“I’ve never seen language like this in the American press referring to an elected representative of the government, elected in a totally fair, democratic, American election, we’ll have another one in November, we’ll have another one for president in a couple years, fair, free, and wonderful democracy we have in this country, and this guy, this walrus, underwater, makes fun of this administration, calling it a regime. We know that word “regime.” It was used by recent presidential — by George Bush, regime change. You go to war with regimes. Regimes are tyrannies. They’re juntas, they’re military coups. The use of the word regime in American political parlance is unacceptable, and someone should tell the walrus to stop using it.”
I myself think that this is hilarious. After all, isn’t it Chris Matthews who was always talking of the Bush Regime? He himself has used this very language in the American press referring to an elected official. That elected official, was George W. Bush. But here is where it gets funny. Now the word Regime is being used against Obama. And because of this, it isn’t okay. At least to Matthews, who is now forgetting that he himself used this same language against an elected official, and not too many years ago.
From the Rush Limbaugh show yesterday, came this:
RUSH: And he’s right, my use of the word regime is to connote an authoritarian government. And it fits. It is a regime! They’re governing against the will of the people, the election be damned. Public opinion be damned. The budget be damned. The Constitution be damned. What the hell else is it if not a regime? Here’s the second bite, but the best is yet to come, not this bite, it’s what follows.
MATTHEWS: What about the walrus, walrus underwater, Rush Limbaugh, what do you make of a guy calling this a regime today to the DC newspaper? He calls this government a regime. I have never heard that language. This isn’t Stalin. This isn’t some junta. He was elected the same way a Republican would be elected, and the next time if a Republican is elected it will be Republican administration, it won’t be a regime. We don’t have regimes in this country. We have Franklin Roosevelt; we have Harry Truman; we have Ronald Reagan; we have administrations. To use the word “regime” suggests to me just like “kill the Nazis,” regime change. More part of this neocon lingo.
RUSH: So Byron York, himself amused by this, started doing some searches, and he found out that during the Bush administration — and I might get these two reversed — the New York Times used the word “regime” 24 times to describe Bush, including Maureen Dowd a number of times in her column. The Washington Post described the Bush administration as a regime by no less than Howard Kurtz. Seventeen times total; once by Kurtz. And none other — wait for it — than Chris Matthews himself in 2002 while talking to a panel about Bush’s horrible response to 9/11 starts asking Al Sharpton a question, “What do you think this says of the Bush regime?” So the Post has said it, used it, and written it. Grab sound bite six and have it standing by again. Chris Matthews himself has used the word regime, as have numerous MSNBC hosts in describing the Bush administration as a regime. Knowing that, listen to this again.
Such Hypocrisy coming from the left, and yet, they believe what they are spewing here. As for Chris Matthews, your own network popularized it, your own New York Times, your own Washington Post, and even you, back in 2002, at least once that I could find said it about Bush. It was all over the left’s dialogue. The only difference here, that I can see, is nobody really got upset about them calling Bush a regime because it had no basis in fact. The reason these guys are upset is because it’s said in truth. They’re upset because Rush had the audacity to properly describe this as a regime. That is why these morons are all upset. Sorry Chris Matthews, you have been caught in your lies.
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