Independently partisan

Jonathan Garthwaite
Posted: Oct 09, 2007 9:50 AM

When asked if Republicans would attack him for being partisan during the debate, Chris Matthews said: 

I've been thinking about that....It's not my stage tonight. I don't have much standing to retort in real time.

However, I do have one sensitive point and that is, I don't mind being wrong -- I try to be right. I don't mind somebody saying I'm not fair -- I try to be fair. ... If someone says I'm not independent, it's going to be very hard for me to bite my tongue. ...

For twenty years I've paid the price of indepdendence. I've taken it from everybody ... every night of my life for the past twenty years. ...

If they accuse of me of being partisan, I'll go rip! ...

It's not about me, it's about them and who's going to be president during these difficult times.

Independent for the last "twenty years"?  Partisan operative for the twenty years prior. 

h/t DCFishbowl