We've documented and made fun of Chris Matthews' man-crushes before. How many times have we seen him get starry-eyed and gushy over Bush's raw manliness, Fred Thompson's manly smell or Mitt Romney's broad shoulders? But his misogyny--especially as it applies to Hillary Clinton--is really offensive. And his blindness to it is astonishing, especially for a man to whom politics and campaigning is everything in life.
Case in point: we're about to have the first primaries of the 2008 presidential race in less than three weeks. So naturally, candidates are lining up and trumpeting their endorsements. But for Tweety, having someone like Joe Lieberman cross purported party lines to endorse John McCain and break his promise to help elect Democrats isn't nearly as outrageous as Democrats (and fairly moderate ones at that) backing the candidate at the top of the Democratic polls:
MATTHEWS:I’m talking about the moral weight on these people who are willing to do anything now.You got Vilsack out there now, Strickland, Evan Bayh.Everyday I pick up a paper, there’s another quote from some wannabe, saying whatever the Clinton people told him to say apparently. Do these lines look like they’re being fed?
CILIZZA:It's politics, Chris!
MATTHEWS:Let me find some outrage here, can I get some from Chrystia? I’m not getting any from you.Chrystia, aren’t you appalled at the willingness of these people to become castratos in the eunuch chorus here, or whatever they are? What do you call them?I don’t know what they are.What do you think of these people?
Castratos, Chris? Eunuch chorus? Really nicely loaded imagery of Hillary as a literal emasculator. I'm not in any way endorsing Hillary, but I can't see how having supporters and endorsements from them should be looked upon as some ball-busting anomaly. Taylor Marsh has more on the insulting double standards of the Presidential Beauty Pageants.
Methinks that Chris Matthews has some very serious issues with women in powerful positions. And he owes Hillary--and her supporters--an apology.