Chris Matthews: Fearmonger

Chris Matthews likened the debt ceiling debate to the United States Civil War (the one where over 600,000 Americans died) on his program the other night. He then likened Tea Party members of Congress to kids in the back seat and called political bloggers “know-nothing cheerleaders.”

But, umm, Chris Matthews…have you seen the polls? This Gallup Poll from July 7th shows a whopping majority (42%) of Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling. Only 22% thought Congress should raise it.

A new poll shows the gap narrowed significantly in the past two weeks, although the sample size is even smaller than the Gallup poll. At the same time, with fear mongering rants like Matthews’, it’s kind of easy to see why people might change their minds.

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