Chris Matthews: “I’m So Glad We Had That Storm Last Week”

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“I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things,” said MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, saying that Hurricane Sandy promoted “good politics.”

Though he was quick to add that he wasn’t saying the storm was good in terms of hurting people. Even so, what a crude thing to say.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is already facing recriminations from some on the right for his praise of President Obama in the aftermath of Sandy. Case in point, Dick Morris:

In 2012, 13% of the vote was cast by blacks. In 04, it was 11%. This year, 10% was Latino. In ’04 it was 8%. This time, 19% was cast by voters under 30 years of age. In ’04 it was 17%. Taken together, these results swelled the ranks of Obama’s three-tiered base by five to six points, accounting fully for his victory.

I derided the media polls for their assumption of what did, in fact happen: That blacks, Latinos, and young people would show up in the same numbers as they had in 2008. I was wrong. They did.

But the more proximate cause of my error was that I did not take full account of the impact of hurricane Sandy and of Governor Chris Christie’s bipartisan march through New Jersey arm in arm with President Obama. Not to mention Christe’s fawning promotion of Obama’s presidential leadership.

It made all the difference.

That seems fantastically unfair to Christie, and President Obama. What was Christie to do? Inject partisan politics into the middle of a natural disaster crisis? Setting aside the fact that our increasingly federalized disaster response tactics were about as inefficient as ever, Obama seems to have done about as good of job as could be expected of any president in response to Sandy. And Christie praised him for it.

I’d hope that wasn’t the deciding factor for voters, I hope they cast their ballots on a broader set of criteria than that, but that doesn’t justify aspersions cast in Christie’s direction.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • mikemc1970

    Leftist always excuse mass death, destruction, and even murder when it is in service of their cause.

    • $8194357

      A crisis is a terrible thing to waste eh..

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      This is funny, coming from a guy who can’t grasp or accept reality, let alone couldn’t make an accurate prediction if his life depended on it.

      “That is the daily tracking poll numbers as well. You have to dig deep for the little nugget. Early voting for Democrats is down by 22% from
      2008 altogether. But I don’t want you to dig too deeply, I want you to
      remain your ignorant self until election night.
      ” – mikemc1970

      “Not according to Gallup. Early voting has swung in Romney’s favor 52-45 as of last night. But I don’t want that to discourage you from believing it’s going down exactly like your handlers are telling you it is. I want the reality to be a special surprise on election night from me to you.” – mikemc1970

      “HA! You really are this blindly ignorant. You just keep tapping your silver slippers together and saying “Obama is gonna win”. Over and over again and maybe it will come true.” – mikemc1970

      “He stole the election and you know it piss ant. You’re obfuscation from this fact is very amusing, but as weak as your inferior intellect.” – mikemc1970

      “The fact that Obama has subverted the electoral process that he was able to steal the election. – mikemc1970

      “No, there are 50,000 illegal aliens the left wants to turn into Democrat voters. Most of whom are socially conservative anyway. The Republicans just need a candidate that can reach the large evangelical population.” – mikemc1970

      “No the evangelicals did not come out to vote for moderate Mitt. Did your retard brain not understand?” – mikemc1970

      “Try to wrap your midget mind around this, Short Round: the evangelicals didn’t come out for the primaries because they didn’t like any of the candidates. They didn’t come out for the Republican candidate, in the
      general election, because they still didn’t like him from the primaries.
      Is stupid a genetic condition in your family or did your mother just smoke a lot of crack while pregnant?” – mikemc1970

      • mikemc1970

        Hannitard bleated:

        blah blah blah reality blah blah blah

        cut and paste

        cut and paste

        cut and paste

        cut and paste

        When you can face the reality that Benghazi was a terrorist attack and not protest over some stupid video, then maybe someone will pay any attention to you, maybe.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          I love it how you just ignore all of the many different excuses you used to explain away you blind ignorance and willful denial. No matter how badly you pretend, you can never escape your clear examples of being out of touch with reality and your refusal to accept it.

          Nobody should ever listen to one word you say, and take it for anything other than it is……..meaningless and poorly informed paranoid rhetoric.

          “That is the daily tracking poll numbers as well. You have to dig deep for the little nugget. Early voting for Democrats is down by 22% from 2008 altogether. But I don’t want you to dig too deeply, I want you to remain your ignorant self until election night.” – mikemc1970

          “Not according to Gallup. Early voting has swung in Romney’s favor 52-45 as of last night. But I don’t want that to discourage you from believing it’s going down exactly like your handlers are telling you it is. I want the reality to be a special surprise on election night from me to you.” – mikemc1970

          “HA! You really are this blindly ignorant. You just keep tapping your silver slippers together and saying “Obama is gonna win”. Over and over again and maybe it will come true.” – mikemc1970

          “He stole the election and you know it piss ant. You’re obfuscation from this fact is very amusing, but as weak as your inferior intellect.” – mikemc1970

          “The fact that Obama has subverted the electoral process that he was able to steal the election. – mikemc1970

          “No, there are 50,000 illegal aliens the left wants to turn into Democrat voters. Most of whom are socially conservative anyway. The Republicans just need a candidate that can reach the large evangelical population.” – mikemc1970

          “No the evangelicals did not come out to vote for moderate Mitt. Did your retard brain not understand?” – mikemc1970

          “Try to wrap your midget mind around this, Short Round: the evangelicals didn’t come out for the primaries because they didn’t like any of the candidates. They didn’t come out for the Republican candidate, in the general election, because they still didn’t like him from the primaries. Is stupid a genetic condition in your family or did your mother just smoke a lot of crack while pregnant?” – mikemc1970

          • mikemc1970

            No tard, I got it wrong because Gallup got it wrong. They were using historically accurate data for turnout expectations. It just didn’t actually go down that way. Enthusiasm was way down for Romney.

