Liberal MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews conceded on Monday night, "Liberals don't want to pay more" in taxes. "It's all a game," The Hardball host admitted this while appearing at Ford's Theater on Monday night to discuss presidential leadership.
The wide-ranging discussion included historians Harold Holzer and Michael Beschloss. Matthews wandered off the main topic of Lincoln and Kennedy. In a discussion of money and politics, he insisted that some liberals really don't want their taxes raised.
Matthews noted an Obama fund-raising trip out to Los Angeles. "The Hollywood people all support him." He added that Obama is basically saying, "I'm going to run as a populist" and raise taxes. "It's a masquerade. Liberals don't want to pay more," Matthews spewed.
Historian Holzer, author of many Lincoln books, got some liberal shots in. He discussed the 1864 election and what a victory by Democrat George McClellan would have meant.
Holzer mentioned a possible reversal of the Emancipation Proclomation, pending a McClellan victory. Comparing the bondage of African Americans to overturning of Obamacare, he mocked, "People would be re-enslaved. It's like health care."
On the topic of Reagan, Matthews insisted, "I don't think he was a Tea Partier." Compared to modern conservatives, Matthews proclaimed that Reagan would be "center right" and not "far right."
For more on Chris Matthews's appearance at Ford's Theater, see "Chris Matthews Sneers: 'If You're Really Anti-Gay, You Become Catholic Now' and "Chris Matthews Claims Hardball 'A Great Positive Thing For American Civilization.'"