You know, I'm not sure that Chris Matthews inhabits the same planet that we do. His is so devoid of history, context or consequences that he's a little like the Drew Barrymore's character in 50 First Dates: a completely blank slate, unable to remember anything that's happened.
Tweety is convinced that the reception of George W. Bush's memoirs, scheduled to be published on November 9, 2010, immediately following the midterms, will be so well-received that the nostalgia will help push little brother Jeb into the Republican presidential candidacy in 2012.
I'm sorry, but WTF?
First, what's with the assumption that there will be this huge wave of nostalgia for GWB due to his book? I think the safer assumption is that waste of trees will be full of rationalizations, lies and spin for what historians have already assessed as one of the worst presidencies in history of the country. Seriously, does anyone doubt that the financial collapse, the huge unemployment rate, the record number of foreclosures, the spiraling debt, two unwinnable wars and the contempt of the rest of the world should be placed squarely upon the shoulders of George Walker Bush? What exactly are we--the bungled and the botched--to wax nostalgic about?
And secondly, how exactly does one make the rather large leap--other than in the fevered mind of Tweety--from feeling all warm and fuzzy about the Shrub to deciding that we MUST have Jeb as the Republican nominee? Even as Andrea Mitchell titters on how Bar's favorite was considered bettered suited for the presidency than his under-achieving big brother (a fact she conveniently omitted for ten years), no one on the panel can quite see how the publication of GWB's book will launch another Bush into the White House.
Thank the FSM that some inside the Beltway bubble have greater sense than Chris Matthews.