Jul
01
1999

Chris Matthews: Testosterone Overdose?

From CNBC's Hardball (5/4/99)

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Has a country ever won a war by avoiding enemy casualties? Isn't that what we're doing? We're blowing up bridges that are dark and buildings that are empty, and killing a few night watchmen who are dumb enough to show up for the midnight shift. But it's a strange war we're fighting - why is [President Clinton] avoiding casualties on the other side?

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MATTHEWS: [Clinton] is about to dump this war on Madeleine Albright. He's about to blame this war on this poor secretary of state, who basically is his staffer.

SEN. JOHN McCAIN (guest): Yeah.

MATTHEWS: She's not an independent principal.

McCain: Yeah.

MATTHEWS: She does what he tells her to do. Do you think that's fair? Is that gentlemanly conduct to dump this on a woman?

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MATTHEWS: Are we going back to the old notion of a president as a leader and not a consensus builder?

McCAIN: I hope so.

MATTHEWS: John Wayne rather than Jane Fonda.

McCAIN: That's my only chance.

MATTHEWS: 'Cause you mean you're not running as...?

McCAIN: Because there's no way...

MATTHEWS: ...you're not running as Alan Alda here.

McCAIN: No.

MATTHEWS: You're running as John Wayne, more or less.

McCAIN: That's the only way I can succeed.

MATTHEWS: Well, you're doing well. Thank you, Senator McCain.