The same is true of lots of individual tea party heroes, from Rush Limbaugh to Sarah Palin to Michele Bachmann. Matthews looked forward to Limbaugh being shot: "at some point somebody's going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp."
Matthews asked Bachmann: "Are you hypnotized? Has someone put you under a trance tonight? That you give me the same answer no matter what question I put to you?" He cracked repeatedly that Palin wasn't ready for Alex Trebek. "It's unbelievable how little this woman knows! ... Don't put her on 'Jeopardy'!"
So it's understandable that callow Farrow would expect Matthews to unleash the typical tirade on Brat and the tea party instead of doing a flip and going on defense. At the end of this schizophrenic episode, he should have said, "Chris Matthews, meet Chris Matthews."