I almost choked on my Lucky Charms yesterday when MSNBC pundit Chris "Thrill Up My Leg" Matthews accused Obama of being more concerned with his own image in the midst of the Veterans Affairs fiasco than with the individuals who have been directly harmed as a result of the scandal. In a segment that included a lively discussion with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and former Sen. Bob Kerry, Matthews hammered President Obama for focusing too much on the public relations aspect of the scandal's fallout.
"The president is probably worried about Shinseki," said the "Hardball" host Thursday night. "He should [instead] be worrying about the patient sitting out there; four months and he hasn't heard from a doctor. That's what he should be talking about, not the PR of himself or the credentials of the administrator, but the person out there who served this country and has a real enough problem to go see a doctor, but no doctor will see him, even though he was part of -- isn't this the bargain when you go into the military? You'll be looked at when you come home? And these people aren't even being looked at, let alone treated. It's frightening."
That's quite a load of criticism coming from the guy who essentially admitted to having an Obama-gasm every time the president speaks and even went so far as to compare Obama to Jesus. Maybe that initial thrill up Matthews' leg is starting to wear off. (Six years too late.)
Honestly, Matthews could just be playing to his viewers (all eight of them) as he knows that the VA scandal has sparked outrage from members of both political parties in Washington. Since he's a far left loon, he might as well join the chorus and feign outrage too. (Whether it's genuine or phony is anybody's guess at this point.) With MSNBC's ratings plummeting to an all-time low (though not quite as bad as CNN's), this could simply be the network's new methodology for keeping things fresh and unpredictable. Something tells me it won't save them though. The entire network is sinking faster than Jim Carrey's career. (Ok, maybe not quite as fast, but they're gaining on him.)
Obama is in quite a pickle. He's rapidly losing the support and admiration of many on the left. The VA scandal has damaged his credibility almost as much as Obamacare. The average uninformed American could care less about Obama's radical ideologies and even his administration's cover-ups. Trust me, I'm surrounded by these people every day. But when you hit the average American in the wallet (as happened with higher insurance premiums) or when you disrespect or mistreat our veterans and military, it tends to piss us off. Now you have our attention.
I know Matthews hasn't abandoned Obama completely. He'll be humping the president's leg again by Monday. But Obama's latest approval numbers are abysmal. Democratic voters and far left liberals are becoming increasingly frustrated with the president.
Obama's administration seems to be crumbling under the weight of these scandals and mismanaged policies. As I write this, the president has just announced the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki (which everyone expected) and also the resignation of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (What took him so long?) Carney will be replaced by former Obama advisor and deputy press secretary Josh Earnest. While Carney certainly lasted longer than the average press secretary, it's obvious he is exhausted. Fielding questions on Benghazi, the NSA, the IRS and Obamacare would give anyone gray hair overnight.
The combination of these scandals, the resignation of high profile administration officials and Obama's horrific approval numbers make it blatantly obvious that whatever "thrill" Matthews and others experienced is gone. The excitement that swept over the Obama fanatics back in 2007 and 2008 is dying.
I think legendary West coast blues musician/singer B.B. King said it best with his 1970's hit:
The thrill is gone
The thrill is gone away, baby
The thrill is gone, baby
The thrill is gone away
You know you done me wrong, baby
And you'll be sorry someday
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