Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inaugural Jib-Jabbery

We sometimes joke around with MSNBC's always ridiculous and sometimes endearing Chris Matthews. Slate's Jack Shafer is not as charitable:

Nobody in TV news stir-fries his ideas and serves them to the audience faster than MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Drawing from a larder filled with old anecdotes, unreliable metaphors, wacky intuition, and superficial observations, the always-animated Matthews steers whatever's handy into the hot wok that is his brain.

Harsh but fair. Chris Matthews is a mostly benign, if inexplicable, national figure. He fits well in our buffoon politics and he probably would have improved the Senate.