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‘I’m so glad we had that storm last week’

10:18 am - 11/08/2012
‘I’m so glad we had that storm last week’

MSNBC windbag Chris Matthews said the unthinkable on election night — he’s happy Hurricane Sandy happened.

“I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things,” the prattling pundit said on air Tuesday while trying to tie President Obama’s re-election to his handling of the hurricane.

Matthews’ galling gaffe visibly shocked co-anchor Rachel Maddow, prompting him to try to reel it back, to no avail.

“No, politically, I should say — not in terms of hurting people,” Matthews, 66, blubbered. “The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.”

Wait — did he just say “good politics”?

The “Hardball” host, who pulls in around $5 million a year and lives in the tony DC suburb of Chevy Chase, Md., didn’t experience the unforgiving wrath of Sandy, which carved a huge swath of devastation through the tri-state area and was responsible for more than 110 deaths — at least 41 in New York City.

Damages from the storm are expected to be in the billions of dollars.

Matthews’ comments immediately triggered a barrage of angry tweets.

“Did you say you are happy about sandy hitting?” tweeted @gfdimos. “I already think you are a doorknob. this would confirm that u r a dipsh--t.”

@SteveCox cited Hurricane Sandy’s death toll in slamming Matthews. “Chris Matthews should be fired . . . Over 100 died in the US/millions hurting.”

“Chris Matthews is thrilled about Hurricane Sandy, if it helped Obama get elected,” tweeted @cassyfiano. “Sick, sick, sick, sick.”

On “Hardball” last night, Matthews blamed his comment on an election night that apparently kept him up past his bedtime.

“I was on for 10 hours straight . . . until 3 in the morning and I said something terrible,” he told viewers. “I could say it was because I was tired, but I wasn’t thinking of the horrible mess the storm has made.

“I was too focused on who would win and who would lose, and I left out the number one job of a broadcaster — to think of the real lives of people, whose dreams have been hurt and, in some cases, destroyed.”

It wasn’t the first time this campaign season that Matthews, a staunch Obama supporter, has shocked viewers.

Matthews appeared to have a meltdown following the first debate between the president and Mitt Romney — when a lifeless Obama was trounced by his feisty challenger.

“I don’t know what [Obama] was doing out there. He had his head down,” said a distraught Matthews, nearly in tears. “He was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. Romney came out with a campaign.”

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Chris Matthews has sense apologized for his hurricane Sandy comments.

OP: Come on Matthews! I understand your thinking but still!
back_track 8th-Nov-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, Chris Matthews.

To be fair I do understand what he was trying to get across. It's something that I've heard said a lot in New York City over the past few days, even before the election. I do think that in the long run, it might have a good impact in terms of talking about climate change and disaster management/preparedness.

But there's been a lot of suffering in this region, people are still suffering (my mother just got through a snowstorm with no heat and no gas in her car so she couldn't even leave), and he definitely phrased it in the least sensitive way possible.
lord_cellytron 8th-Nov-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Ugggh, I missed that, probably because I was watching local. But DAMMIT Tweety.
crossfire 8th-Nov-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
stop saying words Chris, jfc
sihaya09 8th-Nov-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh lord.
ultraelectric 8th-Nov-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
While what he said wasn't smart (or right), he's not the first person to say it (though they all phrased it differently). There have been a few to say this was good in many ways for the President because he was out there doing his job and being commander and responding the way a true leader should.

Edited at 2012-11-08 09:40 pm (UTC)
furrygreen 8th-Nov-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh certainly. He's not the first. Rove said it and there's all those Republican theories being passed around.

I just think it's too impolitic to say such things.

Edited at 2012-11-08 10:23 pm (UTC)
gangsterdorothy 8th-Nov-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm real glad too. So glad that people in my hometown lost everything, that people died, that people are without power still even after a Noreaster that happened yesterday.

Yeah, I'm really glad.
winniechili 8th-Nov-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
GOD DAMMIT TWEETY. He's like incapable of acting like a normal person.
tigerdreams 8th-Nov-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
That was a horrible, stupid, insensitive thing to say. But at least he's capable of apologizing correctly: acknowledging that that he said something awful, and showing that he understands why it was awful.
clevermanka 8th-Nov-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
That's what I was going to say, too. At least he had the sense and courage to make a real apology.
executivehpfan 8th-Nov-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Fail Tweety always finds a way to fail. But at least he apologized.
mary_pickforded 8th-Nov-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
He has the worst word vomit.
nesmith 9th-Nov-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
I can't watch him because it drives me absolutely crazy when he asks one of his guests a question, lets them get out half a sentence, and then interrupts.
mary_pickforded 9th-Nov-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Right? He was terrible on election night too. I felt bad for Rachel having to keep covering his ass.
cuterabbit33 8th-Nov-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
“I was on for 10 hours straight . . . until 3 in the morning and I said something terrible,” he told viewers. “I could say it was because I was tired, but I wasn’t thinking of the horrible mess the storm has made."

