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Chris Matthews Bombs on 'Jeopardy!' After Repeatedly Mocking Palin for How She'd Do

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On at least four occasions, MSNBC's Chris Matthews mocked Sarah Palin for how he felt she'd do if she were ever on the hit television game show Jeopardy!.

In a delicious example of instant karma, the self-proclaimed brainiac got his chance to show America how smart he was in a special "Power Players" version of the show Monday, but came up quite short finishing dead last with the paltry sum of only $2,300 (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

For those that missed it, Matthews was matched up against CNN's Lizzie O'Leary and former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Quite comically, the MSNBC anchor's first gaffe came when he couldn't even correctly request an answer to a question.

"Let's go back to, what is 'Crossword Clues E?' I mean, I'm sorry, let's go $200 for the category 'Crossword Clues E.'"

Matthews appeared to have his Joe Biden thinking cap on.

Host Alex Trebek finally read the answer, "At ____, soldier! Four letters."

"At ease, soldier," Matthews responded. "What is 'At ease, soldier?'"

Although the correct response was "Ease," host Trebek graciously accepted Matthews' offering.

A bit later, the answer to another question was, "Full name of the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960."

Matthews responded, "Who is Gary Powers?"

Trebek prompted, "We need the full name."

Again channeling Biden, Matthews actually just repeated the same thing saying, "Who is Gary Powers?"

Trebek said, "No," and the audience burst out laughing. The full name of course was Francis Gary Powers.

And that's when things really got ugly for the arrogant Matthews.

With the category "Law and Order," the answer was, "A U.S.D.C is one of these, charged with the jurisdiction of a specific region."

Matthews responded, "What is a U.S. attorney?"

And this guy has the nerve to ridicule anyone. Where do you find "attorney" in the acronym "U.S.D.C.?"

Obviously, the correct response was district court.

Then, in the same category, another answer was, "In 1986, the Supreme Court ruled that the 'hostile environment' type of this can be sex discrimination."

Matthews responded, "What is a hostile workplace?" This brainiac thinks the same word can be in both the answer AND the question.

Of course, the correct response was sexual harassment.

And then the fun really began in the category "6-Letter World Capitals" with the answer, "St. Basil's Cathedral is there."

Readers are once again reminded the category was "6-Letter World Capitals."

Almost astonishingly, the pompous and holier-than-thou Matthews responded, "What is Istanbul?"

The correct response - containing six letters and not eight! - was Moscow.

As such, when Double Jeopardy! ended, Matthews had a whopping $4,600, almost $10,000 behind O'Leary and over $8,000 less than Gibbs.

As they all missed a very tough Final Jeopardy! question, the game concluded with Gibbs having $5,600, O'Leary $4,200, and Matthews pulling up the rear at only $2,300.

This from a man who on October 2, 2008, shortly before that evening's Vice Presidential debate, said of Palin:

"Is this [vice presidential debate] about her brain power?... Do you think cute will beat brains?...Do you think she’d do better on the questions on Jeopardy! or the interview they do during a half-time?...My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the President of the United States has right now and that is scary!"

Then on January 12, 2010:

They find these empty vessels who know nothing about the world! Nothing about foreign policy! Who immediately begin to spout the neo-con line. I read her book — it’s full of that crap....It’s unbelievable how little this woman knows!...Don’t put her on Jeopardy!

And again on November 2, 2010:

“Senator, do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States?...If she were on Jeopardy! right now and the topic was national government, American government generally defined, would she look like an imbecile, or would she look okay? Does she know anything?"

And finally on January 19, 2011:

“I’d like to see her on just a couple of episodes of Celebrity Jeopardy! or It’s Academic Mac McGarry to just see if she knows anything.”

Well, Chris, America just saw you on Jeopardy!, and you came in last with only $2,300 missing what most viewers likely thought were pretty easy questions.

What's that they say about people in glass houses?

