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Rhonda Robinson

Has Chris Matthews Lost that Lovin' Feelin’?

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Posted on November 6 2009 3:00 pm
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.
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“This whole thing is starting to smell like the Clinton era.” -- Chris Matthews

Coming from a man who usually possesses the objectivity of a lovesick puppy when it comes to Obama, Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball sounded out of character when he barked at White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, accusing the president of hanging out with the rich cats, and smelling like a Clinton.

Matthews: “You’re a communications expert, I know it’s tough to have to defend the White House and speak the complete truth… It seems that this president has had to go to a lot of fund raisers lately. He’s played a lot of golf lately, he’s hung around with Geithner, and Summers, and the Paulson crowd. The whole New York rich guy scene; he’s beginning to look like a Clinton. He looks like a typical Democrat now. Hanging out, playing golf, going to rich people’s parties, bringing people in the White House to go bowling. I mean this whole thing is beginning to smell like the Clinton era. What happened to the change we believed in? I’m asking?”

Gibbs seemed slightly off guard when a disenchanted Matthews wanted to know why the president of change had become prince of Wall Street.

Matthews complains to Gibbs,

“People don’t like Goldman Sachs, they don’t like these bailouts…Why are Democrats being put in the position as being seen as the pro-Wall Street party?”

After all, Democrats are for the working man right? That’s what my grandfather used to say.

So have things really changed as Matthews fears? Are the Democrats now in office in the pocket of the rich and powerful? Has the love affair between the White House and Chris Matthews lost its thrill?

The short answer to all three questions is simply–no.

Democrats have always been the rich and powerful. (Hello? Do the names Kennedy, Soros, Rockefeller, or Gates ring any bells?) Nothing has changed in that regard.

What has changed is how Americans support their families and fuel the American economy. We are no longer primarily dependent on manufacturing jobs.

In July of 2007, Inc. reported that small businesses with less than 50 employees accounted for more than half of all jobs created in the private-sector that previous June while large businesses were cutting 4,000 jobs.

Small businesses in the service sector alone added 84,000 new jobs. Again, contrast with the manufacturing businesses which added a mere 7,000. And that was when times were still “good.”

This administration has done little to nothing for the private-sector, therefore has done nothing for real job creation or the economy. This is a concept the left simply refuses to grasp. There is no concentration of power they can easily tap into.

In the beginning, for one fleeting moment, I thought Obama’s faithful lapdog, Chris Matthews, had broke loose and saw this president as the elitist he is. But then, in the end all Gibbs had to do was tickle his ears with promises of health care and it was all over.

Matthews promptly rolled over and wet himself again.

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