Matthews Drops F-Bomb on Imus

Hardball’s Chris Matthews apparently is not fond of ranchers but loves Rudy Giuliani. He got a little carried away on the Imus show this morning expressing his views on the matter:

We love good mayors because we love our cities and Giuliani is the city guy, and 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 f^@&ing — I’m sorry, a ranch. Wouldn’t that be good, Don, a guy who wasn’t on the ranch during Katrina, he was on the street corner answering questions?

Video and transcript via Matt Sheffield at Newsbusters

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  1. For months the only two words I heard Chris Matthews (no relation) mention were Hiillary Clinton. For a man with a show named “Hardball”, he needs a new pitch and one outburst doesn’t qualify.

  2. Anderson says:

    Oh, good. Tell us *more* reasons not to vote for Giuliani. As if the support of Chris Matthews didn’t suffice.

    Definition of “insular East Coaster”: one who thinks the obvious 2008 matchup is Hillary v. Rudy.

  3. LJD says:

    Doesn’t Imus have a ranch? Way to insult your host, and “southerners” Clinton, and Carter, and the ranch owning southern voters, and…
    …all for the benefit of a jab at the current President. Truly a softball performance.

  4. James Joyner says:

    Doesn’t Imus have a ranch?

    Heh. I didn’t think of that, although Imus didn’t seem offended. Then again, he’s great at goading guests into letting loose.

  5. Triumph says:

    Matthews is complete idiot. Although I agree with him that Bush’s “ranching” persona is utterly stupid and unconvincing and that cities have been given short-shrift over the past 30 years, or so, by the feds, to portray Giuliani as some sort of New York working stiff is way off base.

    I am not sure if Giuliani even LIVES in New York anymore. After his term as mayor ended he moved out of city-owned Gracie Mansion into an apartment with two gay friends of his.

    After he married for the third time [to a woman who happened to NOT be his cousin unlike his first wife], he and his wife bought a $3 million estate in the Hamptons and a half-million condo in Palm Beach.

    Interestingly, his website doesn’t say where he lives.

  6. Seems like he has said this before (the ranch thing and the southernersthing)

  7. Is the FCC already getting astroturf complaints?