Par­lor game

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“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.’ ”

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