A frothing Chris Matthews on Thursday excoriated the "nasty," "shameless" Newt Gingrich for
robbing "the political arena of joy and humanity."
The Hardball host even compared the 2012 Republican presidential candidate to a famous horror movie villain: "I cannot believe there are young Republicans idealists out there, young people with hope who want our country to be good and have good politics to want to resurrect this element of Freddy Krueger, Nightmare on Elm Street politics."
Matthews isn't entirely original here. On June 08, 2009 ,
the anchor said this of Dick Cheney: "Freddy Krueger comes back in
every movie and this guy is back every day." (Interestingly, on December 18, 2007 , it was Matthews who wore a Freddy-style sweater on Hardball.)
The cable host devoted his entire closing "Let Me Finish" commentary to Gingrich, associating the politician with nearly everything that's wrong in the world: "Newt is the guy that brought nastiness to the U.S. Congress in the 1980s. Newt is a downward influence on American politics."
Earlier in the show, Matthews accused Gingrich of racism in the way he talks about Barack Obama. He theorized, "It's street corner and Newt Gingrich has sort of picked up on it, because it conveys the notion of ghetto hustler. I mean, I know what he's doing here and you know what he's doing."
A partial transcript of the two segments can be found below: