Chris Matthews Praises Rendell, Makes Bizarre Jewish Reference

06/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hardball host Chris Matthews experienced one of those fleeting periods of brain-vacancy that so often plague his broadcasts this afternoon, leading him to transform a banal segment that profiled a possible vice-presidential pick for Senator Barack Obama into an utterly bizarre statement about Florida Jews:

MATTHEWS: So who is it? Pennsylvania Governor Eddie Rendell. I tell ya, this guy would surround that slice of ham - Obama - with so much rye bread, he'd have the whole state of Florida munching on it! Ed Rendell is so kosher that he makes the treyf safe? And, prithee, Chris, what will all of Florida's Cuban stereotypes munch on?