To all the millions of victims of superstorm Sandy, Chris Matthews has aÂ message: “I’m so glad.”
The MSNBC host, on a panel of pro-Obama pundits including Rachel Maddow,Â ended election coverage overnight by saying he’s “glad” the storm hit,Â suggesting it served a greater good by boosting President Obama to a secondÂ term.
“I’m so glad we had that storm last week,” Matthews said, after interjectingÂ to give some final thoughts. Somebody off-screen could be heard saying “ooo” atÂ that remark, but Matthews confidently put his hand up to explain.
“No, politically I should say — not in terms of hurting people. The stormÂ brought in possibilities for good politics,” he said.
“To clarify — I was thrilled at the cooperation between the President andÂ state officials that made the country proud. Great bipartisanship,” heÂ tweeted.
“Obviously I wasn’t talking about the horror of the storm. I grew up on theÂ Jersey shore,” Matthews wrote in another message on his Twitter feed.
The death toll from that storm, which caused billions of dollars in damage,Â now exceeds 100. Many in the path of the storm’s wrath — in New Jersey, NewÂ York and elsewhere — lost their homes or their cars or were otherwiseÂ displaced. The storm wreaked havoc on Election Day, as officials scrambled toÂ facilitate the vote with many precincts facing power outages and fuelÂ shortages.
Some analysts did say the storm boosted Obama’s image by allowing him to showÂ a bipartisan side — reaching out to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whoÂ publicly thanked Obama for the federal government’s support — and effectivelyÂ sidelining Mitt Romney for a few days one week before the election.
Exit polls also showed about four in 10 voters said Obama’s response to SandyÂ was important to their vote, and they backed the president by more than a 2-to-1Â margin.
Matthews, though, was oddly upbeat in describing the political impact. HeÂ made the Sandy comment after ripping Republicans for their “assault” on theÂ president.
“I am so proud of the country. To re-elect this president and overcoming –Â not because of the partisanship or even the policies — just the fact, here’s anÂ African guy,Â African-American guy with an unusual background — partÂ immigrant background, part African-American background — with all this assaultÂ on him from day one. From Mitch McConnell, from the clowns out there that aren’tÂ elected, never will be to anything,” he said. “And the way he took it, asÂ someone said, with coolness and charm and dignity and just took it and took itÂ and kept moving forward and doing his job. … A good day for America.”
Source: Fox News