After a heated discussion, where Matthews uses the terms "flat earther" to describe Republican Candidate Mitt Romney, who also claims "does not believe in science" or "evolution," Matthews casually calls the GOP the "Grand Wizard Crowd." Michael Steele did not let him get away with it.
The exchange was as follows, as reported by RealClearPolitics:
"I resent that. What is this 'grand wizard' nonsense?" Steele asked.
"I should say the far-right party," Matthews retorted.
"Are you saying that we're the Ku Klux Klan? Give me a break. Don't go there with me on that," Steele warned.
"Okay. Great. Good. Thank you," Matthews cracked. "There's none of those problems over there. All those birthers out there."
"Oh my gosh," Steele could be heard saying.
Chris Matthews has made name-calling an art; he called Tea Party Republicans as a group of baby-kidnapping terrorists and once stated, "Well, the GOP has become the Wahhabis of American government," referring to radical Islam.
Regarding man-made Climate Change, Mitt Romney has stated, "My policy is not to impose trillions of dollars in costs and job killing measures like cap and trade and carbon taxes on the American people." Mitt's book, "No Apology: Believe in America," has a chapter devoted to Mitt's views on energy and about the climate, and his plan for energy is outlined on his website.
Marginalizing the competition by name-calling is not helping political discourse. In March, President Obama also called those who do not support yet more failed green stimulus in favour of drilling for domestic oil "Flat Earthers." President Obama could really help promote civil discourse by being a good example for the Chris Matthews of the world, who resort to name calling regularly and contribute strongly to polarization.
The exchange could be seen from MSNBC: