Chris Matthews on Sarah Palin: ‘She’s like Moammar Gadhafi — she just doesn’t know the world around her’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker and MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews discuss former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. What could go wrong?

On Tuesday’s broadcast of Matthews’s show, this distinguished panel took time out from the big news events of the day to talk about what a new book by former Palin aide Frank Bailey could say about her political prospects. Matthews said he doubted she would run.

“This Sarah Palin story – I don’t think she’s running now, do you?” Matthews said.

Corn disagreed. He said her personality would compel her to campaign.

“I thought she wouldn’t, but she seems so self-centered I don’t how she could pass up this opportunity,” Corn said.

That’s when Matthews offered his own psychological analysis of Palin, likening her to the tyrannical and genocidal dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

“She’s like Moammar Gadhafi – she just doesn’t know the world around her.” Matthews said. “If she starts showing up with an umbrella and starts saying, ‘I’m here, I’m not there.’ Well, I don’t think she is as bad as him. I’m not going to go that far.”