It's one thing for media liberals to suggest the Tea Party is on the fringe of the right, but when it's another when they starting putting Ronald Reagan in the center by comparison (even as Governor of California). On The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday, Matthews suggested that somehow America is reliably centrist, so even Reagan moved to moderation (and there's no mention of Obama's left-wing surge):
But the American people have sort of a gyroscope, something that always brings them back to center, where it very much -- and nobody wants to hear this on the right, but we're very much like France in that way. We`re not an ideologically proletarian country or right-wing militarist country.
Generally, we listen to those voices and we never go further right than Reagan, and the minute he got into office, he moved very much to the center. As governor of California, for example, on issues like abortion rights. He moved to the center.