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Ed Driscoll

Chris Matthews Goes Full Godwin on Ted Cruz

September 25th, 2013 - 10:47 am

Wait, how does being against socialized medicine — and socialism in general — make someone a National Socialist in the eyes of NBC-Comcast spokesman Chris Matthews?

While appearing on Wednesday’s edition of Morning Joe, Hardball host Chris Matthews compared Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Hitler, telling fellow MSNBC demagogue Joe Scarborough the German dictator “even liked Jimmy Stewart” in the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Mediaite reported. This was after Matthews said Tuesday that Cruz is “a problem for our Republic.”

“He is a problem for our Republic,” Matthews declared, claiming that despite being a United States Senator, Cruz is not a legislator, nor is he allegedly a member of any political party.

“He has contempt for the American political system. He is not a member of any political party that I can tell,” he said. “His behavior has been totally and utterly destructive.”

So you’re saying that eventually, he could fundamentally transform the United States of America. Why, it’s enough to get a tingle up your leg at the thought.

Or at least at the thought of watching continued spittle-flecked demagoguery from the MSM; particularly given that Cruz isn’t the first GOP senator with Tea Support that Matthews has Godwinized. Recall this moment in late October of 2010, when underwater poll results for Democrat candidates mixed with perennially poor ratings numbers for MSNBC were causing tempers to flare (even more so than usual at America’s scowlingist network), after a leftwing protestor lunged at Rand Paul’s car at a campaign stop:

As Geoffrey Dickens of Newsbusters writes, not surprisingly, MSNBC has red-lined the Godwin Meter since the story first broke:

Chris Matthews, on Wednesday’s Hardball, not so cryptically compared the actions of Republican volunteers to that of Nazi-style tactics from the 1930s as he claimed the restraining of a MoveOn.org activist by a Rand Paul supporter reminded him of what “we saw from hoodlums in the thirties in another country I will not mention” and added: “I mean it isn’t far from what we saw in the thirties, where all of a sudden, political parties started showing up in uniform.” Matthews who was joined by Salon’s Joan Walsh and the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, even went on to claim physical attacks against political opponents was something that existed exclusively on one ideological side as he asserted that it was “right wing by its very nature.”

Shhh, nobody tell MSNBC about this far-right tea-bagging neocon, who told a shocked college audience during the politically charged year of 1968 at Kansas State U. (and what is the matter with them, anyhow?):

‘If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all their youthful vision and vigor then there is something wrong with our colleges. The more riots that come on college campuses, the better the world for tomorrow.’ ” …

Incidentally, Matthews’ freakout today was a follow-up to his remarks yesterday, when he blurted

But then, doesn’t everything remind Chris of the 1930s in another country?

Related: From Ace, “Media Which Wetted Its Panties Over Wendy Davis Has Not a Good Thing to Say About Ted Cruz.”

Unexpectedly!

Update: “Video: McCain delivers the Democratic response to Cruz.” Equally “unexpectedly,” alas.

When will McCain do an Arlen Specter or Jim Jeffords and make it official? (Possible answer: Sometime after November of 2014 if the GOP achieves parity in the Senate?)

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Cruz is absolutely paralleling the 1930s.

That is to say, we now see how Churchill's "rants" warning of the rising danger from Nazi Germany was seen at the time he was making them. THIS is what standing alone, when all else is swayed by the prevailing wind looks like.

Churchill's reputation could only come after his warnings were recognized by everybody else as prescient, sometime around May, 1940.

Cruz is keeping good company.
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Every time I read another post about what idiotic thing Chris Matthews said, I hang my head in utter frustration--not because Matthews said another stupid thing, but because articles like this are tantamount to throwing him a life-line. The only thing keeping him on the air is the left's perception that if the right hates him, he must be doing something tight.

If you would simply exercise a modicum of discipline, and ignore Chris Matthews, the Brooks fellow at the NYT and Piers Morgan, they would all retire to academic sinecures at obscure liberal arts colleges.

They want to die, just let the die please.
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I watched part of Ted Cruz’s long speech against ObamaCare last evening on DRUDGE. He was great. I especially enjoyed this dialog with Dick Durbin. He took Durbin to the cleaners.

The primary value of Cruz’s effort was to allow Conservatives an opportunity to make a principled case against ObamaCare without their message being diced and sliced by the media. In addition, Cruz expressed the frustration of the Tea Party caucus with a Republican party that is part of the permanent Ruling Class and plays games to fool people who believe in limited government that they are on their side.

This is a healthy development no matter how the vote turns out because it exposes the sham votes that are taken in Washington, a town that more and more resembles the capital from the Hunger Games. Just as you can’t begin to recover from an addiction until you admit you have a problem, Cruz and a few of his supporters in congress are exposing the problem and doing it in such a way as to show how the leading elements of both parties are increasingly removed from the people.
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Remember, people like Chris Mathews carry the colors of card carrying Limousine Liberals. Many regard him as their poster boy. Although they couldn't debate an anteater that doesn't make any difference as long as they have the ability tio 'throw boms' on a public forum daily. They have three rules to work by. #1. Denigrate, #2. Deflect #3. Destroy. Thats their M O.
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john mccain=chris matthews
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my classmate's sister-in-law makes $77/hour on the laptop. She has been without work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $21349 just working on the laptop for a few hours. .......:> w­w­w.j­o­b­s­6­0.c­o­m
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Chris Matthews is an alabastard socialist shill. Stop listening to him.
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Little Chrissy Mathews gets my vote as the most disgusting person in America award...
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Is Chris Matthews worth the money paid him by his employers?

