“Now no longer the center ring for the traveling Democratic presidential nomination circus, Pennsylvania’s inventive political community has discovered a new favorite political parlor game to while away the brisk springtime evenings: will Chris Matthews, the irrepressible host of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball,’ step down from his pundits perch to run for the U.S. Senate against Arlen Specter in 2010? To a remarkable degree, speculation abounds over this possibility in the Keystone State,” G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young write at www.realclearpolitics.com.
“The indications that Matthews will run are abundant. His MSNBC contract runs out next summer, and both he and the network show signs they might be ready for a break from each other. In addition, journalists are reporting that Matthews has been seeking advice privately from key Democrats across the state about his chances against Specter. Reportedly these contacts have included discussion with Governor Rendell concerning campaign resources,” the writers said.
“Publicly, Matthews has done little to disguise his interest in the race. Asked if he was running on a recent Colbert cable show, Matthews said this: ‘Did you ever want to be something your whole life [. . .] ? When you grow up, some kids want to be a fireman. I want to be a senator.’ ”