Even if it’s true, Chris Matthews probably shouldn’t have said it on air. During Wednesday’s airing of Hardball, Matthews showed a clip of Rush Limbaugh pontificating on the “real” meaning of Tuesday’s election results. Matthews then said: “That man has no good reason to exist.”
It’s not the first time Matthews has wished Limbaugh gone. In 2009, he said: “You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’d going to explode like a giant blimp. And that day may come. Not yet, but we’ll be there to watch.”
The next day, Matthews apologized. “In this political atmosphere,” he said, “I shouldn’t have gone into such detail about Mr. Big’s demise at the end of that movie, about that CO2 capsule, especially in reference to Rush, and certainly I shouldn’t have speculated, even metaphorically or cinematically, about that happening to Rushbo in the real world.”
Matthews should apologize again. Even if it’s true, there are just some things you just don’t say on air.