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The Mouse that Roared: Chris Matthews Declares War on Glenn Beck

Posted on February 5 2011 2:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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In 1955, satirist Leonard Wibberly wrote a sendup of American foreign aid called, The Mouse that Roared, in which a microscopic, medieval and poverty stricken country, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, invades the United States in order to be defeated and rebuilt like Germany and Japan.  In 1959, it was released as a pretty good adaptation starring Peter Sellers.

This week, Chris Matthews declared war on Glen Beck, undoubtedly hoping Beck would respond and millions of people who don’t know Chris Matthews exists would become aware of his TV show, Hardball.

Among the ironic comments included a shot from Chris that Beck’s ratings were down a third… in other words, (if true) Beck has lost from his audience about 3 times the number of Harball’s total audience.

This would leave Beck with an audience a mere 6 times that of Matthews— about the same as ever, since Matthews suffered a drop of about a quarter, himself!

So Mathews has spent the week calling Beck a lunatic, hoping to provoke a fight that would put him on the map.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: “Does anybody check this guy’s copy over there? Is FOX saying that they believe this stuff, this argument, the latest, that we should arm up personally, build our bunkers and vote against Democrats or any Republican that doesn’t side with Beck and Bachmann and the rest of this band of looney tunes?

Check out this incoherent exchange– complete with another completely gratuitous Chris Matthews movie reference– in which Chris, and the ever-condescending Gene Robinson argue against things no one is arguing for, in a segment featuring also Eric Boehlert, of the George Soros-funded Media Matters.

ROBINSON: — the communists and the Islamists have always worked together?  Except the fact that they‘re always trying to kill each other.

MATTHEWS:  And the socialists, too.


MATTHEWS:  You know who hates—you know who hates—who hates the socialists the most?  The communists.


MATTHEWS:  Doesn‘t this guy have any sense of history?

That’s big talk from a guy who thinks “frogmen like in Captain Nemo” should have fixed the BP oil spill at depths that would crush a nuclear submarine, didn’t know John Adams was a British subject before the American Revolution, didn’t know the 2nd Amendment was part of the original Constitution and claimed it was written by Republicans—but thought the 14th Amendment was “always” there, doesn’t understand the 3/5 compromise, thinks that there are “Seven Days in May types” in the Pentagon just waiting to take over the country, and is sure that assassination has been more common in America than in Mexico, Iraq or Uganda.

But wait, there’s more!

MATTHEWS:  And socialists were a big part of building the modern Israel.  What is he talking about?


ROBINSON:  This is the stuff normally you would prescribe medication.


ROBINSON:  He—he—no, I‘m serious.  And—and, normally, it does  nobody any good.  Glenn Beck says this.  He says that.  He says this crazy…

Of course, both Jamie Glazov in United in Hate, and David Horowitz in Unholy Alliance, have done exemplary work in explaining the Left/Islamist alliance.  In his book Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowden pointed out that the young radicals who stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979– the first big battle in the current jihad, had Leftist training and ideals– but Chris has a history of just thinking that yelling something is true or not true will make it so.

And disproving Beck’s arguments was not the point anyway, as we shall see.

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