Just had the exquisite pleasure of watching MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews on Jeopardy. I missed the first half of the show, but was struck by two of his answers on the second half.
One of the questions, in the category "Law and Order," was, "A U.S.D.C. is one of these, charged with the jurisdiction of a specific region." The correct answer: United States District Court. Matthews' answer: "What is a US District Attorney."
To the best of my knowledge, District Attorneys are known as DA's, not DC's.
The other question, in the category "Six Letter World Capitals," was, "St. Basil's Cathedral is located there." The correct answer: Moscow. Matthews' answer: "Istanbul." Yes, I-S-T-A-N-B-U-L.
Matthews' counting and spelling ability certainly go a long way towards explaining his political thinking.
They certainly sent a chill up my leg.
Addendum, next day: It gets even better. This article points out that Matthews once said about Sarah Palin,“They find these empty vessels who know nothing about the world! Nothing about foreign policy! Who immediately begin to spout the neo-con line. I read her book — it’s full of that crap….It’s unbelievable how little this woman knows!…Don’t put her on Jeopardy!”