Yes. Yes. Chris Matthews went all butch with Canyon Face yesterday:
MATTHEWS (1/18/06): Have you gone to see it yet? Iâ€™ve seen everything else but that. I justâ€”
IMUS: No, I havenâ€™t seen it. Why would I want to see that?
MATTHEWS: I donâ€™t know. No opinion on that. I havenâ€™t seen it either, soâ€”
IMUS: So they wereâ€”it was out when I was in New Mexico andâ€”it doesnâ€™t resonate with real cowboys who I know.
IMUS: But then, maybe thereâ€™s stuff going on on the ranch that I donâ€™t know about. Not on my ranch, but you knowâ€”
MATTHEWS: Well, the wonderful Michael Savage, whoâ€™s on 570 in DC, who shares a station with you at least, he calls it [laughter]â€”whatâ€™s he call it?â€”he calls it Bare-back Mount-ing. Thatâ€™s his name for the movie.
IMUS: Of course, Bernard calls it Fudgepack Mountain…
The October 2003 issue of Vanity Fair (which has returned to earth since featuring the Bush administration as stalwart mannequins) includes James Wolcottâ€™s hilarious commentary on the hubbub over Bushâ€™s basket. Saying that MSNBCâ€™s Chris Matthews “gets as gaga as Andrew Sullivan and frequent guest Peggy Noonan over that hickory-smoked hunk of masculinity, George W. Bush,” Wolcott wrote:
“One of the more cringe-inducing TV moments in recent memory was Matthews and G. Gordon Liddy sprouting rhetorical woodies over the spectacle of Bush on the carrier deck in his flight suit, his parachute harness showcasing the presidential bulge — or, to use Liddyâ€™s inimitable phrase, “his manly characteristic.” One guy to another, Liddy put Matthews wise. “You know, all those women who say size doesnâ€™t count, theyâ€™re all liars. Check that out.”
Matthews: “And Iâ€™ve got to say why do the Democrats, as you say, want to keep advertising this guyâ€™s greatest moment?”
Liddy: “Look, heâ€™s coming across as a, well, as women would call in my show saying, what a stud. . .”
“To borrow a line from the late critic Marvin Mudrick, the two of them should take a cold shower, preferably not together.”
Looks like Liddy found the bottom of his heart’s delight….