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Chris Matthews for Senate?


In this April 2, 2008 file photo, then Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., right, waves to the crowd with "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, left during MSNBC's Hardball College Tour at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pennsylvania was at the epicenter of the fight for the presidency in 2008 and, just one week after the Barack Obama's victory, the Keystone State is once again caught up in the political buzz with a new poll that tests "Hardball" host Chris Matthews' chances against Sen. Arlen Specter (R).

The poll -- conducted by Public Policy Polling -- showed Specter leading Matthews 40 percent to 27 percent in a hypothetical 2010 general election matchup. One-third of the sample said they didn't know which candidate they would vote for and the PPP pollsters clearly did little to push them off of their indecision.

(Worth noting: PPP conducts automated polls -- meaning that the respondents do not speak with a human being. Also worth noting: The Fix is a frequent guest on "Hardball" and is on friendly terms with Matthews.)

According to the memo released by PPP:

"There is good news and bad news for a possible Matthews candidacy within the numbers. [Thirty] percent of Democrats say they would support Specter if Matthews was the candidate. He would likely have difficulty winning if he didn't have his party more lined up behind him than that. At the same time 32% of Republicans say they're not sure who they would vote for in such a contest, an indication that his celebrity could make it possible for him to win some crossover support."

The PPP poll comes on the heels of an August survey by Quinnipiac University that showed Specter leading Matthews by a 41 percent to 36 percent margin.

Although Matthews has refused to speak publicly about the prospect of a Senate race, the comments he has made do seem to suggest it is something he interested in at least considering.

In a profile of Matthews written by the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, the "Hardball" host offered this when asked about a Senate bid: "I get a great feeling when I go home.Is Thomas Wolfe right? Can you go home again?"

Then in late July, following a speech in Gettysburg to a group of local leaders, Matthews sounded like a candidate in an interview with the Harrisburg Patriot-News: "We need leadership in this country to solve the problems of the mayors here, which are really the nation's problems," he said.

Finally, in an appearance on "Morning Joe" last week, Matthews said the following: "I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new Presidency work.....My job is to help this country."

Will Matthews run? It's hard to know. Matthews isn't talking and neither is the public relations department at NBC which offered no comment when asked about his potential candidacy.

And, it's still far from clear whether Specter will seek a sixth term. The senior Senator from Pennsylvania, who will be 80 on election day 2008, has endured a series of medical problems over his career -- the latest of which is the re-occurrence of Hodgkin's Disease.

Specter has said previously that he plans to run again in 2010 but with the prospects of a Republican majority anytime soon rather distant, there is speculation that he might reconsider that decision.

If Specter does decide to step aside, it's hard to imagine Matthews being able to clear out the Democratic field for himself. Rep. Alyson Schwartz has one (unsuccessful) Senate campaign -- back in 2000 -- under her belt and would take a very hard look at another bid.

That's a lot of "ifs". Here's one certainty: If Matthews does decide to run, this will be the marquee Senate race in the country in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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Go for it Chris! It looks like clear sailing for a self-important, mysogynistic, homophobic, patronizing seventies-style "liberal" gasbag.

You could regale the voters with stories about Tip O'Neill. And about how Obama's speeches make your legs quiver.

You should certainly have no problem running up huge margins with women and minorities.

It's your duty Chris.

Besides, maybe if you lose they wont give you your jobs back at NBC (oh happy day!) and even better, maybe Hillary could hire you as a fashion advisor.

Posted by: lithium451 | November 13, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we need an ignorant, corrupt piece of human vomit in the Senate who is incapable of listening to anyone else and who is transparently in love with himself. How incredibly refreshing.

Posted by: libertariana | November 12, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

If you want to keep your death a secret, have Chris Matthews give the eulogy. The man is incapable of shutting up and his favorite subject is Chris Matthews. He has the egocentric sensibilities of a four year old, except when the subject is women. Then he behaves like he's in 6th grade health class.

Add to that his constant need for outside validation, and whoever is willing to shmooze him the most is likely to get his vote.

One also needs to factor in the carnage that will ensue in the Capitol. Imagine the path of broken bodies between Matthews and television cameras.

Encourage him to stay on Hardball, and let's leave bad enough alone.

