Imagine that in some future presidential election, two Mexican-American candidates are vying for the Dem nomination. The Dem frontrunner announces he won't participate in the next debate. And a conservative pundit sneeringly says "who's going to watch a debate between the two Mexican guys?" Now imagine all hell descending on that hapless conservative for his breach of political correctness.
Will anything similar befall Chris Matthews? Of course not. But on Hardball this evening, as news was breaking that Donald Trump won't participate in Thursday's debate in protest over Megyn Kelly's presence on the panel, Matthews said "who's going to watch a debate between the two Cuban guys?"
KATY TUR: Corey Lewandowski [Trump campaign manager] who's standing right over here, is telling reporters that Trump's word is his bond and that he will not be participating in this debate. I will say he has threatened this in the past and he's still shown up. We'll have to see how it plays out.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Is this a threat or a statement? What's Lewandoski saying? What's Corey saying? Is this a statement or a threat. Why don't you check with that. Robert [Costa of WaPo]. Who's going to watch a debate between the two Cuban guys? Who's going to watch a debate between Rubio, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz? Who cares?!