Meanwhile, here’s Chris Matthews in full tantrum after the Republican candidates were asked if they accepted Biblical literalism in the big You Tube debate:
MATTHEWS: Governor, I think you, like a lot of conservatives, believe in the original purpose of the Constitution as written. It’s our sort of secular bible. It says there should be no religious test ever required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. Why are you Republican candidates submitting to religious vetting about your belief in the literal nature of the Bible? Why put up with those kind of questions?
HUCKABEE: Well, Chris, when guys like you quit asking it, we’ll quit answering it. But the fact is, we get asked these questions in the debates, and if we evade them, if we act like we’re not going to answer them, then we’re going to get hammered for being unwilling to address the questions that are put to us. So that’s why I keep answering them.
MATTHEWS: But these are religious test questions. They’re not about public policy. They’re not about what you believe the country should be about. They’re what you believe about the Bible. They’re particularly religious testing of you fellows. Why didn’t somebody raise their hand last night and say, This is not what America’s about. If there was a Jewish fellow up here, an Arab fellow up here, a non-believer, he’d have to say, I don’t believe in the Bible. Then where would we be? Some people some giving the correct answer, according to some, and others giving the incorrect answer.
Gosh! I’ll bet he must have been real upset with Romney for all but saying that you have to be religious to be President. From last night’s show:
MATTHEWS: Here’s the American part of this, the truly American part. I thought he did a really good job. Someone said he got this idea from Jon Meacham, who wrote, “The American Gospel,” who’s on this program a lot. Here’s Governor Romney referencing the beginnings of our country.
Chrystia, I thought it was an amazing speech this morning. What were your thoughts about it? What struck you? I know you watched it.
Matthews devoted his entire first segment to the Romney speech. His guests? Pat Buchanan and David Quo (formerly of Bush’s office of faith based intiatives). Nice and balanced.
This, sadly, was more typical of the cable news reaction. Here’s brain-dead pseudo-liberal Bill Press telling us about what’s really important, on last night’s Tucker:
I thought he did what he had to do today. And may I add by the way, he certainly looked presidential. All three cables carried him live. He had eight American flags on the stage. He was introduced by Daddy Bush. No candidate on either side so far has had that kind of positive exposure.
I thought it was a real 10 strike for Romney.
Standing in front of American flags makes you look Presidential. Why haven’t the other candidates thought of that?
As I said, typical of the cable news reaction, save for Olbermann’s show. The print media managed to do better, but we’ll save that for another time.