I saw this yesterday and felt pretty sure that I was hallucinating after too much time with the 3-D glasses that I bought with my ticket to Coraline. Nope: TPM has the video of former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) telling Chris Matthews that liberal financier George Soros, not eight years of Republican economics, wrecked the economy.
HAYWORTH: I’ll tell you what was bad, the sneak attack on our economy, the dress rehearsal that was the debacle of IndyBank, when Chuck Schumer helped get that started. The guy in the background, George Soros, manipulating all the currency.
Matthews is clearly stunned at what he’s hearing: “You can talk fast, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.” But Hayworth got to Congress after a career in talk radio, and he returned to talk radio after losing in a 2006 upset to his then-Democratic challenger, Rep. Harry Mitchell. In that format, conspiracy theories about George Soros are about as normal as ads for reverse mortgages and natural male enhancement.
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