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Tuesday, July 22, 2003


Really Really Hardball

posted by Trammell at Tuesday, July 22, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The link is to an MSNBC story on Ambassador Joe Wilson, also a major topic on tonight's Hardball with Chris Matthews. I watch nearly every night, and tonight was, like, wow. Quite a jolt. Matthews was fairly anti-war pre-invasion, but since then he's flip-flopped. My guess? No more. There was a decisive and seemingly permanent shift in his attitude. Matthews is like a dog with a bone -- and yes, I mean more than usual -- on the 16 words and the State of the Union and the Case for War. This must be a GoodThing. (TM 2003

Though I guess I saw it coming, it has never been as clear as it was tonight. The Andrea Mitchell report on the retaliation by the White House against Ambassador Wilson and his wife was quite a piece of reporting. Then, Chris Matthews just hammers Ralph Reed into a well-tanned bundle of twitching nerves. It was a joy to behold. Later, the debate with Howard Fineman, Dee Dee Myers, and Ed Rollins was pretty damaging punditry for Cheney.

These scandals get worse by the day, is Bush in freefall? I bet that Condoleeza is sure regretting the "16 words" meme right about now -- and that aircraft carrier landing is start to look the doomed folly of an arrogant king. It reminds of the painters Napoleon hired as official millitary campaign artists, who transformed mules into majestic white horses.

Once the transcript is up, I'll post some highlights, but you can watch (or record) the entire hour at 11:00 p.m. PDT / 2:00 a.m. EDT on MSNBC -- catch it if you can.


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