Ed Driscoll

NBC Anchorman: Netanyahu Attempted a Coup in Congress

Yesterday, Chris Matthews compared Netanyahu speaking to Congress to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, Matthews doubles down:

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews escalated his rage over Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, Tuesday, hinting that the Israeli prime minister delivered what amounts to a coup. Appearing on his cable network for analysis, Matthews darkly warned, “This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy.”

Angered by the address, the cable anchor called the speech “shocking” and blamed both Netanyahu as well as Republicans: “They went into the U.S. Congress to take over U.S. foreign policy today from the President. It’s a remarkable day when the leaders of the opposition in Congress allowed this to happen.”

Of course, as Kathy Shaidle likes to say, for Democrats, “It’s different when we do it.” Return with us now to December 4, 2007, when Joe Biden, then Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that he “would move to impeach” Bush if he circumvented the Democrat Congress and unilaterally disarmed Iran. As Matthews glowingly replied, “They don’t even remember when there were senators that understood the checks and balances of our government, of our Constitution. I am so impressed you said it.”

Meanwhile, San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi lives out Gloria Swanson’s theatrics in Sunset Boulevard in order to mug for the nightly news cameras, declaring that she was “near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech.” As Allahpundit responds at Hot Air, “Whatever:”

Here’s how seriously you should take her alleged outrage over Netanyahu’s “Bibi knows best” attitude. Back in 2007, while George W. Bush was warning people that Bashar Assad might not be the cuddly would-be “reformer” that Democrats like Hillary Clinton were convinced he was, one prominent liberal flew all the way to Damascus to sit down with Assad and pose for photos. Bush wanted to isolate him; the Democrat in question, convinced that she and her party knew best, had other ideas. Guess who.

I also like the idea here that when U.S. intelligence tells you something, you can go ahead and take it to the bank. This is coming from someone who became Speaker by exploiting voter frustration with the Iraq war.

Allahpundit adds, “This was a performance for lefties by an abject hypocrite on the idea of Congress undercutting the commander-in-chief’s hegemony over foreign policy. Don’t forget it as the crocodile tears keep ‘nearly’ flowing:”

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And as Ace writes, rounding up similarly stompy-footed reactions from a variety of Democrats with and without media bylines, “Confirmed: The Left Pretty Much Freaks Out When a Jew Tells Them They’re Wrong.”

Mother Jones freaked out so badly, they inadvertently declared Obama the second coming of Alan Alda, honorary woman:

Update: “Bibi’s Speech—The Real Fallout,” from Roger L. Simon: while Pelosi, Matthews, Mother Jones, Obama and other self-styled “Progressives” were huffing smelling salts and diving for fainting couches, Iran confirms that Netanyahu is correct: no negotiations with Mr. Obama will stop them from acquiring the bomb as quickly as they can.