Or is he used by them to add to the gaiety to the nation like monkeys and apes in the zoo? Hilarious because in their antics " so much like humans"?

Those humans who attend with bated breath the insights into people and events by the shiningest of the stars of punditry of the "truthful, fair, just and socially equal" Legacy Media?

Brothers in their elite, exclusive fraternities like Eliot Spitzer and Bill Maher?

Maher Finally a star after so long just another jobbing actor. For HIS audience he has coined the particularly catchy term LIVs (for low information voters targeted by Legacy Media). Which wit brings even more fans among "the best and brightest" for his stylish, intelligent comment.

Not his audience you say? How would a non-audience know to attribute this description to him?

Is this just a "birds of a feather" phenomenon in these stars of the punditry with their employers, or the Stockholm Syndrome in false feathers?
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"Godwin's Law" is one of the stupider internet memes to ever come down the pike. Either it is appropriate to compare a thing to the Nazis, or it isn't. There is no arbitrary benchmark, nor is the act itself wrong. One can share the intellectual and philosophical space of a Nazi, and be called out for it, or one can make moronic comparisons like Matthews does, and be called out for that.

In truth, the greatest source of institutionalized hate speech, racial and gender defamation comes from the Dem Party itself, which is not shy about proclaiming the woeful morals of heterosexual white men.

By the same token, any woman black or gay carries a default position of nobility and morality. The privileged straight, white, man is the new Jew and whipping boy of 21st century Leftist politics.

Movies are too white, TV is too white, literature is too white, Dr. Who is too white, down with white monoculture. On the other hand, women's, gay or black groups are exempt from the exact same examinations. How can they not be, since the two sides are said by the Dem Party to literally define right and wrong.

Matthews has turned into an insane and opportunistic racialist fanatic. The Nazi stink he smells comes from himself and his identity addicted network of beer garden idiots. If people like Melissa Harris-Perry and Michael Eric Dyson don't share an intellectual space of racial disdain with neo-Nazis, then there simply is no such thing. In what world is it not racial bigotry when an ethnic group is mentioned weekly and in the negative 100% of the time? The Dems are truly lost.
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I have to agree on Godwin's "Law" as a mere annoying meme. While it's true that merely calling someone or some ideal as "Nazi/fascist" is overused, there's already a perfectly good description for that: the ad hominem. Godwin's Law as a logical fallacy is redundant, and philosophy classes don't teach about it for that reason. In itself, identifying something as a principle the National Socialists likewise espoused (such as gun control and abortion for "undesirables") is a valid comparison. On the other hand, *opposition* to something that was also a feature of National Socialism (mandatory government schooling which Germany has yet to repeal their Nazi-era laws regarding, the idea that children belong to The State and not their parents) is certainly *not* Nazi/fascist. In fact, opposing the opposition speech itself is a mark of Nazi fascism.

But that's only for adults who genuinely seek open and honest discussion. For simpleminded, intellectually lazy Leftists, (but I repeat myself) it's merely another way to employ the "Logical Fallacy" fallacy (i.e., "A logical fallacy, rather than demonstrating the weak point in an argument, is grounds for dismissal of the entire argument, no matter if the remainder is sound and demonstrative"). Of course, debates for the Statist idiots which plague our society are not for persuasion or to hone our skills and ideas, they are a way to get the emotional equivalent of a drug hit by feeling "morally" and "intellectually" superior without any real merit or effort. Because Leftists are simpleminded and can only think in soundbites and Internet memes, silliness such as the rampant misuse of a meme abounds. To wit, Matthews is an inarticulate "beer garden idiot", (that phrase is awesome) so he can't properly communicate his butthurt over opposition to ineffective government programs that alleviate him of personal responsibility. Therefore, the only way he's capable of expressing his butthurt is to make a connection that's considered almost universally bad: Nazis. The label merely means "anything I don't like".

So in this case, I let it slide, because calling him out on "invocation of Godwin's Law" is the only way a simpleton like him would understand that we recognize what his "argument" to be nothing more than a supposedly grown man throwing a temper tantrum that would be too embarrassing for a 5-year-old.
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“He is a problem for our Republic,” Matthews declared, claiming that despite being a United States Senator, Cruz is not a legislator, nor is he allegedly a member of any political party."

The tactic is delegitimization. Just like when the WH pressed the TP that they didn't truck with Fox News because "it was not a legitimate news network."
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Boy, talk about watching a little, yapping Dog, baring it's tiny teeth, trying to look bad.
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What is Matthews' source? "Mr Smith" came out in 1939, but in those days movies didn't premiere worldwide, and Europe was already in flames. By the next year, although not at war with us yet, Germany was fully involved. Is there any evidence "Mr Smith" ever was seen by Hitler, who was known to prefer the live theater and opera?
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Hitler was a huge fan of Leni Reifenshtahl and she directed multiple films at his behest. I do doubt that he ever saw "Mr Smith", though.
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All I saw on CNN of Cruz's mock filibuster was his reading Green Ham and Eggs, over and over and over again. Insead of his other 20 hours of a litany of negative consequences and principled opposition of and to Obamacare.

I had CNN on all day.
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