn't just me that got kicked out of the Speakership" for totally embarrassing the country with ethics in his personal life. I mean how can he walk back and in and say, "That wasn't me?"

CLARENCE PAGE, CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Well this is Newt's time to run, though. I mean the party's base is fired up. He's always been probably the leading fundraiser out there, at least before Sarah Palin came along. He has a good shot at winning the nomination. Winning the general is a whole different matter. But this...

MATTHEWS: But he looks like a car bomber. He looks like a car bomber. Clarence, he looks like a car bomber. He's got that crazy Mephistophelian grin of his. He looks like he loves torturing. Look at the guy! I mean this, this is not the face of a president.

PAGE: But don't kid yourself, Chris. We in the media, we in the media love Newt, though. Because he's just a sound bite machine. You talk about a gaffe-maker. I mean and he's very affable. You know he, he just can't stop talking and saying what's on his mind, which we in the media love. There's not a media primary out there, but he'd win it.

MATTHEWS: Well do you think? Look Sam [Stein] do think this guy's mien, his presentation, is a little too Mephistophelian? A little too frightening for people, to be a presidential candidate? Don't you have to sort of have to like the guy first, before you vote for him? Just a thought.


MATTHEWS: You know this car bomber reference is very clear to me. I have this notion of a guy, it's obviously not a car bomber. But this guy that he kind of loves the attack. He gets a thrill, Clarence, out of going for the opponent's mid-section and hitting him so hard and getting delight in the attack itself. Is that a winning proposition for a presidential candidate?

—Geoffrey Dickens is the Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here


#1 Hardly.

Newt might win the progressive liberal vote..... He will not and cannot win the TEA party vote. Something about sitting on a nech with Nancy Pelosi in a global warming commercial comes to mind.

Newt is wasting his time.

Gaffe machine? How about that Obama, there Clarence? Biden? Mathews? Maddow?

Their bubble is shrinking and it is going to make them say and do some pretty strange things as time goes on.

Might I coin a new phrased nick?

There they go, pulling another Charlie Sheen.

That an individual right exists requires that some policy positions be removed from the table of debate.

#2 Ashrak: that is excellent.

A new verb is born.  To be "Charlie Sheened".  Nice.


#3 Newt Gingrich may not have the support of the Tea Party, because

his politics are more in line with the No Label (can't we all get along) Party. When I think about Gingrich, I can't help but recall the Climate Change commercial he did with than Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Gingrich has McCain written all over him.

#4 Gingrich is a true long shot for 2012

He's is an extremely intelligent and knowledgeable guy.  Much of what he says is inciteful and strategic.

But he is, afterall, a Washington insider and a part of the GOP Elite, even though he's been on the fringe of the elite for awhile.   He will try to bring in more Republicans regardless of type -- including what folks on this site refer to as RINOs -- to get the comfortable majority he needs in the Senate.

He doesn't embrace the Tea Partiers -- he wants to coerce their loyalty without changing the GOP Elite.   Tea Parties are wary of this kind of manipulation, and won't support him. 

He's still the arch-enemy of the Dems and many of the independents, who pounded on him in the mid-90s (much as they did Palin recently), and they'll rerun that game play should he gain any momentum.

I doubt that Gringrich's candidacy would run much past the first half-dozen primaries.

#5 I agree with your assessment

I agree with your assessment and feel that Gingrich's chances would be exceedingly slim to none. He possibly would make an impact initially and if he plays his hand well he might end up with a cabinet post in a Republican Presidency. He does bring some targets from his days as Speaker of th House that the libs in the media and in politics will take aim at immediately if not sooner if he announces he will run for POTUS.

#6 Beukeboom.......It's not just his time in Congress that the

Left (I include the media as part of the left) will use to hammer him. The Left will use Gingrich's personal life to stain him.

#7 Regardless of the reasons

Regardless of the reasons folks feel that Gingrich can't win I think his best shot was in the past and he should move on. I really think several of the older potential candidates are like professional athletes who are well past their prime but still try to play the game. And end up embarrassing themselves and hurting their team in the process.

#8 One of the first things that I've learned about Liberals...

is that they like to 'project'.  Matthews is describing himself here.  I don't watch MSNBC because I don't do self torture! 

Jim Webster

#9 I gotta confess, ja ...

... I watched the entire Prissy Chrissy Hour tonight just to see if he was as whacked out as I used to think he was.  The little girl is getting close to certifiable!

The entire show reminded me of a group of gay boys in a gay bar trashing their perceived enemies in the room.  It was fascinating.  Think back to when you were in the ninth grade and catty girls got together in a corner and trashed another group of girls.

I'm thinking that Crissy is about to totally lose it.  If Obambi is defeated in '12 they will have to put him in a rubber room.

MSNBC has got to see what a joke their entire lineup is becoming.

Comrade Bubba

#10 At least they'll always have

At least they'll always have the George Soros/Michael Moore crowd locked down. 

Since Obama's election, the Left has become bolder and they're saying what they actually want to do instead of hiding it with lies and half truths.  Finally they admit it - 'Yeah we're communists. Yeah we want to take everything from everyone and then put ourselves in charge of who gets what.  Yeah we want to butcher unborn babies.  Yeah, we want death panels to wipe out old people.  Yeah we want to wipe out Christianity.'

