Deranged Chris Matthews Says Tea Partiers Would've Died in Mine
October 14, 2010
RUSH: Did you hear what Chris Matthews said? Snerdley, did you hear what Chris Matthews said about the miners? He said this proves that the Tea Party -- let me get his exact quote here. He said that the miners would be dead if they followed the Tea Party's "every man for himself" philosophy. This is incomprehensible. This is along the lines of that review at Salon.com of the movie Secretariat. There's nothing in the movie to be mad about, nothing in the movie to detest, nothing in the movie to be angry about or even threatened by. But now the rescue of 33 men who had been under the surface of the earth for 69 days and these people look at this in terms of the Tea Party versus the Democrat Party or socialism versus conservatism or what have you? The miners would be dead if they followed the Tea Party's every man for himself? That's not what the Tea Party is all about, that's not what the conservative movement or conservatism is all about. I don't know if you took the time to learn how they organized themselves in that mine. It actually is quite fascinating what they did to survive, and they had one leader that everybody invested their hope in and they trusted him, he was a natural born leader, and it all worked out. But to say that they would have died if they had been implementing Tea Party philosophies?
I want to talk about the miners. I really do. Listen to Matthews here. We have Chris Matthews last night, audio sound bite number 22. He is talking to Richard Trumka, and they have this exchange about the rescued Chilean miners and the Tea Party. This is delusional. It's deranged. It makes no sense whatsoever.
MATTHEWS: The message coming out of the Tea Party people -- and a lot of them are good people -- is "every man for himself," basically. No more taxes, no more government, no more everything, no more safety net, no more health care for everybody. Everybody just get out there, make your buck, save it, screw the government, move on. Right?
TRUMKA: (whispering) Yeah.
MATTHEWS: You know, these people, if they were every man for himself out in that mine, they wouldn't-a gotten out.
TRUMKA: (whispering) That's exactly right.
MATTHEWS: They woulda been killing each other after about two days.
RUSH: Now, folks, this is deranged. These people are obsessed. "Tea Party, lot of good people in the Tea Party." The Tea Party is not a "party." The Tea Party is not even an ideology. The Tea Party is a force. The Tea Party is huge. Look at the amount of money congressional candidates are raising. Michele Bachmann, $5.4 million. The dirty little secret is that the inside the Beltway, ruling class, media types, their jaws dropped: $5.4 million. Sharron Angle: $14 million. That's a gross number, direct mail campaign. The Democrats aren't raising this kind of money and the Tea Party people are not going through the RNC or the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee to get this. This is a genuine, grassroots, effervescent movement bubbling up. $5.4 million. So these people, Chris Matthews and so forth, are living in abject fear.
How do you take what happened in that mine and suggest that self-reliance would have resulted in them killing each other? What got them through that by self-reliance? Self-reliance and prayer -- and I guarantee you they weren't playing for the cleansed spirits or whatever that Michelle Obama is talking about. You know, everybody watched this last night in various stages of awe and amazement. You couldn't help but be moved and thrilled by this thing. Not one hitch, and you look at how much of this was American ingenuity: The building of the capsule, the actual drilling, the techniques used, the strategy to come up with it. NASA was down there before Obama sent 'em out on their Muslim outreach. I mean, this was as American as you could get down there and the world was absorbed by it. This a teachable moment what happened in that mine and the whole rescue. It's a teachable moment for Obama.
The leader of Chile didn't whine. He didn't complain. He didn't say, "Yep, I'm on the job on day one." He didn't complain about what he inherited. He didn't say he inherited this problem. He didn't bash his predecessor. He didn't say that he was "focused on the problem like a laser" while out playing golf 52 times. He didn't threaten to sue the mining company. I mean, if you put Obama as we know him in place of that Chilean president last night, he woulda made a speech all about himself condemning the mine company, threatening to sue the mine company, talking about the entire call gold and ore industries and how we've gotta get out of that and go green because this is the kind of tragedy that happens. But the Chilean president just had a problem and he solved it without talking points, without spin, without a bunch of media guiding him through it. We're told Obama's a quick learner, despite this massive New York Times piece. A quick learner. Well, there's a lot to learn from this whole escapade in Chile last night, particularly from the Chilean president.