The first segment featured the late presidential hopeful Howard Dean and Republican Representative David Dreier talking with Chris about Bush's Germany and Korea troop withdrawals and Kerry's response thereto.
KERRY (via clip): "this hastily announced plan"
DEAN: "hastily conceived
DREIER: And you let him get by with his opening statement, which
was just absolutely outrageous.
MATTHEWS: OK, what did I let him get by
DREIER: You know what he said? He described what you just went
through as a “hastily drawn” plan.
... Rumsfeld ... talked about Western Europe and Asia...the Korean peninsula.
And that was something that was in the works long, long ago. And you let Howard
Dean get off with his opening statement by describing this, and you know it
wasn‘t a hastily drawn-up plan.
MATTHEWS: It is—it is—and I do give you
leeway in that regard because it is a political season. I give people the right
to any adjective they want to anything they want to talk about.
Yes, well, but let me—that was an adverb, by the way, not an adjective. But
MATTHEWS: Hastily drawn?
DREIER: Hastily. Hastily.
MATTHEWS: It wasn‘t a gerund?
DREIER: Yes. Exactly.
Hastily announced, hastily conceived, and hastily drawn are verb phrases used to modify the noun "plan". A gerund is a verb converted to a noun (ending in -ing like singing, speeding, traveling etc.).
Dreier's grammatical criticism is technically correct (hastily is an adverb modifying the verbs announced, conceived, and drawn) but the phrases themselves modify a noun so pointing out that hastily is an adverb is being a bit pedantic.
But that sort of thing is my second favorite sin too (after Sloth) and I like to see it done on TV on a back-and-forth show like Hardball with a bullying host.
Matthews' "gerund" question is a common rhetorical gimmick in modern discourse where the speaker deliberately suggests a word that neither he nor the audience is supposed to know so that they can bond in their collective ignorance.