            Yet you’re still pushing the Benghazi was protest thing like a good useful idiot even though your Dear Leader has done a 180. What a moonbat.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Mr. 1970, you got it wrong because you believe lies.

          • mikemc1970

            No I believe what the data told me, the problem was the data didn’t accurately reflect what went down. Conservatives didn’t come out for the moderate.

  • WOOF

    The hurricane illuminated Romney and Ryans teaparty
    less gov’t, eliminate, stands on FEMA .
    The nation said no , no , no.

    • mikemc1970

      Tell that to the people still starving and freezing on Staten Island.

      • Snarkie

        I can tell how concerned you are about the people of Staten Island. What, using it for driving partisan wedges on the internet and all.

        I think, if you really want to show them some solidarity… you could vote democrat, like they do. ;)

        • mikemc1970

          Or I could do something useful and fulfilling as a human being instead and give to charities that help this sort of thing. Oh wait, I already do.

          • Snarkie

            Prove it.

          • mikemc1970

            That donating to charity is useful and fulfilling endeavor? Either you believe that or you don’t, rummy.

    • HG

      Happiness for a storm that took over 100 lives is cruel.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        He didn’t show happiness, you are lying again.

        Yet the question remains: why did God give Obama a chance to shine, doesn’t it HG?

        • HG
        • Mick

          “why did God give Obama a chance to shine”

          Of course you’re referring to Allah.

        • $16179444

          and Obama is doing anything but…..duped again.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            4 more years! Better buy yourself a dribble cup, Mark.

    • $8194357

      Lets “illuminate” Barrys communist/islamic ideologies compared to

      those “nasty” Tea Party constitutionalists…Comming to America?

      They have had unlimited access to the White House the last four years..

      http://www.barenakedislam.com/category/beheadings-graphic/

      Qur’an 8:12
      ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers.
      Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them.
      Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes’

      End quote

      Ya those “ideologs” in the Tea Party are dangerous huh..

    • $16179444

      how is FEMA working out now?

    • banjo kid

      So it is Ok to deride one president because some agency is not what it is expected to be and let the other skate ? Nothing has changed we are still headed for trouble big time, you will not see it right away but we all will be effected with a super debt that some day will become due and payable . By the way Chris Matthews is mentally ill.

  • Harold

    Chris your a 1% er and you should pay more of your wages to the govt. Its not fair you make more then me.

  • Bob

    Christie could have sacrificed his people like they did in New Orleans. But he didn’t and was better than that.

  • JustRuss

    Third party candidates had more to do with Romney losing than the Governor.

  • Uh, What?
  • ‘Tom Crawford

    Chris Matthews is one of the biggest idiots on TV.

    Seriously, I would love to give him a Gibbs head slap ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqMUuOPsa0o ) for such idiocy.

    A friend of mine just got her electric back after not having it for 4 days. Through which she had flooding with the hurricane, now has two days of snow, and has a Nor’Easter bearing down on them as well.

    Chris Matthews, your an idiot.

  • Neiman

    Chrissy was never a man, he has no values, he worships any man that is for the collective, for redistributive justice, for Communism. He is even lower in ratings than that he/she Maddow, but still rates Rob putting his fat rear on the front page.

  • awfulorv

    It appears convincing Sarah Palin to “stay out” of any meaningful part of this years election was the most potently effective campaign strategy that evolved from the nimble brains of the overpaid political Pooh Bahs. Too bad it was the Republican Gurus, though, who thought of the gambit, and were successful in keeping her off stage. That’s twice now they’ve muzzled one of the most effective politicians I’ve beheld. A dazzling speaker, reminiscent of the down hominess of a Paul Harvey, or a Charles Kuralt. But they saw fit to keep her under wraps? Notice also, the Republican count was down some 8-10 million from ’08. Or was that due to McCain being a more gifted orator, and Debater, and just looking more Presidential than Romney?

  • davo

    Oh my God, why would you ever take seriously anything Dick Morris has to say about presidential elections? He has NO expertise about this, and he has a very long track record of being EXTREMELY wrong on this subject. He doesn’t understand how the numbers work–I mean, days before the election he was predicting a landslide Romney victory. And yet you continue to treat him like an expert. Stunning.

  • Snarkie

    People like Dick Morris, who think that pols, in the middle of natural disasters, should put on prickish partisan shows in order to further their political careers, have become a little too instrumental about… well… the lives and existence of the people they purport to look out for/council/offer prescriptions to.

    Someone should tell Dick that his cynicism is showing.

    Didn’t Ayn Rand repudiate those who have a cynical view of the the world and other people?

  • Snarkie

    The amount of sand
    that Sandy has deposited
    in the conservatives panties?

    It’s a lot.

  • borborygmi

    He is such a douche. He and Rushbo should have a show together. Dueling Douches.

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