Chris Matthews challenged RNC’s chairman, Reince Priebus, to explain why Mitt Romney decided to play to the racist element with a birther joke and a blatantly false television ad. At a recent rally, the Republican nominee proclaimed that “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” Simultaneously, the Romney campaign is running an inflammatory commercial stating that President Obama is removing the work requirement from welfare recipients. The ad has been scrutinized by multiple sources, including the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact.org which states: “That’s a drastic distortion of the planned changes to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. By granting waivers to states, the Obama administration is seeking to make welfare-to-work efforts more successful, not end them. What’s more, the waivers would apply to individually evaluated pilot programs — HHS is not proposing a blanket, national change to welfare law…The ad’s claim is not accurate, and it inflames old resentments about able-bodied adults sitting around collecting public assistance.” Reinbus unsuccessfully tried to suggest that the birther joke was levity and inexplicably, doubled down on President Obama, by way of his policies, being “un-American”. The voting public applauds Chris for asking the hard questions and demanding actual answers.
On the other side of the coin, we have Joe Scarborough interviewing Chris Christie about a breaking news story accusing the New Jersey governor of turning down the VP slot because he did not believe Romney could win. Scarborough allowed Christie to pitch softball answers saying that people were making up stories and the reporters writing the story never contacted him. The answer needed was simply true or false and Joe could not bring himself to get clarity from the Governor. Although the question was screaming for an answer none of the panelists, save Sam Stein, ventured to take Christie to task. It was all very “CNN-ish”. Par for the course, Christie launched into an “all-about-me” speech and didn’t mention Mitt Romney until 16 minutes into his RNC keynote speech.