Dat­ing him­self

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.”

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