Matthews Mad Obama Agreed So Much With McCain

How disappointed was Chris Matthews with Barack Obama's debate performance tonight? How angry was Matthews at Obama for agreeing so much with John McCain?  Enough that Matthews unleashed the ultimate Dem insult, saying Obama reminded him of . . . Richard Nixon.

Matthews first vented his frustration at Obama adviser Linda Douglass.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Linda, my friend, why did your candidate agree so much, openly and relentlessly, with his opponent tonight? 
Douglas's answer was to the effect that this is how a bi-partisan Obama would operate as president.  After criticizing Obama for mishandling the economic issues in the debate, Matthews turned to Andrea Mitchell, and levelled that supreme Dem slap.

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CHRIS MATTHEWS: Linda, my friend, why did your candidate agree so much, openly and relentlessly, with his opponent tonight? 
Douglas's answer was to the effect that this is how a bi-partisan Obama would operate as president.  After taking another shot at Obama for mishandling the economic issues in the debate, Matthews turned to Andrea Mitchell, and leveled that supreme Dem slap.
MATTHEWS: By the way, you go back to the Kennedy-Nixon debate of 1960, the first televised debate.  Seven or eight times Richard Nixon said "I agree completely in the spirit in which Senator Kennedy addressed that issue."  Over and over again.  For some reason Barack Obama repeated those words as if he were channeling Richard Nixon tonight!
That's gotta smart in Camp Obama.
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.