Matthews Special 'Rise of the New Right' Pretty Much What You'd Expect

May 28th, 2010 4:03 PM
A promo for a new Chris Matthews special on the "Rise of the New Right" is pretty much what you'd expect: Rand Paul, 9/11 Truther Alex Jones, and lots of militiamen shooting guns. That is the doctrinaire leftist snapshot of the Tea Party movement, so it stands to reason that Matthews will extrapolate it into some dire warning about our political future.

"There is a rising tide on the right," Matthews's ominously declares. "The tea party is determined to take power, what does that mean for America?" A claim by a militiaman that "the government's too big" is immediately followed by gunshots - a not too subtle way to paint Americans who favor less government (a majority, by the way) as extremists ala the infamous Hutaree Militia.

The promo opens with Rand Paul's "message from the Tea Party: we've come to take our government back." Paul's recent gaffe - he said he would not have voted for Title II of the Civil Rights Act - will probably give Matthews an easy segue into discussion of the horrible racists that make up the movement. The presence of Alex Jones suggests that Matthews will try to paint Tea Partiers as conspiracy theorists as well (video below the fold).

Like I said, pretty much what you would expect. After all, this is the same Chris Matthews who wondered, "What are the Tea Partiers really angry about? Health care reform, or the fact that it was an African American President and a woman Speaker of the House who pushed through major change?"

This is the same Chris Matthews who misquoted Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers in an effort to downplay his fond memories of bombing federal buildings; the same Chris Matthews who told radical anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, "you sound more informed than most U.S. congresspeople so maybe you should run."