Liberal cheerleader Chris Matthews could barely contain his excitement, Monday, spinning “brilliant” Hillary Clinton’s debate performance as a “home run” and declaring the race to be “over.” Matthews resorted to movie references, declaring, “I was watching A Few Good Men and she was Tom Cruise and he was Jack Nicholson. It was not close. It was over tonight.”
Matthews cheered, “ I counted home runs tonight, 5-0. Hillary hit them on everything.” As though he were blurbing a movie poster, the Hardball host hailed, “She gave a great answer and her fifth home run was her brilliant close. She cleaned his clock tonight. It was a bit embarrassing for Trump.”
As for Republicans, “It was a disaster for them. Their candidate didn’t have the temperament to display that you have to display when you reach a 100 million people.” Matthews concluded, “Very clear result. Hillary won big time. It was a shutout.”
For more on how liberal debate moderator Lester Holt weighed in on Clinton’s side, go here.
A partial transcript is below:
MSNBC post debate coverage
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I thought it was a shutout for Hillary. Kellyanne Conway said it was going to be --- that her candidate, Trump, was the home run debater, the babe Ruth of debaters. I counted home runs tonight, 5-0. Hillary hit him on everything, on his tax returns, failure too release them, hit him hard on stiffing his suppliers, hit him the birther issue. Very strong. Lester asked tough questions about racial issues, policing. He couldn’t answer them. She gave a great answer and her fifth home run was her brilliant close. She cleaned his clock tonight. It was a bit embarrassing for Trump. I thought a bit that I was watching A Few Good Men and she was Tom Cruise and he was Jack Nicholson. It was not close. It was over tonight. Very clear result. Hillary won big time. It was a shutout.
MATTHEWS: This is a shut out tonight. This isn’t the nuanced presentation all the surrogates are giving you tonight. I know everybody has their job to do like Governor Christie and everybody comes up here. It's all somewhat nuanced. This is a shutout. All the Republicans down here. They know what happened tonight. It was a disaster for them. Their candidate didn’t have the temperament to display that you have to display when you reach a 100 million people. A lot of people saw the guy tonight for the first time. Maybe half the audience for the first time got a really good look at a guy who they heard good or bad things about and now they think, “Wait a minute. He doesn’t seem steady. He seems to be out of wind most of the time.” Hillary looked like the healthy one. She looked like the one with stamina and intellectual coherence. This was a shutout. I’m telling you. And I know that Carville’s being cagey about this and saying, “Well, I don’t know.” And some other people are questioning whether there will be a pivot and a shift. I think there is going to be a shift in the next couple days. I think the suburban woman watching tonight is going to say, “My God. I’m so proud of Hillary!” She may be to the left of me. I may not like some things about her, but damn it, I was proud to be a woman tonight.” She stood up to this guy. And he looked out of it, like he couldn’t control the moment.