Matthews's Dog Whistle? He Accuses Bill Kristol of Being Neo-Con Puppet Master

September 15th, 2015 8:29 PM

Here's a pro-tip for Chris Matthews. If you're going to blare a dog whistle on your national program about how a neo-conservative Jewish guy is a political puppet master, you might want to not add insult to injury by doing so as Jews the world 'round finish celebrations of their new year, Rosh Hashanah. 

Reacting on his September 15 program to news that Bill Kristol has said that, should Donald Trump go on to secure the GOP nomination, that former Vice President Dick Cheney should run for president on a third-party ticket with freshman Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (R) join him as his running mate, Matthews seethed that Cotton was a mere "sock puppet" that does and says whatever Kristol wants him to.

Moreover, Matthews insisted, those evil neocons have held "idiot" Republicans like Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle in their thrall over the years. 

Matthews, as we've documented time and again, revels in hitting Republican politicians for "dog whistle" and "code word" racial pitches in political messaging. Certainly Matthews has to be aware of the not-so-subtle nature of his vicious attack on a prominent Jewish conservative thinker and how it walks like and quacks like anti-Semitism.

Update (20:50 Eastern): Via the Legal Insurrection blog, here's a damning video from earlier this year, as tweeted by Jonah Goldberg, wherein Matthews whined about pro-Israel "piggish money people" and their influence on GOP politics: