The Delicious Irony Of The Chris Matthews ‘Jeopardy’ Meltdown

The most delicious irony of all is being witness to MSNBC’s moronic Chris Matthews EPIC FAIL on Jeopardy after repeatedly mocking Sarah Palin for how he imagined she would perform as a contestant on the same game show:

In the Hindu world of karma, and the biblical realm of you reap what you sow, MSNBC news anchor Chris Matthews received his due on the May 14th airing of the game show Jeopardy. In a special presentation of ‘Power Players’, where Matthews went head to head against former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary, the host of Hardball came up quite short in both earnings and prestige by finishing dead last, and accumulating only $2300.

The irony of Matthew’s failure in the popular trivia based gameshow, is that four years ago the former Presidential speech writer and journalist berated then Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for not having the brain power to do well as a competitor, and in answering tough questions.

“Is this [vice presidential debate] about her brain power?… Do you think cute will beat brains?…Do you think she’d do better on the questions on Jeopardy! or the interview they do during a half-time?…My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the President of the United States has right now and that is scary!” – Newsbusters

Additionally, none of the professional news reporters did exceptionally well, with O’Leary and Gibbes winning only $4200 and $5600 respectively. Compared against the average winning totals that range between $10000 and $15000, we see the cumulative winnings of all three journalists barely reached the levels of the average winning contestant.

To the political world, and the average television viewer, it was interesting to see Chris Matthews struggle on a game show he frequently cites on Hardball to denigrate American intelligence.

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Author and Yahoo! contributor Mark Whittington comments:

Of all of the pernicious and misogynistic slams on Palin, the ones about her intelligence has been the most puzzling. If Matthews had been paying attention, he would have realized Palin thinks well on her feet, as when she ripped Joe Biden to shreds during the 2008 vice presidential debate. That should have served as a clue to people like the MSNBC host who seems to be enraptured by the black legend of Palin as the psycho-bimbo.

Why do people like Matthews like to run down Palin’s intellect? Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds speculates it is a sign of a well-founded intellectual insecurity on the part of the person doing the mocking. They feel threatened by a person of undoubted gifts as Palin has and react accordingly. Most of these Palin haters are liberal men like Matthews or Bill Maher who mask a certain anxiety with bluster.

Of course, there are women who hate Palin but for different reasons that are as old as high school cliques…

Whittington asks whether Matthews’ embarrassing Jeopardy experience will serve to compel him to acquire some much-needed measure of humility and teach him the lesson of casting stones in his MSNBC glass house. Not a chance, in my opinion. That would require that Matthews be in possession of at least one clue and a degree of intellectual honesty, neither of which we have seen him demonstrate in all his years of preaching to the liberal choir that is the Hardball audience.

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