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August 09, 2007

Chris Matthews is the Smartest Man Who's Ever Lived

Was checking out my wise and honorable host's bio, and learned:

Matthews was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics. He holds 16 honorary Ph.D.s.

16 honorary Ph.D.s. I'm going to get torn apart.

August 9, 2007 | Permalink


the smartest man in the world also said, "Can you smell the English leather on this guy, the Aqua Velva, the sort of mature man‘s shaving cream, or whatever, you know, after he shaved? Do you smell that sort of—a little bit of cigar smoke? You know, whatever."

or this harvard wisdom:

"I always thought Bush was more popular than his policies. I keep saying it, and I keep being wrong on this. Bush is not popular. I'm amazed when 50 percent of the people don't like him -- just don't like this guy. Thirty-nine percent like him. Are you surprised? Does that fit with the world you walk in?"

"Well it's certainly a wholesome looking crowd for an anti-war bunch."

"Judy, you’re a hero to the press. You are a woman to be trusted with secrets and thank you for coming on."

i will donate 20 dollars to the charity of your choice if you call him on any of these ridiculous statements.

Posted by: christian | Aug 9, 2007 4:11:51 PM

16 honorary Ph.D.s. I'm going to get torn apart.

Well, it is the standard, um, remuneration for commencement speakers, and I'd assume that Tweety is considered a decent catch. Richard Feynman was very good at turning down honorary degrees, as he remembered waiting through the tedious ceremonials for invited worthies before getting his own Ph.D.

Posted by: pseudonymous in nc | Aug 9, 2007 4:34:36 PM

I think Bill Cosby has upwards of one hundred honorary Ph.D.'s. So Matthews is the second-smartest fellow who ever lived, tops.

Posted by: Jack Roy | Aug 9, 2007 4:39:29 PM

Bah Ezra. Kim Chong Il has him beat. At last count, Kim has about 1200 Ph.D.'s, nearly all from Kim Chong Il University.

Now, when Chris establishes his own university...

Posted by: Bob Mackey | Aug 9, 2007 5:16:11 PM

As long as you tear up that hypocrite Henretty that's all that matters, and you seem to be doing a VERY nice job!

Posted by: tom.a | Aug 9, 2007 5:23:17 PM

Posted by: Chris | Aug 9, 2007 5:23:47 PM

Who is that crazy woman?!

Great catch on "good on = cutting taxes."

Posted by: Chris | Aug 9, 2007 5:25:57 PM

Loved your "And how cynical are YOU?" to the MoDo wannabe.

Posted by: kchiker | Aug 9, 2007 5:29:26 PM

Just saw you on Hardball. You did really well. I'm impressed. You'll be dangerous in ten years or so.

Posted by: Jeff | Aug 9, 2007 5:34:53 PM

I meant that s a compliment. ;-)

Posted by: Jeff | Aug 9, 2007 5:36:13 PM

pseudonymous, Feynman also turned down one from Columbia after he'd gotten his Nobel. They'd not accepted his application for undergrad because of his Jewishness.

Posted by: tps12 | Aug 9, 2007 5:38:53 PM

I still think it's charming that Brian May just submitted his astronomy Ph.D. thesis, 36 years after dropping out. Admittedly, most faculties won't allow that kind of delay, but he did do the necessary research to bring it up to date. That's going to be a well-attended viva.

Posted by: pseudonymous in nc | Aug 9, 2007 6:06:42 PM

And now, through the miracle of the Internets, you can enjoy the complete list of schools who thought Tweety worthy of an honorary doctorate.

See if you can tell what most of them have in common ... :)

Posted by: Sinfonian | Aug 9, 2007 6:07:12 PM

Tweety is so narcissistic. Henretty is a shill, nothing new there. I was disappointed that Tweety kept trying to talk over you. And what was with that schmuck from WaPo after you? Cillizza I think. He's such a complete tool. Tweety tried to call out all the war mongers at AEI, and that dope tried to drag the Dems into it.

Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience | Aug 9, 2007 6:11:59 PM

You more than held up your own view today on "Hardball"
Best spoken and best looking.

Posted by: freddyf | Aug 9, 2007 6:12:09 PM

Whoops, looks like I just posted my comment under the song comments in error, which will make no sense at all. Sorry 'bout that!

Posted by: Txindy | Aug 9, 2007 6:14:13 PM

I thought I heard on NPR years ago that Frank Zamboni had the most honorary degrees, curiously from schools with hockey teams, with ice that needed ....

Posted by: k | Aug 9, 2007 6:19:15 PM

I thought I heard on NPR years ago that Frank Zamboni had the most honorary degrees, curiously from schools with hockey teams, with ice that needed ....

Posted by: k | Aug 9, 2007 6:19:38 PM

I thought I heard on NPR years ago that Frank Zamboni had the most honorary degrees, curiously from schools with hockey teams, with ice that needed ....

Posted by: k | Aug 9, 2007 6:20:02 PM

As the Wizard of Oz said to the brainless Scarecrow;
"Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven't got: a diploma."

Posted by: Lancelot Link | Aug 9, 2007 6:48:28 PM

Actually, I doubt that they are "PhDs". Courtesy of Wikipedia: Many American universities award the LL.D. (Doctor of Laws), the Litt.D. (Doctor of Letters), the LH.D. (Doctor of Humane Letters), the Sci.D. (Doctor of Science), the Ped.D. (Doctor of Pedagogy) and the D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) only as honorary degrees.

Posted by: redterror | Aug 9, 2007 7:09:37 PM

I agree that "good on = cutting taxes" was a nice catch, but I also agree with Matthews that most people do not personally want to pay higher taxes (I'd be happy if I were wrong though).

What people want is for other, richer people to pay higher taxes. Focusing on this point would have made your argument stronger. Still it was refreshing to see someone on TV and declaring their desire for higher taxes.

Posted by: EERac | Aug 9, 2007 7:14:39 PM

Um, the claim that Mattews has 16 honorary PhDs is somewhat suspicious on its face. It's not that I don't Matthews has been given a pile of honorary doctrates. Rather, it's that universities *very seldom* give *doctors of philosophy* as honorary degrees. They usually give doctors of law. So it'd be weird for the guy to have 16 honorary PhDs.

In any case, even if I'm right that Matthews' bio is misrepresenting the honors he's been given, it's likely the result of an honest, innocent mistake. But still. If he *is* misrepresenting his honors, he shouldn't be.

Posted by: Scott E. | Aug 9, 2007 7:14:56 PM

Hello, though I do not necessarily know much of your character and larger-scale politics as compared to what I've only viewed on Hardball with Chris Mathews, I must say that I did find your views interesting.

Overall, watching a young face on the show certainly seemed a breath of fresh air given the "elderly" dominance in most media circuits.

I only wished to post this comment to tell you (If you even read these) that that one lady was a complete B*** to you. I believe her actual line was somewhere around "How old are you? Are you that naive?"

I don't know, that statement just drove me furious and made me lose faith in a possibility that people were open to all views from all peoples.

Posted by: Josh Preston | Aug 9, 2007 7:40:37 PM

You did a FINE job today. Henretty looked like she was peeing her pants. And I live for that...thanks!

Posted by: gimmeabreak | Aug 9, 2007 7:42:34 PM

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