A furious Chris Matthews on Monday railed against Cory Booker
for his "betrayal" and "sabotage" of fellow Democrat Barack Obama. A
bewildered Matthews couldn't understand why the Newark mayor would
"trash" the President.
Howling over Booker's break from party loyalty, Matthews snarled, "... I think [this] was an act of sabotage. Whatever the intention was, [Booker] was trashing the entire Obama campaign of the summer." The Hardball host then played a clip of Obama "trying to defend himself against what looked like something like a betrayal." [MP3 audio here.]
(Matthews was so upset he led a second, live at 7 PM EDT edition of Hardball, with multiple fresh segments on the same topic.)
Talking to liberals David Corn and Howard Fineman during the 5 PM EDT hour, Matthews attempted to
deride Booker as some sort of heretic: "On comes Cory Booker,
supposedly a surrogate for President Obama, comes on the show listed as a
surrogate, points out he's got surrogate notes in his hand, said he's
been working as a surrogate and then trashes the entire campaign..."
The cable anchor marveled at the "astounding" nature of the mayor's comments, ridiculously asserting, "I never saw anything like this that we saw on Meet the Press yesterday."
Of course, such things happen to Republicans all the time. In fact, MSNBC has a three hour show where Republicans are brought on to trash other Republicans. It's called Morning Joe. The only difference is that Matthews and other journalists applaud those acts of "betrayal."
A transcript of the comments can be found below: