This morning, as I sat on my couch eating a bowl of Reeses Puffs (yep, blogger stereotype), I watched as Chris Matthews accused Reince Priebus and Republicans of being bigoted racists for chastising Obama’s changes to welfare reform. He also said Mitt Romney’s joke about a birth certificate was racist, even though Obama has often joked about it himself. Reince kept his cool, but he fired back after the segment, twice as hard:
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus responded to verbal attacks MSNBC host Chris Matthews launched at him during a heated television appearance Monday, dismissing the left-leaning host’s relevance in the political world.
“If more than 10 people actually watched his show I’d actually care,” Priebus told a gaggle of reporters Monday. “But they don’t. So whatever.”
Matthews slammed Priebus when both men appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, accusing the Republican Party and its presidential nominee Mitt Romney of playing the race card and calling Priebus’ views “insane.” He also excoriated Priebus for his insistence that President Obama is “looking to Europe for guidance.”
“You are playing that little ethnic card there,” Matthews told Priebus. ”You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card.”
If Chris Matthews thinks any legitimate conversation about welfare reform is racist, I think it’s pretty clear that he’s the one with racist stereotypes, not the people trying to incentivize success and make the system more sustainable. Reince is right to slam Matthews, who continues to lose any credibility he once had. As his viewership dwindles in comparison to other hosts, on both his network and others, he needs to resort to more inane rhetoric to stay relevant.