Chris Matthews, soon to be “MAD” Senator from Pennsylvania?
Yes, hanging tenaciously onto the the long coattails of President-elect Barack Obama, MSNBC’s star television political reporter, Chris “Thrill Up His Leg” Matthews, plans to take over Senator Arlen Specter’s seat in Pennsylvania. Does Chris Matthews actually live in Pennsylvania, or does that matter anymore? Do Pennsylvania’s voters have any say in the matter, or does that matter anymore? Probably not it seems, when the Messiah is on your side. Chris Matthews, along with Minister Lewis Farrakhan, described their man Barack Obama as “The Messiah” during the presidential campaign.
He frequently commented favorably about Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. On February 12, 2008, on MSNBC, he said: “The feeling most people get when they hear an Obama speech…I felt this thrill running up my leg.” He also said, “Obama comes around, and this is the new testament.” On November 6, 2008, after the election, he stated on the MSNBC television program “Morning Joe,” that “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work…this new Presidency work.” When asked whether that was his job as a journalist, he stated “Yeah, that’s my job.”
On the April 14, 2008, edition of The Colbert Report, Matthews alluded to a possible run for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania. When directly questioned by Stephen Colbert about his intentions, he stated that there is a difference between celebrities and those who work for the people, and it’s a greater thing to work for the people. He also said that his boyhood dream was to be a senator. Four days later, on April 18, 2008, Matthews told Bill Maher that he has “made a commitment to covering politics, starting in 1987, and [he is] honoring that commitment, not getting involved in it.” The seat in question would be the one held by Sen. Arlen Specter, whose current term in the Senate ends in 2010. On November 28th, 2008, Fivethirtyeight.com and The Politico reported that Matthews has been in contact with senior staffers of Obama’s campaign about a possible run. (Wikipedia, 6 December 2008)