Pundit-extraordinaire Chris Matthews of MSNBC has quite a mouth on him. With all the talking he does on Hardball, "exceptional" comments range from the obscene to the hilarious. He's a mixed bag and the viewer never knows what inane thing he'll say next (probably why he gets to stay on cable day-in and day-out). Well last night his new found feelings for the No-Talk McCain showed through. Summing up the debate and the candidates' demeanor, Matthews wrapped McCain into one hell of a five-letter word while speaking with the New Yorker's John Howard.
Personally I've never referred to John McCain as a troll, especially with so many other wonderful adjectives available in the English language. I do believe I've used the word "curmudgeon" before, so I guess that comes close. Descriptive, yet seldom-used adjectives aside, McCain came off as a grumpy and angry man that could hardly believe that he, John S. McCain, would have to debate anyone that would want to get in his way of becoming President. Really, the arrogance of the Senator was over the top. The fact that he couldn't make eye contact once in over an hour and half says more to the American people than any pundit could, even those that dare call people trolls.
Matthews: "Who do you want to listen to for 4-8 years? It really is part of how we look at these things. Let's start with John McCain. Do you think he was to troll-like, tonight? You know, too much of a troll? Seriously, do people want to put up with four years of that, of sitting there angrily, grumpily...like a codger?
I don't want to push you too far, but didn't he seem really contemptuous of his opponent?"
After much laughter, Howard responds, "He did..."
Matthews: "You want to put up with four years of that?"
Howard: "He hates Obama...Maybe when Obama's not on stage we won't have to put up with that."
"Excuse me," interrupts Matthews, "that's what he thinks of the press. Is every press conference going to be like that? Troll-like performance, angry at the world?"