I was watching yesterday's episode of "Hardball" when Chris Matthew's began the show by introducing the topic of the Clinton campaign's rather desperate attempt to cry plagiarism against Obama for having used some catch phrases that had also been used by his close friend and ally and Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick.
Patrick issued a statement saying he didn't mind a bit, that he and Obama often trade thoughts and ideas and that he'd used some of Obama's phrases in the past. The Obama campaign also cited several instances of where Clinton had cadged phrases that Obama had used first as well.
As a matter of fact, Obama is shown on tape on at least one occasion actually saying, "as my good friend Deval Patrick puts it...." before he uses the phrase about "just words" that are in question.
This didn't stop Pitchfork Pat from trying to insist that this was just as bad, just the same, as when Joe Biden was caught plagiarising nearly word for word a huge chunk of a speech from British labor party leader Neil Kinnock. This happened early into Biden's previous run for president, and it sunk his campaign.
One, borrowing a phrase from a close friend and supporter, one directly stealing the written words of a politician you've never met. Yes, there is a difference.
Now with visions of Biden dancing in their heads, folks like Buchannon, who knows better, and the Clinton campaign, who knows better too, are trying to make this phoney charge stick.
It wasn't unexpected for Matthews to discuss the issue, but the graphic shown to introduce the topic sure was.
Later in the show, Matthews briefly said the graphic was "a mistake" and appologized.
Gee, ya think? But seriously, what's going on at MSNBC? That's one hell of a "mistake". Was the graphics editor drunk? The obviously got the text correct, so who's idea of funny was it to put up Osama's picture?
Oh, I get it, Osama.... Obama... hey, they sound alike. VERY funny. Oh, make them stop.
Kind of ironic that as Matthews and Pat Buchanon were raking Obama over the coals for what amounts to a big nothing burger, saying he should be more careful about making mistakes, Matthew's own show is getting this slopppy.
But later in the show, Matthews made up for any misdeeds by running this picture and heroically refraining from any snide remarks.
Finally, Bush getting the respect he deserves during his tour of Africa.