On two straight days, Chris Matthews cited hypothetical critics in saying that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is reluctant to admit she made a mistake in voting for the Iraq war resolution because she would be denigrated as a woman who is unable to make up her mind.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews claimed that a recently reported data-mining initiative led by Harold Ickes -- an adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) -- is "just like we saw the NSA doing" in conjunction with President Bush's controversial warrantless domestic eavesdropping program. But the initiative run by Ickes, according to news reports, relies on commercially and publicly available information that Republicans have used for years in their data operations. Matthews made no mention of these Republican operations.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews claimed that voters gave control of the House of Representatives to Republicans in the 1994 elections because they were "tired of Hillary Clinton's, you know, 'I'm going to run the country' mentality." Moments later, echoing a similar smear by Rush Limbaugh, MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan disparaged Clinton's speaking voice.
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On MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews repeatedly praised House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and New York U.S. Senate candidate KT McFarland, remarking that he was "proud" of Boehner and "can see this man's greatness," and describing McFarland as a "delightful candidate" who will "probably do very well in this uphill battle as the underdog."
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "sounds like a screeching ex-wife."
On Fox News Sunday, Boston Globe Washington bureau chief Nina Easton attributed President Bush's failure to adequately respond to Hurricane Katrina to what she suggested was his desire not "to be an ambulance chaser, as he saw [President] Bill Clinton being."
Rush Limbaugh suggested that "the White House ought to schedule" its next press briefing "at Fort Marcy Park," the Northern Virginia location where Clinton deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster committed suicide on July 20, 1993.
On a Hardball panel that included MSNBC hosts Rita Cosby, Tucker Carlson, and Joe Scarborough -- but no progressives -- Scarborough called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "very shrill" and said that "there is a shrillness in Hillary that comes out on TV whenever she gets excited about something."
Appearing on The Chris Matthews Show, New York Times columnist David Brooks -- in response to a question from Matthews about "Which party has more nuts by your counts?" -- answered, "Objectively, the Democratic Party."
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On Meet the Press, Tim Russert, along with a roundtable of reporters, speculated over the implications of a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that rated potential presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. However, not one reporter in the roundtable mentioned that the poll included Rice, much less that the difference between Rice's numbers and Clinton's fell within the margin of error.
In explaining why he believes "51 percent" of Americans "won't vote for" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly claimed that it's because "they don't know what she's going to do [once elected]," adding, "Bush did exactly what he said he was going to do." However, the Center for American Progress has previously noted several examples of what it has characterized as Bush's "serial flip-flopping."
Bill O'Reilly and Fox political analyst Dick Morris misleadingly asserted that a recent Gallup poll pitting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) head-to-head against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as potential presidential candidates was "not good news for Senator Hillary Clinton if she wants to run for president." But O'Reilly and Morris omitted any mention of the poll's results for a potential Rice candidacy, which match Clinton's numbers when the margin of error is factored in.
On Cavuto on Business, Fox News business contributor Meredith Whitney asserted: "It will take more than a village to get Hillary Clinton elected in '08 after her comments on the plantation," and then added: "She's doomed." Whitney was joined by fellow Fox News contributor Herman Cain, who predicted that Clinton will discover that "a lot of us have already left the Democratic plantation. And you know what I mean."
Media figures have accused Hillary Clinton of "race-baiting" and "playing the race card," because her "plantation" analogy was made before a largely black audience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The same media figures failed to report that Clinton made a similar "plantation" analogy during a 2004 interview and that numerous Republicans have used similar "plantation" analogies to attack Democrats.