Weird Things I heard on Real Time with Bill Maher:Weird Things I Heard on Bill Maher's Real Time:
Bill Maher asking Chris Matthews, "Now do people think of you as a liberal or a conservative?"
Huh, I thought to myself. Is that a trick question for idiots? Chris Matthews? Like that's difficult?
Chris Matthews replies, "That's hard." He thought for a moment and said, words to the effect of, "I like to ask tough questions," forgetting to mention for the moment that he used to work for Tip O'Neill when he was speaker of the house, presenting himself to anyone in the audience who doesn't know him as though he were a centrist. Then Matthew launches into a ten minute sustained attack on George Allen and the whole macaca business, despite the fact that this week everyone is obsessed with Foley follies.
At which point, Richard Clark, another guest, happens to mention, in a joking tone of voice, in Virginia, these days, Allen's known as Senator Macacawitz.
Not surprising, from what I've heard about Clark. I guess he didn't get the memo that one of James Webb staff was fired for referring to Senator Allen in that language and the campaign distanced itself for that use of language.
Perhaps he didn't connect the fact that Chris was working on how problematic Allen's language was with himself calling Allen Senator Macacawitz as a big joke in the same segment. Or perhaps he did connect that fact.