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August 30, 2012

Logic Syllogisms With Fat Angry Drunk Chris Matthews:
Premise 1: The GOP Keeps Mentioning "Chicago"
Premise 2: "There's a Lot of Black People In Chicago"

Now, actually, another panelist offers Premise 2 as a clarification of Chris Matthews' point. But it is a clarification-- it's what Chris Matthews was getting at.

"Yea, well let me ask you about that gentleman. What about now, is this constant barrage of assaults, saying the guy is basically playing an old game of demagoguery politics, where you take the money from the worker bees and give it to the poor people to buy votes. That's basically what they're charging him with. Old big-style, big-city machine of 50 years ago."

He added, "They keep saying Chicago by the way, have you noticed? They keep saying Chicago. That's another thing that sends that message - this guy's helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us in the 'burbs."

Hielemann helpfully interpreted Matthews statement, presumably for those too challenged to understand basic words (or as we in the business refer to them - Hardball viewers), by making this jaw-dropping statement:

"There's a lot of black people in Chicago."

Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, and the whole brain trust at MSNBC seem to be playing some warped version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon called Six Degrees of Racial Dog Whistle. Give them any word a Republican says, and they will free associated it with other words to get to the "racist" claim they want to make.

Here's how it's played: "Golf" co-stars with Tiger Woods, who is black.

The GOP says Obama is from the corrupt, machine-pol city of Chicago, and Chicago has black people in it.

When Ann Romney says "we had a real marriage," not a storybook one, the reference is made to take a shot at gay marriage. This was offered by Andrew Sullivan, and it counts, because Andrew Sullivan thinks it's racist to not like him. And he's Chris Matthews' Favorite Conservative. Ahem.

Instead of saying "racist," we could just save ourselves some syllables and say "Chicago."

Which actually adds a syllable, but it's more fun.






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