Posted by: DonnaMariaInChicago | November 12, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The seat's Specters as long as he's healthy and wants it. Many DEMS in PA have voted for Arlen more times than ANY OTHER POL IN THEIR LIFETIME!..The Casey for Governor story is interesting...Casey was a BIG winner in the '08 elections. Bob Casey established his bonefides in Southeastern PA (where he was smoked before by Rendell) by his early endorsement of the next President when everyone else went with Hillary...Forget about Rendell, Casey's a F.O.B (Friend of Barack) in the first degree. The guy played hoops with Barack on election day...He's a pro-life Dem and Moderates rule in PA. He'll have the Rendell party machine and the President's fund raising machine. That would be a lights-out combination!..The PA Governor's office is his if he wants it.

Posted by: TruthHurts2 | November 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

He will have to get his pants cleaned first before considering the senate. All that tingle made quite a mess!

Posted by: leapin | November 12, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes Chris Matthews... that's just what the Senate needs...more hot air blowing around in committee rooms and the chamber

Posted by: umdalum1 | November 12, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews for Senate?

Hardball Chris, don't you go nowhere. You amongst Rachael and Keith are the numero uno reason as to why I give MsNbc any airtime at all. I hate MsNbc and foxnews, but Chris, me amor u, comprende. So, stay with me always and much love too you!

CHRIS, CHRIS CHRIS, CHRIS, CHRIS, CHRIS, CHRIS!

Cheryl

Virginia

Posted by: Nisey01 | November 12, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is it assumed that Chris Matthews will run as a Democrat? He comes from a family of Republicans and liberal Republicans are not yet extinct, just endangered. Remember, his brother is a Republican County Commissioner, ran on the Republican Gubernatorial ticket in 2006 with Lynn Swann and may (hopefully) run for the top spot in 2008. Might we have two Matthews brothers running on opposite tickets?

Posted by: cbffsa1 | November 12, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD: I think he's a DINO!

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | November 12, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews for Senate?
Chris is no doubt a smooth dude,but think he is the right man just were he is. Don't move him, he's the only reason that I watch msnbc, other than for rachel and keith. Ratings would drop significantly if he was to leave the show. Stay there Chris and help keep the ratings up for the big brother protector of fox news, they are zero and nowhere without you. Last, but not least should you decide to run, I 'd back you all the way, because you are OK with me for SURE.

Posted by: Nisey01 | November 12, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Specter would easily beat Matthews, if Specter is still up to running in 2010. If not, the race is wide open on both sides. Look for Cong. Schwartz to make a move to thwart Matthews who would not get one Hillary voter. On the Rep. side, probably popular and well-known former US Attorney Meehen runs if Arlen can't. Meehen wants to be Gov., but that appears to be going to Atty. Gen. Corbett, who won an impressive victory for re-election last week.

The bigger story in PA in 2010, though, will be Sen. Bob Casey running for Governor. I hear the fix is already in that Casey runs for Gov (the job he always really wanted) with the "enthusiastic" support of Ed Rendell. Casey, if he wins, then gets to appoint his replacement for the final two years of his unexpired term. Guess who? Ed Rendell.

OK, I know I'm "Not Bitter in PA", but I sure will be bitter if this Casey/Rendell deal goes down.

Posted by: NotBitterinPA | November 12, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Chris, don't forget about Matthews' Colbert Report appears where he all but announced his candidacy.

"I want to be a Senator." - Matthews

Posted by: nat22784 | November 12, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

What about Rep. Patrick Murphy? Is there any danger in sacrificing his House seat were he to run? I like Chris Matthews. I think he has the potential to be one of the Party's best spokespersons. I do hope he at least runs in the Democratic Party. No one can say he doesn't know the issues, and is as informed as anyone. Whomever wins the Dem primary this looks like a good pickup opportunity with the recent Democratic-trending nature of the state, regardless of what Arlen Specter does. What are the chances Matthews can line up DSCC and state Party support behind his candidacy?

Posted by: jdunph1 | November 12, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If Specter runs this is a non-issue since he would wipe the floor with Matthews. However, if Specter retires Matthews could have a chance. He has huge name recognition and could raise the tons of money it would take to run a race in Penn.
The other question is who could the Repubs run? The well for GOP candidates in Pennsylvania is thin to say the least. In this case the question would be if Matthews could win the primary, which I think would be his biggest problem.

Posted by: AndyR3 | November 12, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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NOOO no one ever said during the campaign that Obama ever flirted with terrorists....


