Not merely does Chris Matthews claim that Hillary Clinton was "shocked" to learn that Bill was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Matthews can't imagine anybody thinking she wasn't shocked.
On today's With All Due Respect, Matthews said "I don't think anybody thought that she wasn't shocked when this Monica thing came about. You just look at her face in the old clips. You can see she couldn't believe it had happened." Of course. After all, Monica is on record in the Starr Report saying that Bill confided to her that he had "hundreds" of affairs before the age of 40. That's on top of the hundreds of affairs that Dick Morris says Clinton had while in the White House. So naturally Hillary "couldn't believe" that Bill would fool around with a zoftig intern. Right.
No wonder Hillary chose Matthews for her first interview of the new year, airing on MSNBC this evening. Question: could Matthews really be this naive, or is he simply a cynical Clinton sycophant?
JOHN HEILEMANN: Do you think that a fight with Donald Trump is what the Clintons want or do you think they feel as though it is in their best interest to avoid that fight as long as possible?
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well I think Trump is very good at getting down in the mud. You know the old expression: don't get in a peeing match with a skunk. And I think it applies. Trump will say anything about a person personally. He even accused Hillary of being an enabler. And I don't think anybody thought that she wasn't shocked when this Monica thing came about. You just look at her face in the old clips. You can see he couldn't believe it had happened. And the idea she somehow enabled that whole thing and she had something to do with the impeachment is fairly outrageous.