President Obama's push for military action against the Assad regime in Syria has some die-hard Obama acolytes at MSNBC finally speaking out against the president. "Even with Chris Matthews, the Obamagasm is gone," cracked Sean Hannity last night. Does "the love story [end] here?" he asked NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell on the September 5 program's "Media Mash" segment.
Not so fast, Bozell reminded Hannity, as Matthews quickly returned to form and slammed Republicans for their opposition to military action in Syria. "Obama knows he's in trouble when even Chris Matthews criticizes him.... But isn't it interesting that one day later, Chris Matthews went into his usual rant, calling anyone who disagreed with President Obama a hater?" [watch the full segment below the page break]
Earlier in the segment, Bozell mocked MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell's spin that dovish Democrats should trust Obama on Syria because he's always come at things from "a cautious anti-war perspective."
"You know, that’s like saying that Jesse James robbed banks from a very cautious law-and-order perspective," the Media Research Center founder quipped. "This is how the liberal media have] tied themselves in absolute knots over this," he added, noting by contrast that:
George [W.] Bush had a 75 percent approval rate going into Iraq. He had 30 countries behind him. He had unanimous support of the U.N. Security Council. On and on the support came for him. Congress authorized it. Obama has none of these things going for him and yet they skewered Bush. Remember how he was going it alone, how it was a rush to judgment? They skewered him. And now they're stuck with Obama.