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‘WHAT WAS ROMNEY DOING? HE WAS WINNING!': ANGRY CHRIS MATTHEWS UNLOADS ON OBAMA POST-DEBATE

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‘WHAT WAS ROMNEY DOING? HE WAS WINNING!': ANGRY CHRIS MATTHEWS UNLOADS ON OBAMA POST-DEBATE

If there was any doubt who the liberals thought won Wednesday night's debate, Chris Matthews removed all of it with his post-debate blow-by-blow. The MSNBC host unloaded on the president for not being bold during the debate and engaging Mitt Romney. In fact, at one point he yelled passionately: "What was Romney doing? He was winning!"

 

RealClearPolitics has the transcript [emphasis added]:

"Tonight wasn't an MSNBC debate tonight, was it?" Chris Matthews said after the first Obama-Romney presidential debate concluded on Wednesday night.

"I don't know what he was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. Romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. He had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively, he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it," Matthews said.

"Here's my question for Obama: I know he likes saying he doesn't watch cable television but maybe he should start. Maybe he should start. I don't know how he let Romney get away with the crap he throughout tonight about Social Security," Matthews complained.

Matthews then demanded that President Obama start watching cable news, specifically his program.

"Where was Obama tonight? He should watch - well, not just Hardball, Rachel, he should watch you, he should watch the Reverend Al [Sharpton], he should watch Lawrence. He would learn something about this debate. There's a hot debate going on in this country. You know where it's been held? Here on this network is where we're having the debate," Matthews said.

"We have our knives out," Matthews said, admitting his network is trying their best to defend Obama and his policies. "We go after the people and the facts. What was he doing tonight? He went in their disarmed."

"He was like, ‘Oh an hour and half? I think I can get through this thing. And I don't even look at this guy.' Whereas Romney - I love the split-screen - staring at Obama, addressing him like prey. He did it just right. ‘I'm coming at an incumbent. I got to beat him. You‘ve got to beat the champ and I'm going to beat him tonight. And I don't care what this guy, the moderator, whatever he thinks he is because I'm going to ignore him," Matthews said.

"What was Romney doing?" Matthews asked. "He was winning."

"If he does five more of these nights, forget it," Matthews added. "Obama should watch MSNBC, my last point. He will learn something every night on this show and all these shows. This stuff we're watching, it's like first grade for most of us. We know all this stuff."

Fellow hosts Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow shared their thoughts, too. And the were quite dejected. You can see their comments here. How did others in the media react? See our complete roundup here.

by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM
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everydayjill
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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Okay, so Romney was on during the debate. However, which Romney would we get in office? The one who has flipflopped more than an Olympic gymnast over the last eighteen months or the charmer last night? I still have yet to hear substance or solid plans from Romney, unless it is attacking.

I'll take a wonkish professorial Obama over Romney. Any day.

godotherightthi
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

 

Quoting LIMom1105:

So, the liberal elite media isn't soooo in the bag for Obama, are they?

 I know, right!?  The story isn't that Chris Matthews lost it, it's that he threw his entire network under the bus in the process.

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM
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Other than Obama being the cause of his own debate failure,  the liberal media  should look in the mirror...they aided in Obama's debate failure.  The liberal media has never challenged Obama. Obama wasn't prepared when he was challenged.   Obama's own team set up interviews with radio stations, fluff tv, fluff magazine, etc....set him up for failure.

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Yeah, pretty much every democrat I know was not happy with Obama's performance last night. 

Especially men.  My husband was pissed.

AdellesMom
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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I love how people are acting like Romney's win last night seals the election. That's an illogical and unrealistic approach. There are three debates left: the Vice Presidential Debate and two more Presidential Debates.

No, Obama wasn't on top of his game. I was upset about that too. But, Romney was a jackass last night. Romney gave the people what they wanted--a rude SOB that doesn't shut up. Obama was doing his darnedest not to go that route. Honestly, if he had, you all would be pegging him as angry, spiteful, rude, etc. Obama cannot win in that respect.

I never thought that Obama would win all three debates. Anyone who thought that either Romney or Obama would win all three debates is a bit naive IMO.

I hope that Obama steps his game up for the next two debates.
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MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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Quoting everydayjill:

Okay, so Romney was on during the debate. However, which Romney would we get in office? The one who has flipflopped more than an Olympic gymnast over the last eighteen months or the charmer last night? I still have yet to hear substance or solid plans from Romney, unless it is attacking.

I'll take a wonkish professorial Obama over Romney. Any day.

Honestly, I really shouldn't be that suprised by Romney's debate performance.  Romney's greatest ability is being able to turn himself into what he needs to be at any given moment.  He's the best job candidate of all time -- he'll say whatever he needs to to get the job.  It's been the one consistent thing about him.

And (in my opinion) Obama has never been a good debater.  I remember the democratic debates during the primaries -- he is overly professorial, wonkish, and never attacks.  His oratorical style is well-suited for big speeches, but a big detriment in the debates.

I think he'll do better next round, because he'll know more how he's coming off, but I'm still skeptical. 

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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For those who think Romney got more air time than Obama, you're wrong... a study was already done and Obama got more air time.....once again quantity does not beat quality

jcrew6
by Jenney on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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Quoting LIMom1105:

So, the liberal elite media isn't soooo in the bag for Obama, are they?



More like they were embarrassed that Obama let them down. They tried to make excuses for him. Pathetic.
JustCJ
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Anything to not have to admit he sounded un-educated and ill-prepared I guess.

Quoting jcrew6:

Quoting LIMom1105:

So, the liberal elite media isn't soooo in the bag for Obama, are they?





More like they were embarrassed that Obama let them down. They tried to make excuses for him. Pathetic.
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Mandi1215
by Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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Obama actually nodded when Romney was talking, like he was agreeing with him.  Thank you Mr. President, you agree with Mitt Romney, you might as well just hand him the white house keys. haha  Works for me!  He either had his head down, nodding at Romney, smiling at Romney, or showed his anger on his face.  Romney showed his leadership!!!

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