anyone who worked for Tip O'Neal or Carter...can be considered anything but liberal.
Hmmm...so people don't change?
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Chris Matthews probably was a Jack Kennedy liberal back in the 1960's, when it was cool, "ask not what your country can do for you", marching against segregation, youth-y stuff. The second Reagan took office, whatever remained of Tweety's old liberalism was hurriedly thrown into the garbage with his bell-bottoms. He was probably one of the very first Villagers to be painfully embarrassed by connections to Jimmy Carter's "malaise". It's that same silly, late, desperate trendster-ism that led to that "tingle up my leg" Obama bandwagon-jumping moment of shame.
Tweety plays the part of Reagan Democrat...or at least the Village's thirty-year old image of it. He assumes the persona of Tip O'Neill Democrat, whose working-class, Irish-Catholic roots inform his "radical middle", everyman-style low Broderism.
Matthews' public image isn't of movement conservative, it's of the centrists' mythical "regular guy" moron who likes his politics marketed to him like his Bud Light. Saint Russert was from the same cloth, so is Brian "working class background" Williams. It appears GE's NBC broadcast network has a technique for branding its news division's product in the laughable formula of a "regular Catholic guy interviews savvy reporters and fiery conservatives" premised sitcom. They work hard not to let the idiot public in on the joke that they all summer on Nantucket with the rest of the swells.
You'd be correct to say that Tweety isn't Chuck Norris to Mike Huckabee, but that's only because Chris Matthews is fundamentally a creature of the old, industrial, urban North East political machine --not the Baptist South. Tweety's fading memories of the Reagan revolution and the decline of his old boss are the last pre-Beltway images he has of ordinary people, before he started to live in the establishment journalists' privileged bubble. Tweety's no rightist, because he doesn't see movement conservatism as "normal", and therefore doesn't believe that adding that recent, somewhat alien patois helps his "regular voter" schtick --for which GE pays him 5 million dollars a year.
You'd be an idiot to say that Tweety's a dirty fucking hippie, though. He's as left-wing as Tom Daschle, or Dick Gephart, or Hillary Clinton...or Barack Obama.