Newt Gingrich Tells Chris Matthews 'You Have a More Ruthless Approach to Politics Than I Do'

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told MSNBC's Chris Matthews Thursday, "You have a more ruthless approach to politics than I do."

This occurred at the end of a lengthy discussion between the two on Hardball when the host strangely began asking his guest what animals he likes at the zoo (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Do you like the reptile house?



MATTHEWS: Why do you like the reptile house? Because most people are afraid to go in there.


GINGRICH: They're astonishingly successful. They do it in a totally different way than we do, and they have been successful for a very long time.

MATTHEWS: Favorite snake?

GINGRICH: Probably a python.

MATTHEWS: Why? A constrictor, right?

GINGRICH: Big and passive.

MATTHEWS: Constrictor?

GINGRICH: Yes. It's...

MATTHEWS: You like the constrictor aspect of it?

GINGRICH: No, I just think they're very...


MATTHEWS: You like that it eats cows whole?


GINGRICH: They don't eat cows whole.


MATTHEWS: What about a mamba? I would have thought you would like a black mamba. They go 30 miles an hour. They attack your nervous system. You have got 15 minutes to live. They attack like this and they keep attacking.

GINGRICH: You have a more ruthless approach to politics than I do.


MATTHEWS: Anyway, thank you. The black mamba has been here. Anyway, thank you, Newt Gingrich. Please come back.

At this point in both of their careers, I would agree with Gingrich for Matthews clearly is willing to do anything to get Barack Obama reelected.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.