Mr. Chris Matthews , You are an ASS and you owe Congressman Alan Grayson a big apology!!
Yesterday, Digby posted this at Hullabaloo:
Somebody Tell Tweety
… that he owes Alan Grayson an apology for being such an ass.
Here is part of the transcript Digby attached that had me seething at Matthews’ idiocy and sheer arrogance: (emphasis mine)
Mathews: Ok, ok. This show is about reality. Tell me how you pass this bill with 41. You just got a guy elected in Massachusetts …
Grayson: Reconciliation takes 51
Matthews: … he signs his name 41. It means it’s enough to ..
Grayson: Reconciliation needs 51 Senators
Matthews: What procedure do you know that Harry Reid doesn’t know?
Grayson: What makes you think Harry isn’t going to do it?
Matthews: … that all those top guys, that Ted Kennedy didn’t know..
Grayson: They said they’re not going to move to reconciliation?
Matthews: This secret move to the Indies that only you know about …
Grayson: What are you talking about? They’ve been talking about this …
Matthews: These Senators can’t do it!
Grayson: Why do you think they can’t use reconciliation?
Matthews: Because you talk to any one of these Senators. Have you talked to any of them lately? And what do you think they’ll tell you?
Grayson: What do you think, I’m their confessor?
Matthews: Have you ever called up a Democratic Senator and said why don’t you do this by reconciliation?
Grayson: What makes you think they’re not going to do it? What do you know that I don’t know?
Matthews: Because they refuse to do it because they cannot get past the filibuster rule. The United States Senate is different from the House.You’re allowed to talk as long as you want in the Senate. Unless you get cloture.
Grayson: Reconciliation is 51 votes not 60 votes.
Matthews: You can’t create a program through reconciliation! Congressman just name me the program that’s ever been created through reconciliation!
Grayson: Tax cuts for the rich!
Matthews: That’s not a program. Under reconciliation you’re allowed to do two things. Change fiscal numbers, raise taxes or cut spending.
Grayson: You’re saying that. You don’t know that. Nobody else thinks that.
Matthews: I just spent three years in the Senate budget committee when I was a kid and you can’t do it. By the way, have you asked any Senator this question? This plan you have?
Grayson: I’m in the other place, I’m in the House.
Matthews: I know, that’s why you’re not in the senate
Grayson: Oh that’s why I’m not in the Senate…
Matthews: This is netroots talk. This is outsider talk and you’re an elected official and you know you can’t do it. You are pandering to the netroots right now. I know what you’re doing.
Grayson: You are wrong. This is something we talk about with our leadership in our caucus meetings every week! …
Matthews: …I know what I’m talking about and you ask anybody in the Senate right no. Go call the Senate legislative counsel’s office and ask him if you can do this. Go ask the parliamentarian is you can do this. You haven’t bothered to do that.
Grayson: No my leadership has done that …
So let me get this straight, Mr. Matthews who spent three (3) years as a kid (his words, not mine) in the Senate budget committee (doing what…??) is now an expert and claims he knows more about congress than a current congressman who has an actual vote and a floor in which he has already demonstrated his keen grasp of congressional matter in his own effective and intelligent way. Head meets keyboard. Let me end this post with Digby’s own words:
I don’t disagree that the president should be out there selling his plans. Indeed, that’s what most of the netroots have been saying he should be doing for months and months. Which is why Tweety is such an ass for going after Alan Grayson in the next segment. He is so completely uninformed, confused and ridiculous that it’s a wonder he can figure out how to get to work in the morning.
So yes Mr. Chris Matthews, you are indeed an ASS and yes, you owe a big apology to Congressman Alan Grayson!
If any of you want to let Mr. Matthews know how you feel about this, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org