More than one hundred dead. Thousands injured. More than 200,000 homeless, most of their worldly possessions destroyed or swept away. In excess of $20 billion in damage. Hurricane Sandy laid low a number of major population centers in the mid-Atlantic, and continues to be a nightmare of Federal bumbling and ineffectiveness.
But, thanks to media coverage of Obama’s “role” in this catastrophe that was nothing short of laudatory (though his role differed in substance not at all from GW Bush during Katrina), the President got a popularity bump that may have made a difference in yesterday’s election. And that, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews thinks, makes it all worthwhile. The lost loved ones, the lives destroyed, the damage, the suffering, all for a greater political good. That must be quite a tingle up that leg. While Matthews tried to explain away his remark, the essence remained precisely what it first sounded like. Whatever it takes, even a swath of death and destruction on US shores, if it helps my guy into the White House and keeps him there. Seems you cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
Matthews later apologized, though those insincere remarks represent nothing more than damage control. No, I don’t take him at his word. Not the one that is calculated to assuage feelings and placate the angry. I take him at the words he blurted out which gives a glimpse into the base, ruthless, cruel nature of people like Matthews and his ilk, and their absolute, blind partisanship. He is notably despicable, even among an unscrupulous group of faux-journalists such as populate MSNBC. Such is the nature of the news media in this age of gracelessness. Sadly, there has been little uproar over Matthews’ remark. Ask yourself what the result would be if the remark had come from Sean Hannity, or Bill O’Reilly.
Even more regrettably, Chris Matthews attended my alma mater, Holy Cross. The Jesuits missed by a wide margin with the “spiritual and moral development” of this guy. I am sure God is duly impressed.