The Left presents itself as the party of enlightened tolerance, manning the garrisons against right-wing hatemongers who are eager to turn back the clock to the Dark Ages (the 1950s). But last night on MSNBCâ€™s Hardball, Chris Matthews used a Fifties-era phrase coined to mock homosexuals.
Matthewsâ€™ guest, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, began the segment by plugging his upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars. The 62-year-old Texan joked that he found only one drawback to his new gig, holding up the shoe he must wear. That inspired this exchange:
Matthews: Thatâ€™s a little pump, isnâ€™t it?
DeLay: Itâ€™s a little pump, with high heels.
Matthews: Are you gonna be a little light in that shoe, I think? No more comment. Letâ€™s just drop this conversation.
Again at the end of the segment, DeLay held the footwear aloft and said, â€œHow about these shoes?â€ Matthews replied, â€œI think youâ€™re going through some changes, Sir.â€
The left-wing, Soros-funded website Media Matters immediately seized on the spectacle â€“ to bash Tom DeLay. Left-wing bloggers soon regurgitated its myopic focus. Virtually none mentioned the hostâ€™s reference to The Hammer being light in the loafers. FireDogLake made a joke of it –Â rather as Matthews has of his once-promising show. Glynnis MacNicol at Mediaite picked up on the line. As of this writing, only David Hart of Tips-Q, a gay activist blog, has mentioned the â€œhomophobic stereotypesâ€ Matthews spread.
Had these words been spoken by Rush Limbaugh, Bill Oâ€™Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, or any townhall protester in the country, the left-wing blogosphere would be on fire, Media Matters would have sent out a blast FAX, GLAAD would have called a boycott, and it would be the lead story on every program in MSNBC prime time.
Then again, if these words had been spoken by one of those conservative media personalities, someone would have heard them….