WHAT MATTHEWS CONSIDERS AN ‘ENEMY CAMP’…. Chris Matthews’ propensity for saying dumb things on the air is almost limitless.

Last night, for example, in his analysis of President Obama’s speech at West Point, Matthews told viewers, “I watched the cadets, they were young kids, men and women who were committed to serving their country professionally it must be said, as officers. And, I didn’t see much excitement. But among the older people there, I saw, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn’t see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there, the president chose to address tonight. And I thought it was interesting. He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case.”

Seriously? The Commander in Chief, appearing at West Point to discuss an ongoing war, visited “the enemy camp”? Even for Matthews, this is ridiculous.

For that matter, Matthews “didn’t see much excitement” from the cadets. I was watching a feed of the speech that showed the president shaking hands after his remarks, and from what I could tell, cadets were very anxious to greet, shake hands with, and have their picture taken with the president. By all appearances, there was plenty of excitement about Obama from the cadets.

Of course, Matthews probably decided on his preferred narrative before the event even began, and wouldn’t let reality get in the way.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.