Matthews: GOP Congress ‘Not Totally Unpatriotic,’ but Want Obama to Fail
Hardball host Chris Matthews agreed with fellow MSNBC anchor Joy Reid Wednesday afternoon that the congressional GOP was dead set on opposing President Barack Obama, even to the point of failing to unify behind the president in attacks on ISIS.
“They don’t want him to succeed, we know that,” Matthews said. “Are they totally unpatriotic? I don’t think that’s true either.”
“Let’s be political here for a second,” he continued. “[Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell (R-KY) loves this. Loves this! Because war always increases the chances of incumbents, because people go to the people in charge, they rally to them, they think the experts are the people who have been there a while — the newcomers, the younger people, they think new people aren’t as strong. We kept Roosevelt all through World War Two. That’s the natural tendency, to keep the people at the top, who have been there, because they’re more seasoned, I suppose. So there’s gonna be some advantage for people like McConnell.”
Matthews recommended Obama call the GOP’s bluff by submitting an AUMF resolution to Congress and forcing a vote on ISIS strikes.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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