Chris Matthews reamed several of the GOP’s most prominent mouthpieces on Friday for their unhinged reactions to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
The Hardball panel reviewed a few of the most extreme responses: Rush Limbaugh calling the SCOTUS a “death panel,” Indiana Rep. Mike Pence comparing the Court’s decision to 9/11 (and quickly apologizing), an ominous tweet from Sarah Palin stating, “Obama lies, freedom dies,” and Glenn Beck selling t-shirts with Chief Justice John Roberts' face and the word ‘coward’ underneath it.
Other gems include Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert calling for the impeachment of Justice Elena Kagan, and Matthews’ favorite - “a rant too crazy to rationalize” from Michael Savage, who told his radio audience on Friday that Justice Roberts suffers from a seizure disorder and his epilepsy medication “introduce[s] mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems.“
Salon editor at large Joan Walsh commented on the hysteria:
“It would be hilarious if it wasn’t a little bit scary, Chris… because it does show you the extent to which they really believed they had this in the bag, and that they had this Court in the bag. And you lose legitimacy of the Court if it’s perceived as a partisan tool.”
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