Here are some more recent flubs by Matthews with most occurring on his very own program:

On Jeopardy, Chris Matthews Ludicrously Claims He Finds Facts First, Then Forms Opinion

MSNBC's Chris Matthews to Black Pastor: 'I Hope You Evolve'

Don't Know Much About History: MSNBC's Matthews Uses Phony Winston Churchill Quote In New 'Lean Forward' Promo

Chris Matthews: Gay GOP Staffers Should Ask Bosses to Join Obama on Same-Sex Marriage

Chris Matthews Links Gay Marriage Opponents to Supporters of Slavery

Chris Matthews Falsely Claims Obama Bailed Out Ford

Chris Matthews Compares Mitt Romney to 'Wall Street' Villain Gordon Gekko

Chris Matthews Falsely Claims Unemployment Rate Now 'Lowest' Since 'Obama Took Office'

Chris Matthews Compares Obama Speech to Troops in Afghanistan to Henry V

Be advised: these are gaffes made by Matthews just this month.


#1 At least he's smarter than....

...Wolfy Blitzer


#2 Chrissy is sort of an imbecile

But I bet he was a lot smarter about 10,000 Scotches ago.

#3 You think he was that much

You think he was that much smarter a year ago?

#4 I'll take "Sweet Irony" for $1,000.00, Noel

(And kindly scrape me off the floor because I'm laughing so hard).


#5 Um....NS....Is that Glibbsy on the "right"?

Now I'm really having fun.....where can we get the whole episode?

Stupidity on Parade!!!!!

#6 Yep, that's Gibbs

He actually did very well, as did CNN's Lizzie. The only category Matthews was strong in was "Secretaries Day," which had to do with naming the WH cabinet post of specific people. As was described, despite the final scores, Matthews was noncompetitive throughout most of the game,

I enjoyed watching Matthews with his serious scowl go down in flames.

#7 I'll take Dumb Arrogant Liberals for $200 Alex

Answer: he gets a thrill up his leg when effeminate, half black Socialists make speeches. (beep beep) Who is Chris Matthews!

In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock! - Orson Welles

#8 Well Alex.....

I'll take "Dullest Knife In The Cupboard" for one-thousand........

#9 We all knew Chris' fast mouth covered for a very mediocre...

brain, now we have proof positive!

Jim Webster

#10 Amen

to that!

#11 No matter...

It's socialist Jeopardy, so they all redistribute the winnings of the champion after it's over.

#12 MSNBC even released a promo!

(sorry - the comment box will not let me code a link)

#13 It's my understanding that Chris Matthews tested for the Mensa

IQ society. His test scores were too low for Mensa, but he did qualify for and was accepted in the Kidsa IQ society.

#14 I'll Bet

Matthews does qualify for Densa.

#15 Amen

Lol, nice!


#16 Chrisy

Compared to a brick or a lump of clay the tingler is quite intelligent. Then again he does work for MSNBC - the Marxist, Socialist, Nothing But Crap network.

#17 Chrissy's last charge.....

And in what I swear was an attempt to prove he was smarter than everyone else, he answered his daily double at the very end  identifying "Pomp and Circumstance" by its original archaic title that NO ONE EVER uses and most have not heard of....."The Land of Hope and Glory."

I bet he was trying for  a "gotcha" moment,  and would "educate" the Jeopardy crew, but Trebek looked quickly at the producer or whoever offstage who gave him the nod that it was a correct answer.

What a pedant.

#18 "What is sperm....

running down my leg" Correct for $100! The question was "Your first reaction to Obama's support of gay marriage!" I'll try 'Tingling" for $1,000!

#19 Now that's funny!

I don't care who you are.

#20 What a putz.

What a putz.

"Occasionally, and randomly, problems and solutions collide. The probability of collisions decreases geometrically as the size of the committee created to force these collisions increases."

#21 A U.S.D.C is one of these.

With the category "Law and Order," the answer was, "A U.S.D.C is one of these, charged with the jurisdiction of a specific region."

Matthews responded, "What is a U.S. attorney?"

Where do you find "attorney" in the acronym "U.S.D.C.?"

Well, NS, the answer should be obvious to anyone... in the letter A! Duhhh....

#22 :)


#23 Let's give him a break on

Let's give him a break on "Istanbul", shall we? After all, Joe Biden probably thinks it's six letters, too.

#24 Certainly Obama does too

See #118 on the old Gaffe List.

#25 Don't forget,he was a capitol policeman too

It was interesting to watch him fail on the law and order questions since he serverd as a capitol police officer when he first came to Washington D.C. .

Guess that means he believes that you don't have to know the law to enforce it.

