Chris Matthews: Boehner, Cantor birther ‘collaborators’

It’s the story that won’t die – possibly because MSNBC doesn’t want it to, since it seems that it could delegitimize the Republican Party and conservatives: Taking “fringe notions” and portraying them to be mainstream, including the issue of President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

On Tuesday’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews led off his program and scrutinized the reasons why Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor won’t condemn Republican members that question the president’s citizenship. His conclusion? Boehner and Cantor are collaborators, using the myth for political gain.

“OK, you know what I want to do something right now,” Matthews said. “I’m going accuse those leaders, they’re very smart gentlemen. Cantor seems like a good guy and of course, Boehner seems like a good guy. Let me just say this – I hereby accuse them of collaboration.

Matthews explained that this so-called “collaboration” is meant to advance gains with primary voters and the theory is based on the Republican leaders’ unwillingness to attack those that hold views questioning Obama’s citizenship in the Republican caucus.


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“I think they are collaborating with the know-nothings out there,” Matthews said. “I think they are collaborating with the know-nothings out there, at least primary voters and they refuse to take them on. They said, ‘You may have something because they keep listening.’ Why don’t they just say, ‘You guys are crazy stop talking like this’ or, ‘Unless you got evidence that this guy was born in some other country stop talking like this’? It’s not good for the party.”

Matthews argued Boehner and Cantor were allowing Obama to be framed as an “illegitimate imposter.”

“It’s dishonesty. It’s not fair to the president and his human being to be President of the United States and people saying he’s illegitimate,” he continued. “Why don’t they do that? Do you think they are avoiding offending people and another theory they know this hurts the president. They know it works with the base in energizing them and convincing them they’re morally right to unseat this illegitimate imposter.”

  • Unbelievable

    Does anyone even watch Matthews any more?

  • llama

    Dear Mr. Poor:
    You note in this article that the media is: “Taking “fringe notions” and portraying them to be mainstream, including the issue of President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

    You do realize that based on your logic that by saying this is just a fringe movement that you are saying that reader of the DC are the fringe? Simply note the number of people responding to any post on here on the subject.

    It now appears the the right, and their media partners have received their talking points. It probably goes a little like this:

    We know that we have a problem because we were too successful in starting a racially tinted whisper campaign concerning Obama’s citizenship – while we were successful in convincing a vast number of our stupider constituent groups about this issue, they are beginning to sound a little crazy. Therefore, we propose that we turn this into a positive by talking about how the “lame-stream media” (that never gets less funny) is distorting the numbers in an attempt to tarnish our “grass roots” (make sure to say that when you go in front of the camera – this is by direct order of Mr. Koch) conservative movement. Remember, America likes underdogs so it is important to frame ourselves as victims whenever possible.

  • kingfish

    Complaint in federal district seeks evidence of suspected fraud


  • laphil

    Matthews attacks the “birthers” as having no evidence that Obama wasn’t born in the Unites States, which may be true. However, the burden of proof of elegibility to be President of the United States should be on Obama, and he continually refuses to produce his complete birth certificate as well as releasing various other records which could confirm his birthplace. Even Matthews himself has criticized him for this.

  • RinoHunter

    Who came up with the term “birthers”? It should have been “TRUTHERS”. Why is BHO trying so hard to cover up his entire life before 2006? That’s easy, he’s got a lot to hide that he’s ashamed of.