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Chris Matthews swings at Bushies and connects

Even Chris Matthews is fed up with the Bush administration. Last night, at a party celebrating 10 years of Hardball, Matthews had some not so nice things to say about the Bush administration. He even went so far as to contrast them to the Clinton administration. But not in a way that makes the Bushies look good:

After praising the drafters of the First Amendment for allowing him to make a living, he outlined what he said was the fundamental difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations.

The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.

"Not so this crowd," he added, explaining that Bush White House officials -- especially those from Vice President Cheney's office -- called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content. "They will not silence me!" Matthews declared.

"They've finally been caught in their criminality," Matthews continued, although he did not specify the exact criminal behavior to which he referred. He then drew an obvious Bush-Nixon parallel by saying, "Spiro Agnew was not an American hero."

Matthews left the throng of Washington A-listers with a parting shot at Cheney: "God help us if we had Cheney during the Cuban missile crisis. We'd all be under a parking lot."

Hopefully we'll see more chatter on the cable shows about this, and hear more about what Matthews views as the Bush administration's "criminality." Let's see those articles of impeachment, Mr. Conyers!

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