Attention Chris Matthews: 'Slim' Pickens Rode the Bomb in 'Dr. Strangelove' Not 'Sam' Pickens

July 28th, 2011 1:07 AM

Just how totally out of touch is MSNBC's Chris Matthews?

At the beginning of Wednesday's "Hardball," he said the actor who famously rode the bomb at the end of the classic film "Dr. Strangelove" was "Sam" Pickens (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Good evening, I'm Chris Matthews in Washington. Leading off tonight: Republicans gone rogue. If this deficit crisis were a game of chicken, by now the Republicans would have tossed the steering wheel out the window, dumped a cinder block on the accelerator, and be yahooing like Sam Pickens riding the bomb at the end of "Dr. Strangelove.”

Nice job, Chris.

Try to keep this in mind the next time you devote an entire segment to a teleprompterless misstatement by Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, or any other conservative you despise.

Sam Pickens...sheesh!