Behind every great man…


“Hardball” host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day’s top political headlines.

“Snorey and Stinky” Obama
There’s an old phrase I heard years ago in politics.  “Behind every great man, there’s a woman trying to kill him.” Now that can be unkind, but you get the point.  Sometimes the person giving the candidate the toughest time is the spouse at home, the one who’s not getting the attention, the one who gets mighty jealous when she hears the hubby getting all the attention from the jumpers in the audience and on the campaign staff.

So with that questionable bit of political culture and legend, meet Michelle Obama.  She just told Glamour magazine that her two children get in the bed with “her” in the morning but insist on kicking her husband, the hero running for President, “out” of that bed!  Because he snores and he stinks.  What, for God’s sake, is the point of someone saying that about a candidate who’s a full twenty points behind?   Please Michelle, this guy needs the build-up not the putdown, not the stinky poo.

Bush’s Korean War
And, oh boy, the man who targeted the “axis of evil”  instead of keeping his eye on Osama Bin Laden who is at it again.  President Bush, down in Australia, seemed to tear up the Korean armistice today, the one Ike forged in 1953 by saying that the Korean War is still being waged:

Why is this American leader trying to rip the scab off of treaties signed a half century ago?  President Eisenhower ended the Korean War.  Bush elected to start the Iraq War nobody can really tell you how to end.  Is his goal to leave office with war on all fronts?

Al Franken’s name calling
As Al Franken gears up for his Senate fight against Republican Norm Coleman, Republicans are zeroing in on Franken’s history of using crude jokes.  The Wall Street Journal reports that they’ve been combing through his SNL transcripts and taping his casual banter out on the trail.  Last Fall, for example, Franken called Coleman “one of the administration’s leading b– (fill in the blank) boys.” In response to Coleman’s complaints,

Franken said, “It was meant as a joke. I should have used ‘lap dog’ and I’ve said I will use ‘lap dog’ from now on.”

Al, I think we got the point the first time.  Besides, I know a guy who got elected to Congress by calling his opponent a “jerk.”  Sometimes the nasty word is the nasty truth. 

Behind every great man...