#26 Too bad for Tingles they didn't have a 'Kennedys' category.


#27 I'll take "dumber than a box of rocks" for $200 Alex.....

And the answer is Chris Matthews

Wonder if he still has that "tingle" going up his leg?

#28 Way to go Crissy

What a typical, arrogant, snobbish, elitist moron, who proves his ignorance simply by opening his mouth. I'm surprised he didn't jump up and accuse Alex of being a Tea Bagger game show host...

I probably shouldn't use the term "tea bagger" when it involves Crissy, since one of his deepest wishes involves that term and his tingly savior... Nuff said!

#29 Where is Jer to defend a fellow big mouthed libtard?

Must be on break at the B.J. Clinton Presidential Library and Massage Parlor.

#30 I think even Jer knows

There's no defense for Crissy. He has developed a terminal case of foot-in-mouth disease, and unfortunately for him, video and audio technology prevents any rebuttal.

#31 Thank you thank you thank you !

I can rarely stomach clips of Matthews but this one had me LMAO! Karma baby!

Proud member of the 53%!

#32 More stunning liberal

More stunning liberal intellect on display.

#33 Hahahaha

Brilliant owned!
And Robert Gibbs, the winner and former press secretary - the one who was smart enough to jump the Obama ship of state.

#34 Trebeck could gave had

Trebeck could gave had ratings gold if he had Palin competing right next to Mathews. A person who has held several elected and appointed government titles vs a slobbering, pompous, cranial vacuous, windbag talk show host.

Palin should challenege him.

#35 Chrissy can console himself

At least he ended up in the positive column!

Wolf Blitzer finished with -$4600!

#36 Deleted Scenes ...

Tingles: "I'll take dip***ts & Zeroes for 200, Alex".

Answer: Barack Hussein Obama

Trebek: "Chris!"

Tingles: "Who is ... (eyes go glassy) ... uh .... uh .... gimme a second Alex ... (shivering uncontrollably) ... ahhhhhh .... there! (sigh) ... OK, OK, Who is Dear Leader?"

#37 friggen


A Recession is when your neighbor is out of a job. A Depression is when YOU are out of a job.. A recovery is when OBAMA is out of a job Hat tip to Ronald Reagan

#38 With the category "Law and Order,"

"A U.S.D.C is one of these, charged with the jurisdiction of a specific region."

Matthews: "I’d like to buy a vowel, Alex."

- Grump :o)

"I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question." - Yogi Berra, (Baseball Great and Philosopher)

#39 Unlike MSNBC

Jeopardy does not allow you to make up your own facts.

#40 That pretty much screws Libs

That pretty much screws Libs then.

#41 Me thinks thou dost protest too much

Chris ol bean, seems all your protestations concerning the smarts or lack thereof regarding one Sarah Palin is now moot.............your bumbling performance on jeopardy brings one to ask another question...............what sensation best describes the onset of numbness............for $100.00 dollars in the catagory "Stupid statements by talking heads on MSNBC"..............what is tingle......hey Chris you can donate the $100.00 to your favorite jounalism school.

#42 "I'll take ....for a

"I'll take ....for a thousand? That is hilarious!

#43 Trebek now has no choice ...

... but to promote a Matthews / Palin head-to-head matchup. Jack Wiley Dithers will be on the alert for a fix.

d(^_^)b “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

#44 Pompous Jerk

It's good to see the likes of him brought down a peg or two.

#45 Clueless pundits for $600 please...

Traveck: This pundit has not yet evolved far enough along the scale of evolutionary development to know the difference between his own opinions & facts.

Palin: Who is Chris Matthews?

Traveck: You are right, mam!

#46 And when they mock him on

And when they mock him on Saturday Night Live, he thinks that's the highest form of praise.

#47 Jeopardy

Anyone who thinks answering questions on Jeopardy is a test of intelligence should have his head examined by a Phrenologist. The show tests powers of Recall and, to a minor degree, Association. Both are handy for getting good grades in school. But they're related only peripherally to Critical Thinking.

With that said, however, one can pretty safely say that Chris M. lacks talents in all three intellectual categories. He's a 3D Moron.

