It is one of the small proud moments of my life that I actually got to vote for Barney Frank, once. “Why the chip, Jeff?”
But Chris Matthews, bless his heart, also acquitted himself nicely, this once. My transcript, of the final few minutes:
Matthews: You just said that Trump is hiding something, by not releasing his tax returns. What is your candidate hiding?
Weaver: I — my — my candidate is not hiding anything.
Matthews: But then why doesn’t he release his tax returns?
Weaver: He has released some —
Matthews: He’s released one year, of fourteen, that’s it.
Weaver: — and he has House and Senate ethics reports —
Matthews: Yeah, but why doesn’t he release his tax returns? You just said, a minute ago, that a politician is running for President, that doesn’t release his tax returns, has something to hide —
Weaver: But that’s Donald Trump! You asked about Donald Trump, Chris!
Matthews: I asked you, why wouldn’t a politician release his tax returns…
Weaver: That’s not a hypothetical, you said why isn’t Donald Trump revealing his tax returns?!?
Matthews: Okay, fine. You said that Donald Trump would not release his tax returns because he was obviously trying to hide something. What is Senator Sanders hiding?
Weaver: He’s hiding nothing. And I think — if you talk to anybody in the media — who saw those tax returns in 2014 — everybody who thought there was gonna be some big thing in there, and you know what? Zero!
Matthews: I’m just asking the question, live question, right now: You just went after Trump, for not releasing his returns. Why doesn’t your guy do it?
Weaver: Yes, and that — because Trump is a flim-flam artist, and a fraud! We’ve seen that, in his university, and —
Matthews: Why don’t you address yourself to the question I just asked? Why doesn’t your guy release the returns? Give me an answer!
Weaver: Well, he will.
Matthews: Oh, he will?
Weaver: Sure! He said he will!
Matthews: Senator Sanders will release his returns during the course of this campaign?
Weaver: He said he will…
Matthews: Before the convention.
Weaver: He said he would, yeah.
Matthews: Well, can you give me a date?
Weaver: I’ll be happy to get you a date, Chris…
Gotta tell ya, IMO, Comic Book Guy does not cover himself with glory in this exchange. Even though I could swear I’ve seen very very similar crossed-sword exchanges in many, many superhero comic books, back in the day. And Weaver’s not playing the ‘superhero’ side here, either.
Apart from the usual comix-al overdramatics, what’s on the agenda for the day?