Chris Matthews: 'Looking Down Our Noses' at Tea Party 'Has Got to Stop'

By Barbara Boland | June 12, 2014 | 10:43 AM EDT

"This looking down our noses at Tea Party people has got to stop," Chris Matthews said, ripping apart MSNBC journalist Ronan Farrow's question implying that "brazen intellectualism" was either incompatible with, or a rarity in, the Tea party.

"They are as American as any liberal is" he added and said: "I don't think you can assume liberals are smarter than conservative professors. I think it's crazy talking like that, and it's exactly the attitude conservatives can't stand."

Between criticism for Obama's bungling of the Veteran's Administration problems and eviscerating the Bergdahl prisoner swap, it seems that Chris Matthews has "lost that lovin' feelin'" he once had for Obama - specifically, the "thrill going up my leg" feeling.

In a tone that sounded snooty, Farrow then asked Matthews: "Is it rare to see that kind of brazen intellectualism, particularly in populist candidates like this?"

"Well first of all I don't think you can assume that the liberals are smarter than the conservative professors. I think that's crazy talking like that, and it's exactly the attitude that conservatives can't stand."

It's a common trope that Tea party members are less educated than Americans, even though Yale Professor Kahan found that Tea partiers were actually better versed in science than the general public.

But it's unusual - to say the least - to hear a liberal like Chris Matthews actually acknowledge that liberals don't have a monopoly on intellectualism.