NOO not our precious Obama who can do no wrong in the eyes of the liberal media.

Hamas Claims Secret Relationship with Obama Aides

by Hana Levi Julian


(IsraelNN.com) Hamas is claiming close and ongoing ties with America's upcoming Obama Administration, according to a report published Tuesday in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. The relationship was kept under wraps until after the U.S. elections so as not to harm Obama’s election prospects. The U.S. has classified Hamas a terrorist organization.

The London-based publication interviewed Gaza-based political chief Ahmad Yousuf, advisor to Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas regime in Gaza, which seized power in a bloody coup d’etat in 2007. Yousuf declared that Hamas has been in regular contact with President-elect Barack Obama’s advisers for months.

"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza," the Hamas official was quoted as saying, "but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as that may have had a negative effect on his election campaign


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I think you guys are reading too much into his TV personality. I doubt he would be like his show persona any more than Al Franken would or Stephen Colbert would had he been elected President.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 12, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.

I say this as an ardent Democrat. Chris Matthews is a blowhard, first and foremost, and I really think that his natural habitat is cable TV, not the Senate. Please, for the love of all that is holy, this man should not run for Senator.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | November 12, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Has he thought about Headmaster at an all-male Jesuit Prep School?

Much more appropriate.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 12, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan of Chris Matthews--I regularly watch both of his shows. I think him intelligent, interesting, and knowledgeable. However, I'm not sure he'd make a great politician as he is not given to listening to others.

By contrast, admirers of Obama note his ability to listen as one of his most effective traits...Matthews might take a lesson here.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | November 12, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Man, all this time I thought Matthews was a Republican.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 12, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Chris,
Great job on Larry King last night.

Posted by: johnclay2 | November 12, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised you didn't examine the most obvious question: Is it ethical of Mr. Matthews to run? He has violated every journalistic ethic in the book by trashing Mr. Obama's opponents, particularly Sen. Clinton, and may have contributed in some measure to the victory of the Illinois senator. Besides, if he runs, doesn't his on-air actions amount to a campaign contribution to the Obama campaign? Is it not the worst form of nexus between media and politics? In fact, worse than what Fox News Channel does?

Posted by: suniladam1 | November 12, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Note that all the above posts for Chris Mathews: THEM's HIS GOOD POINTS!

EN

Posted by: enounou | November 12, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh please. You must be joking. Matthews is a complete lightweight, with serious mental issues, who has either a drug or drinking problem--he's often not even coherent.

What is wrong with you?

Posted by: drindl | November 12, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I would personally lead the charge AGAINST that blowhard.
Did matthews put you up to this Cillizza?
Talk about getting in bed together.

Posted by: citizonic | November 12, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What a great idea! I would love to go to PA and work for whomever runs against him.

Posted by: peterspaulding | November 12, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I watch Matthews' Hardball show on a fairly regular basis, as well as his weekend program with regular panel of media where he generally adopts a different style, and while I generally enjoy the programs, I must admit that at least on Hardball he clearly enjoys to hear himself talk and does talk over his guests at times.

Matthews seems to have knocked about the political spectrum throughout his life. He grew up in a conservative home (his brother is a Republican office-holder in Philadelphia's suburban Montgomery County), at some point became a Democrat and joined the Peace Corps and went to Journalism graduate school before winding up in the Carter White House as a speechwriter, then became the prominent Press Relations guy for Tip O'Neill in his later years as Speaker of the House.

Matthews clearly endorsed Bush in 2000 and seemed to support him throughout the first term before becoming a frequent critic of the Iraq War and a severe critic of the Bush Administration since the lack of response to Hurricane Katrina.

I would have no problem with him as the Democratic candidate in opposition to Specter, who I think needs to be replaced.

I think Matthews has been unfairly criticized by the Clinton supporters as much of what he said with regard to Senator Clinton's candidacy was in fact true. The right person got the Democratic nomination and is now the President-elect. Matthews long ago openly admitted his admiration for Obama. He's never tried to hide that.

The one objection I have to Matthews is that much like most of the press he often seems to enjoy the extremely partisan members of both parties a bit too much because conflict of extremes provides good media story lines, whereas covering moderates who are trying to put the national interest ahead of parochial interests or ideological interests seems to bore the media.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 12, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Re all the above posts on Chris Mathews, remember: THEMS HIS GOOD POINTS!

