MSNBC's Chris Matthews has on numerous occasions said he's a liberal while also having gotten a thrill up his leg on national televisionwhen presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke back in 2008.
Despite this, on Wednesday's "Hardball," he asked the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore, "What do you think, I'm on the far left?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Steve and Christian, there’s two extreme views, and I know this will bother both of you, there’s two extreme views. One is the very right libertarian view. It’s the Ayn Rand view. And I love "The Fountainhead." I didn’t like the other one so much.
STEPHEN MOORE, WALL STREET JOURNAL: I just saw “Atlas Shrugged” last night.
MATTHEWS: OK. I know. Well, let’s watch a scene here from a movie, because they believe that the top guy, the geniuses, the entrepreneurs, the Bill Gateses create all the wealth and everybody else gets a job. The Marxists used to argue, all wealth comes from sweat labor, actually going into the factory, putting things together, that sweat…
MOORE: You don’t believe in that.
MATTHEWS: Well, I’m not arguing -- what do you think, I’m on the far-left? When did that start?
Well, any man that admits on national television that he gets a thrill up his leg when a far-left presidential candidate speaks shouldn't be surprised by folks thinking he's similarly so.