Chris Mathews really thinks that windswept look is working for him. He's the only commentator with hair openly flapping in the wind, and it makes him look like a small little boy in the worst way possible. I see that Mathews has sobered up for this convention, I'm not sure that was a wise move on MSNBC's part. I don't know if they were dumping some Johnny Walker Black in his mug unbeknownst to him or if they were slipping him a $20 and telling him to skip himself off to the liquor store—I just don't have access to that kind of information—but I think it's a big gamble, and I'm not sure it's going to pay off. Chris Mathews sober is pompous, slow-witted, overbearing, vain and patronizing. Mathews drunk is still all of those things, but with a silly grin on his face and a kinf of lascivious glint in his eye; somehow it's that subtle shift in his persona that makes him bearable.
The Daily Show:
The real clever genius' (RCG's) over there at the Daily Show put up a billboard in St. Paul saying: "Welcome Rich White Oligarchs!" Zing. Except not. Not at all. When has it ever been different...for Republicans? A better question: When has it ever been different for Democrats? When has it ever been different...in American politics? Not for a long, long, very long time. The fact of the matter is that if you're going to get elected to a national office you have to be rich, you've got to have some major cheese, flow, fish in the dish or what have you. But because Jon Stewart happens to like liberals he'll take a cheap shot at Republicans because, well, it feels good.
I understand that Lieberman is giving a speech and that he may well be saying interesting things. I know that it's kind of cool to see a Democrat at a Republican convention, the guy that was the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee 8 years ago, actually. And I'm watching his mouth move on my TV screen and everything, but I just can't bring myself to unclick the mute button. The thing is that I have a serious aversion to boredom, which makes Lieberman my natural enemy. And I want to like him so bad. He's a Jew, I love Jews. He has a tremendous pair on him that allwed him to hold strong on the war in the face of a party that excoriated him and all but banished him from the country. But he drives even babies to tears with that slow, monotone drawl that has been considered for use as a weapon of torture.