Movie Mad Matthews: Dick Cheney Packed Liz Into 'Missile' to 'Continue the 'Life Form' in Wyoming

During an angry rant over the announcement that Liz Cheney will be running for the United States senate in 2014, Chris Matthews offered up one of his typically bizarre movie reference to explain the development: "[Liz and Dick Cheney] remind me of Superman in a movie as played by Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint. Packing their little kid into a little missile to send him off to America or somewhere." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Matthews spewed, "They packed her into this little missile and they're sending her off to Wyoming to continue the life form." The Hardball anchor was so enraged that he compared the Cheneys unfavorably to the scandal-scarred Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, fuming, "But they didn't have a war, with all the casualties of that war on their conscience."

Moving from father to daughter, Matthews snarled, "Cheney never apologized for Iraq and the dishonesty and nonsense that led to the argument, the brilliant propaganda campaign he marshaled to get us in that war and to stay in that war."

(Matthews can't even keep his gratuitous movie references straight. Eva Marie Saint wasn't in the 1978 Superman. She had a small role in the 2006 film Superman Returns.)

A partial transcript of the July 17 segment is below:


5:41

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know, you've got Spitzer and Weiner running after their personal embarrassments and they're largely personal. But they didn't have a war, with all the casualties of that war on their conscience. Is– Cheney never apologized for Iraq and the dishonesty and nonsense that led to the argument, the brilliant propaganda campaign he marshaled to get us in that war and to stay in that war. I mean, they don't apologize for that. They don't say they made a mistake. They don't say anything. They just want more, it seems to me.

5:43

MATTHEWS: You know what the Cheneys remind me of? Lynn and Dick Cheney? Like-- They remind me of Superman in a movie as played by Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint. Packing their little kid into a little, a little missile to send him off to America or somewhere. It's like– They're like, they packed her into this little missile and they're sending her off to Wyoming to continue the life form.

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