Kids! Come Quick! The Sharks And The Jets Are At It Again!

Today, we had more instances of people hating each other. Let us begin with Chris Matthews:

Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters:

Hosting MSNBC’s 10 AM hour today, Matthews made his remark while chatting with Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Anne Kornblut of WaPo.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big?  In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up.  I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we’ll be there to watch. I think he’s Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto.  Are you watching, Rush?

Ed Morrissey:

Note too, that Matthews isn’t using the dishonest “some people are saying” dodge here, either.  He’s openly wistful for the day it happens, telling Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Washington Post reporter Anne Kornblut that “we’ll be there to watch” when someone offs Rush.

Classy.  Really, really classy.  Does NBC want to stand behind this standard for its broadcasts?

Moe Lane:

So, what’s the *most* offensive thing about this Chris Matthews clip?

So. Is it…

  1. The aforementioned wants-Limbaugh-to-die bit?
  2. That the only reason that Chris Matthews is trying this is in the hope that going after Limbaugh will boost his ratings?
  3. Or that Chris Matthews thinks that Live and Let Die is a great film?

I’m actually going to go with 3). Chris Matthews will undoubtedly coward up and claim the usual ‘it-was-just-a-joke’ defense; and as for getting eyeballs, well, Matthews needs to get them somehow.  But Live and Let Die wasn’t even Roger Moore’s best Bond film; I’ll also be marginally nice and merely note that Matthews’ pick of it may say some very interesting things about how the pundit views African-Americans…

Gateway Pundit

And on to Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Thrush in Politico:

Hitler hearts Pelosi?

That seems to be a view the National Republican Congressional Committee [which brought you the put-Pelosi-in-her-place statement last week] seems to be endorsing, judging from what the committee posts on their Twitter account.

On Tuesday morning, as the Senate Finance Committee prepared to vote on the Baucus bill, someone at the NRCC posted a bizarre Tweet linking to an altered three-minute section of the 2004 Hitler biopic “Der Untergang” from the conservative site Moonbattery — with a voice-over of the The Fuhrer ranting about how only Nancy Pelosi shares his vision of health care reform.

The Tweet: “Funny Video: Moonbattery: Hitler Reacts to ObamaCare Maneuvers”

Hitler, played by Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, is trapped in his bunker with his generals, and rants [in the phony subtitles] about President Obama’s revisions to his socialized medicine plan — and how only he and Nancy Pelosi are still fighting the good fight.

“What the hell are the Democrats doing?” Hitler screams. “At least I have Pelosi on my side. What’s wrong with them?… I socialized medicine overnight and everything’s going great… Like Pelosi, I don’t give a s**t about the American people.”

An NRCC spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a call for comment.

UPDATE: “House Republicans have gone way too far,” said Jennifer Crider, spokewoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The NRCC’s despicable promotion of a video comparing Nancy Pelosi’s effort to reform health care to America to Adolf Hitler’s extermination of millions is a shocking new low that must be condemned. Republican Leader John Boehner should order NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions to immediately remove this vile Tweet and apologize.”

UPDATE: NRCC spokesman John Randall says they have pulled down the Tweet and offered a mea culpa:

“We saw the video this morning and thought, like other parodies, that it was funny,” Randall just told me. “In 20-20 hindsight, we realized it was in poor taste and pulled it down… I don’t want anyone to think we’re comparing Democrats to Nazis and to Hitler.”

Atrios:

You Know Who Else Likes Nancy Pelosi? Hitler.

Once upon a time, strained and inappropriate references to Hitler and Nazis were the quickest ways to get yourself drummed out of the acceptable club. No longer, I guess.

Digby:

The Jewish groups simply have to weigh in on this one. They certainly wasted little time going after Alan Grayson for using the word holocaust in a completely reasonable context. They were completely beside themselves on the Move On flap and have been very slow off the mark about these “Democrats are Hitler” comments, which have become so common we are starting to get used to them.

I’m not one to be delicate about language, so I’m not going to be too shocked if everyone wants to start allowing Hitler comparisons. But this double standard is out of hand. I’ve heard gasbags in just the last month characterize Move-On as a hate group based on this flap. If that’s so, then at this point the Republican party is too.

Steve Benen

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