Tomorrow night on national television, the President, we are told, will assert his command and control over the horror now taking place in the Gulf of Mexico.
I wish him well. The American people need to be told with great conviction and full authority that the interests of our people, of our land here in North America, are not at the disposal of the British Petroleum company. We are not some weak, defenseless land, which a modern industrialized corporation can enter, exploit for gain, and then leave behind, hurt and broken in its wake.
Sarah Palin has a serious future in presidential politics.
Consider the history of an earlier figure of controversy in the Republican party: Two years before he ran successfully for president, Richard Nixon, a man defeated for president and then governor of California - saw an opportunity and made a calculation. The former vice president looked ahead to the 1966 mid-term elections and saw it as a big opportunity for a Republican comeback. He reckoned that it could also be a comeback for Richard Nixon.
From the beginning, I've noticed that BP’s ads say the company will pay for every "legitimate" claim for oil spill damages.On hearing this a few times, I've wondered what they're up to. Are they preparing a legal defense that allows them to avoid paying for the claims that they've destroyed much of the Gulf of Mexico, its surrounding beaches, and its wetlands? How could any such claims be illegitimate? If oil reaches the water, and it is BP's oil, how are they not responsible? read more
I'm something of a romantic on this subject. I believe in this country's fundamental good. I believe in our ability to choose the best leaders.
Even when we pick a president who doesn't deliver, I'm never sure that the man he beat would have been a better choice.
FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, Lyndon Johnson for a while … We had a pretty good run. Reagan has also gone down as one of the greats.
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Look at the races we'll be covering tonight in the later editions of Hardball…
In South Carolina, Nikki Haley is the frontrunner in the Republican primary for governor. She's managed to hold that position in the face of what we used to call "bad form" by some men in the political world down there.
Something I've been contemplating is this conviction that my political party – whatever party that happens to be – is the exclusive route to the best possible government for the country.
You know the mentality: Other views need not be contemplated. We hold the received wisdom, the guts, the moxie and the day-to-day know-how needed to solve America's deepest problems. That's right, we're sitting on the exclusive monopoly of how to lead the land.
In msnbc's latest Hardball documentary, “Rise of the New Right,” Chris Matthews takes a hard look at the recent surge of anger on the political right, particularly the outpouring of support for the Tea Party, which helped secure Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky. The special airs Wednesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. ET.
I think what's been misunderstood in this entire fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico is the spiritual factor. People in our country are heartsick over this. They sit and watch our natural birthright, this "gift outright" that Robert Frost called North America, being disfigured.
And there's nothing that they can do. There’s nothing that their kids or parents or anyone that they know can do. It's as if we're all a bunch of by-standers, watching part of our country get destroyed.
Let me finish tonight with an observation about Sarah Palin.
As the former governor of Alaska, an oil-producing state, you expect Sarah Palin to have reasonably fixed positions on the dangers of off-shore drilling. Let's see if we can follow her line of thinking… Last night, she blamed the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on those whom she calls "extreme greenies." She said that we should have stuck with drilling for oil on-shore, in places like the Alaskan wilderness.
Is this the Palin position? Avoiding drilling off-shore? Let's see for ourselves.
When I heard today that Al and Tipper Gore are separating, I thought back to something that my old boss Tip O'Neill once said on this matter. I mentioned to him that someone had just gotten divorced after 33 years of marriage and said how sad that was. The veteran Speaker of the House, who had so many men – politicians like him – come to him for personal counsel over the years, said something that I'll never forget:
Memorial Day was set up as a tribute to those who fell in the American Civil War. It was intended to honor the men who died on both sides of that struggle.
What's stunning about the Civil War is that both sides were American. Sure, there was a different accent, but we spoke the same language, shared the same religions and revered the founding roots of the same country. Not only that, but so many of the fighting men -- especially the officers – knew each other, had gone to school with each other, went to class together, drilled together, went to dances together and prayed together.
The president again paid tribute to his energy secretary for having a Nobel Prize in physics. Mr. President, that’s not really the information that the American people need right now.
What most Americans want to know is whether the federal government is using all of its power in order to dragoon every resource, public and private, into cleaning up the millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Have we drafted supertankers into service to suck up the oil? Is BP doing anything to suck up the oil? If not, why not?
Did the president show enough passion and leadership to answer his critics? Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell and Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post dissect President Barack Obama's defense.
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Let me finish tonight with a letter from a soldier fighting in Afghanistan.
"I found out this soldier under my command was gay. I learned about it after he died, when his longtime partner wrote to me, not knowing my orientation, to tell me how much this staff sergeant had loved the army; how we were the only family he'd ever known.
by Chris MatthewsDepending on how much is coming out of that well a day, it has dumped somewhere between 6 and 60 millions gallons of crude oil into our water - that's the water in the Gulf and wherever else it will travel over time - certainly up onto the beaches of the Gulf: Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama and Florida, perhaps then up the coast to the Carolinas.That crude oil isn't going away, it's going to be there -- where it's not supposed to be -- for the ages, or at least 'till some brilliant engineer figures out how to take it up and save us from it. read more