Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Maybe They Should Outsource Chris Matthews

MSNBC host Chris Matthews is now not only trying to spin his bizarre "Oh God!" outburst when Governor Bobby Jindal spoke last night, but he added to this by claiming that the Republicans "outsourced" the speech to him. Now I will give the benefit of the doubt that Matthews was not making some cheap crack about Jindal's Indian heritage, even though Democrats can somehow find racial offense in a political cartoon about a chimpanzee, but I will point out what a stupid comment it is.

The fact is, and being a longtime political pundit Matthews should know this, having a governor give the rebutal is not only not unusual, but the norm. Let's look at who the Democrats had give the rebutals under Bush.

2008 Kathleen Sebelius governor of Kansas
2007 Senator Jim Webb
2006 Tim Kaine governor of Virginia
2005 Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi
2004 Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Tom Daschle
2003 Governor Gary Locke of Washington State
2002 Representative Richard Gephardt

So 3 out of the last 7 (the first, like yesterday's was technically not a State of the Union), and 2 out of the last 3.

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