Matthews Tells Baker 'Democrats Not My Party Anymore'

Doth Chris Matthews protest too much?

On this afternoon's 'Hardball,' interviewing James Baker about his new book on a life in politics, Matthews alluded to the risk of a political party fracturing in the course of a presidential primary campaign:

"How do you hold your party together when you have people, secular candidates like John McCain who's often in that [guest] chair, and Rudy Giuliani running against Brownback, and people like that, Frist and George Allen perhaps, who are real cultural conservatives?"

Riposted Baker: "We hold it together the same way that you hold your party together."

Interjected Matthews: "Well, it's not my party anymore."

If you say so, Chris. But if Baker's a regular viewer you can hardly blame him for thinking so in light of the way - night after night - Matthews goes after Republicans hammer 'n tongs ablazin'

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.