You know, I have migraines every now and then, and as a result, I often go through whole nights without sleep. And strangely enough, I manage to go the rest of the day without saying something COMPLETELY FUCKING INSENSITIVE. Lack of sleep doesn't mean lack of goddamn empathy.
agentsculder 8th-Nov-2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
I heard his apology last night, and he pretty much said that what he said was stupid, and he was an asshole for saying it. He seemed genuinely contrite, and said that he was going to do something to make up for what he did. I expect he'll probably give a hefty donation to the Red Cross or something like that. It doesn't excuse what he said, but I do give the guy a lot of credit for admitting that what he said was wrong.

This article also doesn't point out that while he did say he was sleep deprived, he also made it clear that still didn't excuse what he said. Tweety has said plenty of stupid shit, and this is the first time I can think of him calling himself out so forcefully.
cuterabbit33 8th-Nov-2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
If he didn't think that it still didn't excuse what he said, then he shouldn't have mentioned the sleep deprivation thing at all. He may have apologized, but that doesn't mean I have to accept it right away. He should have thought more before he spoke. And if I sound pissy, it's because I live in NJ, there are still people without power, people who still can't go back into their homes, my father's job and school system is completely messed up and he has no idea what he's going to do now that his school has to take in kids who can't go to their school anymore. Maybe I'l feel better when he actually does something to help, like your Red Cross suggestion, but until then, I'm pissed at him.
agentsculder 9th-Nov-2012 04:47 am (UTC)
You have a right to be pissed and that's totally appropriate. What he said was stupid and indefensible. And from what he said last night, I think he got a lot of phone calls from people in his family who live in New Jersey and New York who told him they were mad at him for what he said.

I hope things get better for you and your family soon. I live in CT and I work for a utility company, and last week sucked. My company has even started sending people to NJ to help now that things are wrapped up here. I even heard today that you guys have power plants and substations that have been taken offline because they were flooded by salt water that has done SERIOUS damage that is going to cost a lot of money (and take time) to fix. It's a HUGE mess, and I think a lot of people STILL don't get how bad it was.
iolarah 9th-Nov-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
My BF is likely to be without power and heat until the end of November, so yeah, I'm with you. It'd be good if he'd put some help where his apology is.
furrygreen 9th-Nov-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
This article also doesn't point out that while he did say he was sleep deprived, he also made it clear that still didn't excuse what he said.

That's why I included another article that contained his apology.
lamardeuse 8th-Nov-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Really, I could do without both him and penis-head with a beard on MSNBC. And Piers Morgan.
mindrtist 9th-Nov-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Are you talking about Steve the Token Republican?
lamardeuse 9th-Nov-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Yup, that's him. Bearded Penis-Head.

mary_pickforded 9th-Nov-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
HBO was really generous having Woody Harrelson play him in Game Change. Woody may be nuts irl but at least he's physically attractive.
celtic_thistle 8th-Nov-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
His apology last night seemed very sincere. He really is great at sticking his foot in his mouth, though.
purplerains 8th-Nov-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
He was behaving so badly after Obama won. Cannot believe he said half the things he did.
chimbleysweep 9th-Nov-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
I saw him say it live and the reactions of everyone around him were pretty golden.

But frankly, my brain stopped working when Bill-O started in on his racist rants that night so idc about Tweety sticking his foot in his mouth.
mirhanda 9th-Nov-2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Bill-O started in on his racist rants

WHAT?
amber_protocol 9th-Nov-2012 01:28 am (UTC)
mindrtist 9th-Nov-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Is your icon Meryl Davis?

Haha, I'm listening to a clip from Carl Rove saying that The Democrats were successful in suppressing the vote, LOLOL.
tvisgood 9th-Nov-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I headdesked when he did that. I know it was 3am, but no.
mirhanda 9th-Nov-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I was watching when he said that and I was all Ö

tiddlywinks103 9th-Nov-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh, Chris, you go too hard, and forget feelings, sometimes.

“I was on for 10 hours straight . . . until 3 in the morning and I said something terrible,” he told viewers. “I could say it was because I was tired, but I wasn’t thinking of the horrible mess the storm has made.

“I was too focused on who would win and who would lose, and I left out the number one job of a broadcaster — to think of the real lives of people, whose dreams have been hurt and, in some cases, destroyed.”


It's goo he admitted it. Now, dial it back, and be awesomely aggressive like you usually are.
tabaqui 9th-Nov-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Jayzus. Shut up, dude. He kinda gets on my nerves sometimes - he talks over his guests and his mouth is always all....wet. Eh. I much prefer Rachel.
nycscribbler 9th-Nov-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
The problem with playing politics, as political commentators are paid to do, is that they forget that "events" include people. Politically, Hurricane Sandy was a boon to Obama. In every other conceivable possible way, it was a nightmare (especially coupled with this week's nor'easter).
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