Chris Matthews Develops Another 'Thrill,' This Time Over Sotomayor

<div style="float: right"><object height="194" width="240"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=Gd4zkU2Gnz&amp;c1=0x733937&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=Gd4zkU2Gnz&amp;c1=0x733937&... allowfullscreen="true" height="194" width="240"></embed></object></div>During live coverage of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing on Monday, MSNBC's Chris Matthews gushed about the judge's opening statement, saying &quot;<b>Well, I'm getting one of those thrills I get about America. I'm sorry, I'm shouldn't say this. And I'm getting it again.</b>&quot; Matthews, who famously proclaimed that Barack Obama gave him a &quot;thrill&quot; up his leg, also offered a fawning aside about what a &quot;genius&quot; the President is. <p>Responding to a comment the Supreme Court nominee made about working hard to advance herself in school, the &quot;Hardball&quot; host followed-up his &quot;thrill&quot; remark by rhapsodizing, &quot;<b>When she talked about sitting at that table and not being a genius like Barack Obama, not being one of these people that can walk into a college scholarship, who had to sweat for it.&quot;</b> [audio <a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/07/2009-07-13-MSNBC-So... target="_blank">available here</a>]<b><br /></b></p><!--break--><p>On <a href="/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2008/02/13/matthews-obama-speech-caused-thrill-going-my-leg">February 12, 2008</a>, while covering presidential primary results, Matthews cooed, &quot;It's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, <b>I felt this thrill</b> <b>going up my leg</b>. I mean, I don't have that too often.&quot; </p><p>Less than four years earlier, following Obama's speech at the 2004 <a href="/blogs/scott-whitlock/2008/05/09/chris-matthews-2004-obama-created-chill-my-legs">Democratic National Convention</a>, Matthews previewed the feeling that would become common place for him: &quot;<b>I have to tell ya a little chill in my, in my legs now</b>. That is an amazing moment in history right there. It is really an amazing moment. A keynoter like I've never heard.&quot; </p><b></b><p>A transcript of the July 13 exchange follows: </p><blockquote><p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/07/2009-07-13-MSNBC-Ma... align="right" height="179" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="240" />CHRIS MATTHEWS: Andrea and Richard, I heard and saw a picture of a family studying at night, sweating over school work, including her mom getting ready for RN. That seemed to be a direct hit at the heart of the Republican members of that committee and their constituents. Andrea? </p><p>ANDREA MITCHELL: The face of her mother and her brother and her step-father, but the mother's pride and emotion during her statement, the thank you to her mom. This hard-working family, you know, first generation family, the father with the third grade education who died and the most important comment, I think, politically that she made was &quot;Many senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: Fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law, it is to apply the law.&quot; </p><p>MATTHEWS: <b>Well, I'm getting one of those thrills I get about America. I'm sorry, I'm shouldn't say this. And I'm getting it again. When she talked about sitting at that table and not being a genius like Barack Obama, not being one of these people that can walk into a college scholarship, who had to sweat for it. Richard? </b></p></blockquote>

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org