LAT Writer Anticipates No ‘Potomac-Sized Mea Culpa’ from Matthews

<img alt="539w.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/539w.jpg" width="200" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/ LAT’s James Rainey thumps MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews today for his ongoing predictions on the health care reform bill, especially for his treatment of Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).

Rainey accuses Matthews of allowing his own personality to trip him up on discussion of the bill. Matthews disagrees. Rainey asserts that Grayson said all along that HCR would pass. Matthews, a former congressional staffer of 15 years, thought not. Still, Matthews insists, Grayson technically got it wrong.

Rainey wrote: “When I spoke to Matthews after his show Tuesday evening, he said that he intended to have Grayson back on “Hardball,” probably soon. But don’t set your DVR in anticipation of some Potomac-sized mea culpa.

“Matthews told me that, smoldering YouTube clip notwithstanding, it was Grayson who got it wrong back in January. He said the congressman was obviously referring back then to the House passing a new piece of legislation, rather than signing on to the approved Senate health bill and then having differences reconciled. ‘He denied the House had to pass the Senate bill and then have reconciliation,’ Matthews said at one point. ‘I never got an answer from him, all I got was a posture. He wasn’t helping me explain it. He was just taking a position.’

“…Finally, Matthews urged me to take more time and to speak to Senate leaders and parliamentarians. I would understand that he had it right all along. But it seems to me Matthews created this mess all on his own, just by being too much of himself.”

Read the full column here.