Poet Sylvia Plath was famous for writing, "Every woman adores a fascist." During his most-recent on-air love fest with Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, MSNBC's Chris Matthews took poetic license to apply that characteristic to the entire electorate.
On MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, the Hardball host gushed praise on the former New York City mayor's aggressive law enforcement and quality of life campaigns.
MATTHEWS: And this guy cleaned it up, and he made you feel like you had a right to walk the street safely. I think he did a great job. I'm sorry. And I think the country wants a boss like that. You know, a little bit of fascism there. Just a little bit. Just a pinch of it.
Ironic that Matthews would compare the Giuliani Administration's anti-crime legacy to "a little bit of fascism" because that is what exactly many critics have maintained—especially in the wake of the Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond and Abner Louima cases.
However, the giddy television host ended his love letter with some words that we found strangely comforting:
I'm so sick of Southern guys with ranches running this country. I want a guy to run for president who doesn't have a fucking—I'm sorry—a ranch. Wouldn't that be good? A guy who wasn't on the ranch during Katrina.
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