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Matthews' view of McCain versus Obama

Newsbusters has a post today that I had to laugh at. It's Chris Matthews' line of the day, and I don't think he realized how it sounded:

MATTHEWS: Let's say we're on the Titanic, as I said, and you knew it was sinking, some people are jumping off the huge ocean liner and getting to lifeboats that are bobbing out there in the cold, dark ocean. You look around the Titanic, the lights are still on, the music's still playing, the ship's still above the water, it seems secure. You've been comfortable there before. Do you stay on the Titanic, knowing it might sink, or do you get into that crowded lifeboat and take a chance with the unknown dangers of the ocean at night? That's what a lot of people feel about this election right now. It's future change versus past security. Barack Obama, young, little known candidate, is all about change. John McCain, a familiar member of the Washington establishment, as defined by his hawkish views on national security. Tonight we're gonna take a look at the decision in '08. And joining us right now is Pat Buchanan and Joan Walsh and John Harwood. So Pat, you're first. That's a big decision. You gotta decide to get out of the big boat that's sinking-

PAT BUCHANAN: Right.

MATTHEWS: -and get in the little boat or stay there.

BUCHANAN: I think you stay on the big boat and go on down with it, Chris.

MATTHEWS: Ha! That's what you did with Nixon! You never talked.

BUCHANAN: What, look, what, what Barack offers is, you're right, he offers freshness, youth, change but also risk.

MATTHEWS: And deliverance.

What kind of deliverance is Obama offering us? Based upon Obama's economic policies, tax hikes, and foreign policy of speaking to our enemies without conditions, I'd say it's this kind of deliverance.


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Something to be remembered ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Something to be remembered - there weren't enough lifeboats on the Titanic for everyone.

I think this is a rather bad metaphor. First, you've got to persuade people the ship IS actually sinking, that the crew can't stop the inrush of water - and that YOUR alternative isn't going to be nearly so bad.

You only evacuate to lifeboats when there's no other choice, not because some charismatic fello passenger persuades everyone to bail.

More and more I'm getting the feeling that Obama's actual qualifications for President aren't that he's capable of handling the job - it's that he learned oratory quite well and is charismatic to boot. If he were a preacher, he'd be another Jerry Falwell. A salesman, and he'd be million-dollar club for sure.

But capable of running the country? No. I'm really not seeing it, much as I'd like to believe he's got a clue and his programs wouldn't blue-screen the US. Rebooting the US after a crash would be a hell of a job...

I think Matthews was thinki... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I think Matthews was thinking more along the lines of: deliver us from evil, for thine are the power and the glory...

Obama has yet to deliver as... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Obama has yet to deliver as a U.S. Senator. He hasn't had one piece of significant legislation passed, and he hasn't shown one iota of leadership in any committee hearing.

Why are you wasting time wi... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Why are you wasting time with this drek? I wanna see the Michelle Obama "whitey" video!

Get on it, Media... er, I mean Blog Mythbusters!

Deliverance from what to wh... (Below threshold)
914:

Deliverance from what to what? The greatest country ever to a failed third world also ran it appears, judging by His stuttering teleprompted pychobabble.

"Deliverance"????? Are we ... (Below threshold)
The_Basseteer:

"Deliverance"????? Are we supposed to squeal like a pig??

The Titanic analogy is base... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The Titanic analogy is based on hindsight. No one in their right mind would have abandoned the Titanic before it hit the iceberg. I know the left likes to think the US is in such bad shape that's it's doomed if it doesn't make drastic changes, but the changes Obama wants to make lead into deeper trouble, not out of it.

Back to the Titanic Analogy. If the captain had taken the conservative course and speed to start with the Titanic would have made it across the Atlantic without incident.

Couldn't Obama just walk ac... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Couldn't Obama just walk across the water to safety, with the little children in His arms?

MATTHEWS: And deliveranc... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

MATTHEWS: And deliverance.

This has indeed become a religion.

That is scary.

There hasn't been this much Kool-Aid visible since Jonestown.

Hey, KP, enuff with the Red... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Hey, KP, enuff with the Redneck insults; that's an MSNBC and Liberal strategist job! We residents of Appalachia are proud of the work ethic required to keep one's neck red. Buncha' pasty-faced Liberals need to come down to my home area of the Chattooga River for a wilderness trip. We'll show them how to be Green, live off the land, hug the Bible, and shoot guns. Haters.

Who gets to play the banjo ... (Below threshold)

Who gets to play the banjo with Obama?

I too would like to be g... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

I too would like to be gifted with deliverance--from Chrissy and all his ilk.

Believe in Yourself ... (Below threshold)

Believe in Yourself

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were
meant to be there. To serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or
help figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be but when you lock eyes with them, you
know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible,
painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming
those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, will
power or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of
good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer
stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small
tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.
Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you
experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned
from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because
they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious
to whom you open your heart.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they
love you, but because they are teaching you to love and to open your heart
and eyes to little things. Make every day count.

Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can,
for you may never be able to experience it again.

Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let
yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a
great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in
yourself, no one else will believe in you. Create your own life and then go
out and live it.

"If you take your eyes off your goals, all you see are obstacles."


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