#48 Chris Matthews was the brains

Chris Matthews was the brains behind Jimmy Carter when he worked as Jimmy Carter's senior aide and senior speechwriter

he came up with MSNBC's lean forward slogan which Obama has copied to just forward

#49 Give it to him


"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#50 Sissy Chrissie Has a Hissie

He would have gotten it right if the question had been: "Who wants to go down on BO?"

#51 Please don't criticize.......

Don't criticize Chrissy just because he thought "Istanbul" was a six letter word.....I understand that the first answer that popped into his head was Mississippi. Maybe he forgot to take his meds. Anyhow, Tingles is always good for a his expense.

I can't wait to see which three left wingers compete today. Too bad coinservatives - George Will, Thomas Sowell, Krauthammer, Walter Williams, etc., are not on the program. They'd have to compete with 1/2 their brain tied behind their back just to keep everything "Fair."

Isn't "Fair," or "unfair" the leftists words of the day?

#52 Who is Chris Matthews?

The dumbest, most arrogant, ill-informed commentator on cable news. Ok maybe his just number two.


#53 Shocker

Wow, a pompous, arrogant, pseudo-intellectual Libtard showing us all how transparently stupid he is. Pretty common occurance these days (heck, every day) -- the only difference is, this time, it isn't Barry Odrama.

How's that tingle up your leg, Chris?


#54 CM


The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

#55 Quelle surprise.

CNN had its Jeopardy chump, Wolf Blitzer, and now MSNBC can claim its own in Matthews. I'm embarrassed FOR them.

#56 So he thinks Istanbul is a

So he thinks Istanbul is a six-letter word...I can see how people, like Matthews, get mixed up..they think Constitution and TeaParty are four-letter words. I understand after Matthews was told the correct answer was 'Moscow', he said he could see Moscow from the White House.

#57 A Level All Their Own

Mr. Mathews is always ready for a challenge. However, he made a mistake sinking down to the level of right-wing extremists like Sarah Palin and others. Let them play their juvenile games, Chris. You have a higher calling.

#58 Matthews higher calling

Slobbering over a picture of Obama every night while he waits for tingles up his leg.

I see you've activated an old troll account. Gettin' worried about November?

Proud member of the 53%!

#59 For Matthews, tying his own

For Matthews, tying his own shoes is a 'challenge'. "Right-wing extremists"...Haha that's so precious. I love that the new generation of fully indoctrinated American Marxist idiots has taken to calling the average ,that has enough sense to not be libtarded, the 'radicals' and 'extremists'.

#60 So, wavygravy is that you? Or a cheap imitation.

I'm a big WavyGravy Fan.

But you aren't filling the shoes.  Maybe its old age (or maybe Wavy died?).



Quoted from: 'Acaiguana notes from the Underground' (Soon to be at theaters near you)

#61 acaiguana

Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Nanton Romney) is 76

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

#62 So when is Sarah going to be

So when is Sarah going to be on? Wouldn't it be so sweet if she does compete and wins by a wide margin?

#63 Who hears "St. Basil's Cathedral" and thinks...

...Istanbul, the capital of a Muslim country with very, very few Christians?!

Are there any functional cathedrals in the city? I doubt it. The Hagia Sophia was forcibly converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and then eventually into a museum under the more secular regime of Ataturk in the 1930s.


#64 LOL, Ken

No Jeopardy appearance for you.....obviously, you know the answers.

#65 I swear I'm trying to be charitable when I say...

That the poor man clearly has some kind of organic brain problem that's been left undetected and untreated for far too long.

Kathy Shaidle

'Kathy Shaidle is one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our day'
-- Mark Steyn, author of After America

#66 Istanbul

What I especially love about Chris' "Istanbul" response is not only is it not a 6 letter word, but Istanbul is not even the capital of Turkey, it's Ankara.

Now I did not know that until I looked it up, but I would expect someone with Chris' reportedly surperior brain power to have known that, and thus Istanbul should not have even entered Chris' mind as a capital.

#67 I knew, that, and I was about to put it down.

Tingles is so f-in stupid that he doesnt even know that Ankara is the official capital of Turkey! He probably was gonna say Rome, for St Basil's Cathedral I bet! Hes is one dumb mofo! His problem, amongst many, is that he speaks first, then sometimes thinks afterwards-thats why is says so many dumb-arsed things!

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

#68 At least Ankara has 6 letters!!