If a Liberal/Democrat politician/media figure wants to put their arms around you, or pat you on the back, all they're doing is looking for a good place to stick a knife.

#11 Here you go Chrissie*

Apparantly, you are fixated on s*** eating grins Let's talk about this one.

#12 I don't care which Dim/Lib Newt sits with

I'd vote for him over any "progressive" any day of the week and twice on Sunday. 

And Matthews is just too tedious to even talk about.


That's just my opinion; I could be wrong. -- Dennis Miller

#13 Chrissy needs to change

Chrissy needs to change dealer's because whatever he has been smoking is killing any braincells he might have had.  

#14 It's time feces throwing

It's time feces throwing monkeys like these three are relegated to a cage at the zoo.

Liberals ... we can't live with them, they couldn't survive without us ...

#15 But Chrissy has no problems

But Chrissy has no problems white-washing real terrorist's violence...

"It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country"......Will Durant

#16 And Chris Matthews...

And Chris Matthews looks like Mr. Hankey.

Nanny, nanny, boo-boo!

#17 And with Crissy spitting and

And with Crissy spitting and slobbering all over himself he looks like he just finished performing in  gay porn flick and found it  very satisfying.

Non, je ne regrette rien. "You aren't angry because I might be a racist, you're angry because you know I'm right".

#18 LS: That spitting and slobbering

Is how Crissy says "I love you".  Usually to BO.


#19 Chrissy Tingler

Tell me, how does this Bozo The Clown continue to get away with his hate spewing crap and name calling while making a ton of money?  I find it difficult to comprehend that Mr. Ed, Tingler, Richie Maddow, Larry The Tool and all the rest of the PMSNBC crew continue to have a forum albeit PMSNBC (that maybe has 7 viewers) and they have to be making a ton of cash.

How does this happen? 

#20 looks ike a car bomber

yes most car bombers are 60 something white men from Georgia, not 25 year old nut jobs from the religion of peace

#21 I'm no fan of Newt, although

I'm no fan of Newt, although I think he's a pretty smart guy - I just hope that he doesn't get into a position to where he is a 'serious' contender.......................but, as far as the ol' Leghumper goes, has he looked into the mirror lately??? If I were as delusional and loony and schizophrenic and manic (to say nothing of his spittle!!!) as he is, I wouldn't be making ANY comments on anybody elses appearance or looks, much less their mental capacity!!!

#22 Just a Question

Who actually listens to Cristy (Tingle Legs) Mathrews??

He only reports the DNC talking points, which haven't had any significant changes in 20 years. 

He has no real following except following except from the lunitic left. 

He has no creditability.

So why does anyone really care about his opinion?

#23 Try him on Sirius sometime.

If you try to listen to him on Sirius or Xm, his slobbering when he talks about Obama or Palin is really funny.  He can't get a sentence out  about them without you hearing the drool running out of his mouth.  TV tends to blend the noise too much.

#24 It's official...Matthews has

It's official...Matthews has officially lost it and is now certifiably insane.

#25 Figured Crissy Out...

He saw Mephistophelian  on a sheet of word-of-the-day toilet paper, and just HAD to figure out how to work it in to one of his rants...

#26 An entertaining train wreck

Matthews is just nuts!  I can't believe I still watch his show, but I just can't help it!

Maybe I watch it to see the occasions where someone like Pat Buchanan stymies him with a good reply and then I see him move to the next subject quickly since he's got no rebuttal.  Recently he mentioned a phrase that was uttered one time by what's-her-name in Nevada about second amendment remedies, and he made it sound like that was one of her major talking points.  Buchanan quickly pointed out that she had made that comment once and that Matthews had repeated it a thousand times.  Guess what?  Matthews had no reply.

Matthews in years past had some good solid debates with Republicans.  That has now morphed into bush-league set-ups where Matthews ends up accusing the Republican of something completely untrue and ends the segment without giving the interviewee a chance to state his case.  Really juvenile journalism going on with him nowadays.

And Beck and Hannity do much the same thing over at Fox that the MSNBC evening anchors are doing.  Fox oughtta get rid of Beck; he's just an embarrassment to Fox.  But Beck somehow is getting profitable ratings, so I guess he ain't going anwhere anytime soon.


#27 Beck and Hannity are nothing like Chrissy

They both use FACTS and common logic to make their points. Chrissy Mat uses his imagination, and name calling.

You really think you can hide from us in that sheeps wool, JoeP

Seek Truth, Defend Liberty

#28 Newt would make the perfect

Newt would make the perfect vice - president. He's more of a behind the scenes, brains of the operation, make things happen, make sure nobody hookwinks the president kind of guy. 

Another Dick Cheney, sort of. Dick and Newt both love this country, warts and all, only unlike Dick, Newt thinks he has higher than VP ambitions. I think with the right front man Newt would be receptive to being the ' man behind the curtain ', in a good way though...not like George Soros with his hand up Barack's ____ , or-castrating his every move.

Liberals ... we can't live with them, they couldn't survive without us ...

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