Posted by: enounou | November 12, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Tell your friend, Matthews, that he can't come home again. Matthews was a Bush toady for the last eight years. This Pennsylvania Democrat has not forgotten Matthews gushing over the sight of Bush in a flight suit, and it would take Santorum as his opponent, to get me to vote for him.

Posted by: hihomoron | November 12, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

You can't win without the female vote and Matthews is loathed by just about every American female.

Matthews as Senator is laughable really.

Narcissism personified.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 12, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

ALYSON: HER AIM IS TRUE

Alyson Schwartz is a brilliant, respected lawmaker with years of legislative experience.

If Matthews is really interested in helping Pennsylvanians and not just himself, he should consider supporting her for the seat.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 12, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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NOOO no one ever said during the campaign that Obama ever flirted with terrorists....


NOO not our precious Obama who can do no wrong in the eyes of the liberal media.

Hamas Claims Secret Relationship with Obama Aides

by Hana Levi Julian


(IsraelNN.com) Hamas is claiming close and ongoing ties with America's upcoming Obama Administration, according to a report published Tuesday in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. The relationship was kept under wraps until after the U.S. elections so as not to harm Obama’s election prospects. The U.S. has classified Hamas a terrorist organization.

The London-based publication interviewed Gaza-based political chief Ahmad Yousuf, advisor to Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas regime in Gaza, which seized power in a bloody coup d’etat in 2007. Yousuf declared that Hamas has been in regular contact with President-elect Barack Obama’s advisers for months.

"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza," the Hamas official was quoted as saying, "but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as that may have had a negative effect on his election campaign


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Ok a comedian in the senate is not such a bad idea...but a tv media personality?...no thanks...I don't care if he's left of Mao Tse Tung, I still don't want him representing my party. Please stop trying to turn personalities into politicians, I'd prefer professionals for a change after the 16 yr amateur hour with the GOP.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | November 12, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

Chris Matthews promoted and voted for Bush while denigrating Gore. Matthews is no Democrat. He helped bring us the Bush nightmare.

Matthews is trying to claim he was some anti-war voice. He was not. He raised no questions in the run up to the war. In fact he got all verklempt and emotional at the site of Bush and his war act.

Matthews is immature an superficial. He makes fun of the clothes, hair, looks of people like a 7th grader. A 7th grade bully or more closely a 7th grade female bully.

Matthews new act is to pretend to be all post racial and tolerant. The same guy who sat around with Imus and yukked it up with Imus' sidekick.

Matthews is not smart. He seems to have memorized a couple of biographies and books of quotations from famous people in order to appear smart, like a political idiot savant. He has no depth.

He is a blatant misogynist. His treatment of Hillary is a disgrace. He led the MSNBC gang up and trashing of HRC.

He is crude, loud, coarse. He should be hanging in the corner bar giving his opinions, not the national media.

Posted by: ophelia3 | November 12, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

As a Democrat, I'd happily vote for Specter over Matthews.

Posted by: wmw4 | November 12, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

A big resounding NO on that one. Matthews and all the rest could not/would not tell the truth about McCain and Palin during the election. They allowed the Republicans to control any debate or discussion. It was a joke to turn on any evening news or commentary program - including Hardball, and not have to listen to the daily Republican talking points.

Posted by: Charming1 | November 12, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

the man loves ceremony and tradition, not to mention Pennsylvania, which would make him a good fit for the senate. despite what he does on hardball, he can show remarkable restraint when he's appearing on other people's shows. in addition, his show engages moderate republicans (michelle bernard, michael smerconish) and even far right ones--pat buchanan (!).

i think matthews is seriously considering it since when buchanan called chris a "man of the left" on one show recently, matthews clearly was trying to downplay those casual references. they'll come back to bite as an attack ad in an election.

it seems like it would be tough, but if al franken can play ball, so can chris matthews. in fact, he can play "hardball" (sorry, i couldn't resist).

Posted by: plathman | November 12, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

If the Democrats need a Senator who can run point on a filibuster, Matthews would be perfect. The guy never shuts up, and talks over people he's supposedly interviewing. I wish MSNBC had a cloture rule.

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | November 12, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews has all the emotional maturity of a six-year-old. He should fit very comfortably in the Senate.