#69 Correction

All the MSNBC folks aren't as stupid as Matthews. At least Ed Schultz knew the capital of Turkey is "T"...

#70 Astounding Stupidity

We should stop asking if Prissy Chrissy can get any dumber. I think he's starting to view it as a challenge.

Do you know what the approval rating was of the president before Obama? 34%. So don't blame Obama, he inherited terrible poll numbers!

#71 Chris Matthews owes...

Chris Matthews owes Sarah Palin an apology. That would be the classy thing to do. I'll be interested to see if he does. It'd be really refreshing for him to show some humility. I really do hope he does.

#72 cyborg0012

I think you forgot - he's a leftist - apology is just another 4 letter word to his ilk! Instead, he goes for the typical lefty double down maneuver to deflect from his own short comings:

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

#73 Chris Matthews

"Ummmm Alex, I'll take "Oh, I just crapped my pants for a thousand!" LOL

#74 Mathews

And he is even smarter on his regular TV show.

#75 Really . . .

I think the bigger question is what is wrong with the brains of the people who pay any attention to this loser?

#76 So smart, they don't believe in God

Liberals always think they are smarter than anyone else. There is an arrogance about it. That explains why most Atheists are liberals. They can't imagine that there could be any being infinitely more intelligent than they are. Their minds just can't comprehend it, so they decide to deny their creator.

#77 Truthteller

Actually there is a much simpler answer but I'm not smart enough to explain it to you.

. . Socialist = Modern Liberal = Parasitoid

#78 Chris Matthews

It never surprises me how these arrogant liberal commentators show themselves to be complete idiots. You have to be an idiot to be a liberal. If you really wanted to make Chris look like and moron, ask him questions from the Bible. This guy wouldn't know Jesus if Jesus slapped him in the face.

#79 Thrill

I loved it! Chris Matthews so much smarter than Sarah palin..... Hilarious.

I would love a debate with the two of them..... Palin in a landslide.

John 3:16

#80 Thrill

I loved it! Chris Matthews so much smarter than Sarah palin..... Hilarious.

I would love a debate with the two of them..... Palin in a landslide.

John 3:16

#81 Afirmative Action Network

Don't you folks know? MSNBC was started as an affirmative action project for undereducated and intellectually challenged liberal failures... sorry, didn't mean to be repetitive.... for liberals. Indeed, the very acronym stands for "Matthews Shows No Brains, Churchill."

#82 Rushbo

Loved seeing Rush Limbaugh get the Bust last night. He deserves it, Congrats Rush.

John 3:16

#83 Chris

I'll take douche bags for $50 Alex
HAHAHAHHAHAAH Looser he is he is

#84 Not an acronym!!!

"U.S.D.C." is simply a set of initials --- not a word. Acronyms are words like Nasa, Nato, radar, Saab, etc.

#85 But

And even then, who outside Aviation Week and Space Technology does not capitalize NASA, or NATO?

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#86 His own petard

When you talk for a living, and everything you say is on video, you are bound to be recorded saying something stupid now and then. Now with the internet, it never dies. It just keeps getting passed around to a larger and larger audience, and there are more consequences than there used to be.

None of the above should be construed in any way to let Chris Matthews off the hook. He made his bones doing just this sort of thing to political foes on TV. Now it's coming back to him a million fold.

Chris doesn't understand the new media. He doesn't realize that if you say on TV that Sarah Palin would do poorly on Jeopardy (because, you know, she's so stupid), then you yourself go and do dismally on Jeopardy, it's now on record that you are, by your own standards, a moron.

In the old days, people who had disgraced themselves could move to a new town, or in extreme cases, a new country. Not so anymore. Everything's on record, and Farmer Hicks has broadband.

#87 You've got to be kidding! Matthews consistently places his foot

in his mouth due to a lack of common sense, mental ability and decency.

Moreover, if you believe Sarah Palin is stupid, than you have as much mental capacity as "tingles". 

I am not certain, but I suspect you are a troll. I hope I'm proven wrong.

#88 A bit later, the answer to

A bit later, the answer to another question was, "Full name of the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960."

Matthews responded, "Who is Gary Powers?"

When I was growing up, whenever he was mentioned it was just Gary Powers. I don't recall Francis ever being used.



They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

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