That was Chris Matthews delivering the recent commencement address to graduates of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., saying, “I’m not dumb enough to try” to predict who will win the 2008 presidential election.
However, the host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” spoke highly of all three leading presidential contenders, calling Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton “one of the gutsiest politicians I have ever seen.”
“Life is different than school,” Mr. Matthews concluded. “Here’s my big advice, and it comes from experience. It comes down to a single word — a single action word — ‘ask.’ A-S-K, exclamation point.
“If you want something, you’ve got to go out and ask for it,” he explained. “It’s about getting where you want to get [. . .] It’s sort of like dating. Isn’t it? You ‘hook up’ now, right? Nobody dates anymore.”