Egomaniac Chris Matthews Lectures Rep. Alan Grayson About Congress


Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) was on MSNBC’s Hardball tonight to talk about his plan for passing healthcare, but host Chris Matthews kept attacking Grayson and claiming that a sitting member of the House of Representatives does not understand the “real world” of Congress.

Here is the video:

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The interview started confrontationally and stayed that way through this exchange:

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 are doing. You are pandering.

Grayson: You are wrong. This is something that we talk about with leadership in our caucus meetings every week.

The interview ended with this exchange:
Matthews: This is the problem, Congressman. Every night we deal with two worlds, the real world of Congress that has to do things and get things passed, and this outside world represented by the netroots and people like yourself, who play this game.

Grayson: What are you talking about? I sit in meetings with the Democratic caucus with meetings every week! I’m telling you, this is what we’re talking about. This is what the leadership is telling us.

Matthews: We’ll make a side bet that it’s not going to happen. Congressman Alan Grayson, a true believer that you can get things done by willing it to get done!

It takes a gigantic ego for a talk show host who worked on the Hill decades ago to tell a sitting member of Congress that he knows more about what’s going on than they do. This was nothing more than a Chris Matthews egofest. Someone needs to tell Chris, that Congress has changed in the years since he has been there.

Matthews has a big problem with the netroots people, probably because they tend to call him out on his flip-flopping ways. Matthews is one of those television people who looks down on the Internet, and since Grayson is friendly with the netroots community, Chris Matthews felt the need to treat him like he knows nothing and lecture him.

Alan Grayson has done something that Chris Matthews has never been able to do, be elected to office, (Matthews ran for Congress in 1974 and lost in the primary). It is disrespectful for Matthews behave the way he did. He could have argued with Grayson on policy, without inserting his own ego. This kind of behavior is why Hardball posted some of its worst ratings ever in 2009.

5 Replies to “Egomaniac Chris Matthews Lectures Rep. Alan Grayson About Congress”

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  2. Alan Grayson is a disgrace to this great Country. He is an elected ofificla and doesn’t even know what parlimintarian procedures exsist in the Congress he works in. What is wrong with the people in Orlando Florida that elected tis bafoon to office. He is another one of the slime ball democrats that needs to be flushed down the toilet this Nov.

  3. about PARLIAMENTARY procedures, and the people in his district seem a lot smarter than those who voted for Bachmann in her district.

    He’s boffo, not a buffoon (the is no such word as bafoon, sewer-breath).

  4. It cracks me up, as well as brings me great joy, to watch those on the left of the political spectrum eat each other alive due to recent events. I was merely looking for an excerpt of the back and forth between Chris Matthews and Rep. Grayson when I came across this whining from jm about the Hardball host’s conduct during his interview. It is quite apparent to me that Matthews showed great restraint during this exchange. Considering the fact that Rep. Grayson was throwing out obfuscations to appease the Kool Aid drinkers (that use the web as their primary resource for the half-assed blogs they regurgitate back into the ether on a daily basis) and failed to show any definitive knowledge of Senate PARLIAMENTARY (I even capitalized that word, just like DG, to make it that much more powerful) procedures, I would say that Matthews gave him a more gentle treatment than he would have given someone from the other side of the isle if they were on his show spouting such nonsense.

    The facts are simple:

    The Democrats in the Senate no longer have a filibuster-proof majority.

    Reconciliation will not be used to skate the Healthcare debacle past the opposing side and its right to filibuster the legislation.

    Chris Matthews was correct in calling bs on Rep. Grayson and (as jm said) the Congress has indeed changed since Chris Matthews was more involved, but this hardly shows that he has not stayed informed regarding most of the procedural changes. He obviously knows more about them than either Rep. Grayson or the liberal spinbloggers on this thread would lead you to believe.

    Sen. Robert Byrd (D) – (you know, the former Exalted Cyclops of the KKK) put through a provision in 1985 (later refined in 1990, aka TITLE 2 > CHAPTER 17A > SUBCHAPTER I > § 644 – Extraneous matter in reconciliation legislation) which greatly limits what Reconciliation can deal with. Matthews was obviously aware of this when he challenged Rep. Grayson on it being used for something other than budgetary legislation. Here is the portion of the Byrd legislation that I find extremely pertinent:

    § 644 (b-1-E) “a provision shall be considered to be extraneous if it increases, or would increase, net outlays, or if it decreases, or would decrease, revenues during a fiscal year after the fiscal years covered by such reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution, and such increases or decreases are greater than outlay reductions or revenue increases resulting from other provisions in such title in such year”

    There is no way reconciliation will be used to jam healthcare through because of that clause alone, for obvious reasons.

    The procedure of filibustering is nothing new and dates back to Ancient Rome. The fact that everybody always acts like it is a dirty trick, when one side uses it against the other, is amazing to me. It is merely one of many ‘checks and balances’ used to prevent one side, especially when they are given too much power, from abusing their branch of the governmental tree.

    I am so happy we Independents were able to turn the tide in Massachusetts. The liberals were definitely in need of the reality check. We did the same to the Republicans in the last presidential election. It may be a two party system,. but it has been obvious for quite sometime that the 3rd party collective is an extremely powerful machine that does its best to keep the donkeys and elephants in check.

    I will just end this by saying to Dog Gone, “Grow up.” – You slam someone (even though he/she was anonymous and probably could not care less) because of their spelling and yet you let the author of this simplistic blog slide on both spelling and grammatical errors because he/she apparently adheres to your political mindset.

    I am human, and therefore may have some mistakes in spelling and/or grammar in the above passages – Please forgive me if this is the case.

  5. I really don’t understand why people who so obviously don’t like the “take” of this blog would bother to read it… Is it so they can expound on how much more they know than those who write here? Is it so they can proclaim their independence whilst spouting Faux News talking points?

    Chris Mathews is a self-important douche who spends the majority of an interview talking over those he interviews. It’s not so much a news program that he hosts as a monologue with ancillary characters.

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