Posted by: nicekid | November 12, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

ugh. as one of the leading contributors to the debasement of political discourse and an extremely grotestque obsession with clinton pantie-sniffing -- i don't think so.

Posted by: mycomment | November 12, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to imagine Chris Matthews gracefully ending a speech on the Senate floor in compliance with the rules of order. Nope, I can't imagine that.

Posted by: maxfli68 | November 12, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Ughhhhhh.........anyone but that sexist a-hole! He's disgusting!!

Him and Olbermann should be chemically castrated.

Posted by: ladyesq1 | November 12, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews would actually have to moderate his views in order to run statewide in the fall election HA HA HA HA HA HAAA HAAAAAAAAAA.


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy Matthews, he's one of my favorite talking heads in the evening. I love his "give them enough rope" approach. I think he probably does more for our country as our hardball anchor than he could do in the senate.

Posted by: robind_nc | November 12, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse


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NOOO no one ever said during the campaign that Obama ever flirted with terrorists....


NOO not our precious Obama who can do no wrong in the eyes of the liberal media.


Hamas Claims Secret Relationship with Obama Aides

by Hana Levi Julian


(IsraelNN.com) Hamas is claiming close and ongoing ties with America's upcoming Obama Administration, according to a report published Tuesday in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. The relationship was kept under wraps until after the U.S. elections so as not to harm Obama’s election prospects. The U.S. has classified Hamas a terrorist organization.

The London-based publication interviewed Gaza-based political chief Ahmad Yousuf, advisor to Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas regime in Gaza, which seized power in a bloody coup d’etat in 2007. Yousuf declared that Hamas has been in regular contact with President-elect Barack Obama’s advisers for months.

"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza," the Hamas official was quoted as saying, "but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as that may have had a negative effect on his election campaign

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 12, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Matthews, please run!

It would be great to get you off the airwaves and make you only 1 of 100!

Posted by: furtdw | November 12, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

A Specter-Matthews election would be the only possible one in my remaining life in which I would actually back the Republican. Specter is part of that endangered species, a moderate Republican, who is really concerned about the Constitution and the rule of law, although he has caved-in to the Bush depradations more than once. Matthews is a "celebrity," pure and simple and that's it. He has villified and attacked Democrats over pure lunacy many times (remember Hillary Clinton's "Chinese" clapping and John Kerry looking "French, not to mention the lies he helped spread about Al Gore?). Matthews belongs only to the Chris Matthews Party. People of Pennsylvania, please don't send this guy to the Senate.

Posted by: ejs2 | November 12, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

So it would be a three way race between Republican Specter, independent Matthews and an unnamed Democrat?

Given Matthews man-love for Bush, he is just another Lieberman.

Posted by: nrudy | November 12, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Just what the Senate needs: another foot in the mouth, blowhard to provide "leadership"....ughhh. This guy is a mess. His performance during the primaries and election season was a disgrace.

Posted by: dbunkr | November 12, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

If Specter retires, the PA D who runs for the Senate will be in a crowded field. I like Cong. Sestak. Rendell would be formidable. Matthews? An afterthought, I would guess.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 12, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I would love to see that jerk run and let the media rip him and his family apart the way that he has to any conservative who dare run for office. I'd love to see him publicly humiliated and sent home with a landslide defeat.

Posted by: bobmoses | November 12, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

I am a left, left, left, left, left Dem. but I do not watch MSNBC because it has become our version of Fox- reporting bias to people who already believe it.
Chris Matthews is not nearly as bad as the egocentric sportscaster (his training) that Olberman is-in this department- yelling down opponents and creating rather than reporting news- but Chris is very mysogynist- see ridiculous statements re: HRC as a good example and often comes across as thought disordered--random statements regardless of appropriateness or flow within the conversation are common (the Fred Thompson old spice comments come to mind)-

We can find people 1000x better to unseat Specter.

Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | November 12, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm. Not sure about this. Matthews is part of the abrasive, shout-instead-of-speak news heads that will probably fall out of favor quickly. He would probably need to give up his spot on MSNBC (especially if, as expected, the FCC's Fairness Doctrine returns with teeth.)

I'd also be frightened to think that this move could encourage people like Hannity to run.

That aside, there's probably a number of PA Democrats currently in office who'd like to get involved in this race, particularly if Specter is looking vulnerable

Posted by: RickJ | November 12, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

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