Remember the dorky kid in Junior High who liked the really popular kid a little too much? Not in an amorous way, but with just way too much admiration to the point of embarrassment bordering on uncomfortable? The popular kid couldn’t exactly tell the toady to get lost for fear of losing favorability, but the zealous veneration and building up of their hero to divine-like status made you just squirm. The dork’s lack of self-awareness and how everyone else knew the popular kid had absolutely no reciprocal feelings whatsoever was pathetic.

That’s Chris Matthews and Barack Obama.

Chris Matthews was once relevant before Presidential candidate Barack Obama showed up and smiled so clean and articulate. Not my words. But ever since Matthews began campaigning to be Barack’s Homecoming date, it got weird. It’s one thing for a lifelong liberal Democrat to host a talk show and claim to be non-partisan. We’ve been putting up with that horse hockey for so long it’s expected. But early on, Chris Matthews showed his down cards with Obama’s face on them like no one else in the business. It was clear and obvious and now, with the Administration embroiled in scandals that even liberal journalists can’t ignore, it’s like Chris Matthews and Barack Obama are in an abusive relationship.

Chris can’t believe what’s going on with someone who seemed to be such a great guy in the beginning. He put so much adoration, support and trust into him and what did he get in return? An… IRS Scandal? C’mon – I’m like, the Hardball guy, dude! On his MSNBC show the other day, Matthews seemed to have a moment of clarity, incredulously stating that Obama; “doesn’t like being an executive. He likes speeches… going on the road… campaigning!” He further revealed that Obama; “does run the IRS, he runs the Treasury Department, he runs the United States government, and he is accountable for it…” Wow! An epiphany? I checked back in to Hardball later in the week to see how the Chris Matthews quest to drive the President from office was going. Exciting!

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