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Blanche Lincoln (and Chris Matthews) Is No Norma Rae

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Crystal (Norma Rae) Sutton

It doesn't take much people measuring ability to see clearly that MSNBC's Hardball host believes himself to be the keenest observer of the political universe on the planet. Chris Matthews just intuitively finds and defines the heart of every event as only a true sage of the airwaves can. He is a manic Eric Sevareid when excited by his own brilliance, an inspiration that, so often, sends a tingle up his leg. His "Let Me Finish" nightly commentaries are more than cheap rip-offs of Keith Olbermann's trademark "Special Comments": They are filled with visions of Cronkite dancing to the beat of "That's the way it is" or Sinatra's "My Way".

Afterall, if Matthews thinks it, it must be the way it is--his way--lest his own words prove embarrassing and his self-image self-destruct before an audience of thousands.

Matthews concluded his June 9, 2010 broadcast with, perhaps, the most bizarre comparison of one person to another ever made:

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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