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Careful Mr. Matthews, "Your True Colors are Shining Through"

And so it was said:

“He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two.” – Chris Matthews

Let’s break down this gem one miss-thought at a time, shall we?

“He is post-racial by all appearances.” – “Post-racial”, meaning, just Barack is post-racial or is it that because of Barack’s speech last night, America as a whole is suddenly rid of all racist tendencies? And, “appearances”… as in, “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy“? and, “light skinned… with no negro dialect“?

“You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.” – “… for an hour“? Meaning, you knew he was black before that hour and remembered he was black after that hour but forgot during that hour? How about today? Do you remember Barack is black today or are you still somewhat fuzzy on that? It’s okay though… you also forgot he is half white.

“You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country…”– “… a long way to become a leader of this country…”… “a long way”… Does Chris mean “a long way” from being a community organizer, where he handed off any actual work to others or is Chris referencing Barack’s time in the senate where he accomplished… nothing? According to Wikipedia, Obama’s career in the senate began on January 4, 2005 and ended on November 16, 2008. Actually, where Barack’s senate career may have begunon January 4th, 2005, it ended February 4, 2007 when he announced his intention to forgo his time wasted as a senator and run instead for president.  And since being president, Barack hasn’t done much more than hand off his agenda to his fellow liberals with demands that THEY “git-er-done”. I guess this is his presidential way of voting… “present” the way he did when he was senator, so he can avoid committments for which he might later be held accountable and any failure he does commit to is the fault of someone else… especially George Bush.

“… and passed so much history in just a year or two.” –  … so much history in just a year or two? Well, it’s already clear Chris isn’t talking about the “history” of Barack’s brief time as a senator, during which time Barack did nothing but run for president… and Barack has only been president for one year… Sooo… what second year of history passing is Chris talking about? Perhaps Chris (like many of his fellow liberals)… miss-spoke… Perhaps, rather than “passed so much history”, Chris meant to say Barack “re-wrote” so much history… like inventing dramatic and heart warming ties to the Kennedy family, attributing his conception to a chance meeting of his parents in Selma (almost 4 years after he was born), revamping his time as a lecturer to be his time as a “professor of law”… and then there’s that mythical article in EBONY Magazine that inspired him to run for office.

Now, What’s the best way to know someone realizes they’ve stuck their foot in their mouth? A) see how quickly they attempt to “clarify” their statement or B) Count the minutes it takes them to shove the other foot in while trying to pull the other out? Enter one of our favorite political intellects, Rachel Maddow, who gave Chris Matthews the opportunity to do both.

During the post-speech/let’s convince each other we aren’t embarrassed chit-chat session between Rachel and Chris on “The Rachel Maddow Show”, she is about to sign him off when Chris interrupts to get something off his chest, something regarding his “I forgot he was black” commentary. “I am very proud”, Matthews insisted and he prefaced his forthcoming clarification of that gaffe with a “hope” that (this time) he could, “say it the right way”…. and then he opens his mouth wide to stuff the second foot in ankle deep. He rambles about the past, recalling the racial confrontations of the 60’s (where his mind and those of his fellow liberals seems to be stuck) and he measures that past with “how far we’ve come in just a year”. According to Chris, all of that racial stuff just faded away last night, “it wasn’t in the room” while Barack Obama made his SOTU speech and it “wasn’t in the room” while Barack spoke because of “the leadership on his part”. Chris felt it “like an epiphany”. Barack Obama alone has wiped away all of the prior racisms, Obama did “something wonderful”… he has “taken us beyond black and white in our politics… wonderfully so, in just a year… I think”. Yeah… It’s amazing… Who’d-a-thunk that calling his grandmother a “typical white person” and admitting to finding “solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity” against the race of his white mother during his campaign would, in one “wonderful” hour last night, have the power to magically bring to reality the long sought Dream of racial harmony that even Martin Luther King, Jr. himself could not accomplish in his entire lifetime.

As Rachel attempted to wrap up the segment, she thanks Chris (AKA: “Big Thinker”) for his compassionate insight, but he interrupts again. He isn’t finished. He doesn’t have his foot jammed quite deep enough so talking over Rachel he manages to slip in one more thought on the matter (and not even an original thought), invoking the McDonald’s slogan to describe the current “tingle” slithering up his leg… “I’m loving it,” he concludes… Yeah, Chris… So are we… so are we.

Fade to dreamy shot of Cyndi Lauper singing passionately to the liberal side of the room after the president’s State of the Union speech…

“You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Show me a smile then,
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow”