Although presented subtly, Chris Matthews treated us to another anti-Sarah Palin, anti-Second Amendment exclusive, via the “Sideshow” video blog segment of his program Hardball last evening. What caught Matthewsâ€™ ire this time was that Palin had received an award from the NRA (National Rifle Association) for gun collecting, as well as accolades for her strong support of a citizen’s constitutional right to bear arms.
It was only last month, Matthews reminds us, that Palin made the following â€œrallying cryâ€ during her farewell speech as Governor of Alaska, which launched the opening salvo of her pro-gun â€œcrusadeâ€:
You are going to see anti-hunting, anti-Second Amendment circuses from Hollywood. Stand strong and remind them that Patriots will protect our individual, guaranteed right to bear arms; and by the way, Hollywood needs to know: we eat, therefore, we hunt.
Palin receivedÂ her award at an NRA event in Alaska this past weekend, thereby taking the next step in her pro-gun crusade, according to Matthews. Quoting from the NRA website, Matthews sneered contemptuously while telling his viewers how Palin “was presented with the NRAâ€™s Gold Medal Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting. Itâ€™s an award that has only been bestowed twice in the last decade.” “It’s a bad day for moose,” said Matthews.
It may or may not be a bad day for moose, but Matthews is certainly nervous about something.
Could it be that the root cause of Matthewsâ€™ nervousness is an acute awareness of Palinâ€™s genuine connection with the average American, whose views are in line with hers when it comes to the Second Amendment?
Could it be that Chris Matthews — who last year, while covering the presidential race, proudly proclaimed in a spirited interview that he opposes the idea of concealed carry permits and wants the â€œpeople to be disarmed,â€ — is afraid of Sarah Palin?
It would seem that the answer is yes.