In a new segment, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day’s top five political headlines.
Romney’s blind trust
“The Boston Globe,”Mitt Romney’s hometown paper, reports that despite Romney’s new pro-life policy stance, he invests personal money in two companies involved with embryonic stem cell research. Romney notes that his money is in a blind trust, but when Ted Kennedy used the “blind-trust defense” in 1994, Romney called it a “ruse.” Plain and simple - a trick.
Obama under fire
Next, Mitt Romney is waging new attacks on Barack Obama for saying the U.S. is “just air-raiding villages and killing civilians.”
Hugo Chavez- Dictator for life?
Next, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is presenting a plan to change his country’s Constitution to allow himself to be reelected indefinitely. He may be a revolutionary, but he sure does love the perks of incumbency.
Brownback bashes Bush
Next, Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback is slamming President Bush. He told a New Hampshire audience, We’ve got to walk more humbly and a lot more wisely than the current president. I really believe this next president needs to go in with knowledge on foreign policy, and not learn it on the job.”
Rove’s exit interview
Finally, Karl Rove, heading off for the lecture circuit, used his shot on Rush Limbaugh today to attack Bush critics as “elite effete snobs.” That sounds like an old bark from Nixon attack dog Spiro Agnew. Remember “nattering nabobs of negativism” and “pussilanimous pussyfooters” and, of course, “effete impudent snobs.” I believe our own Pat Buchanan wrote some of those sugar plums.