Saturday, December 6

OUTLYING PRECINCTS

Politico - Chris Matthews is dead serious about running for the Senate in Pennsylvania - and is shopping for a house in the state and privately discussing quitting MSNBC as proof of his intense interest, according to NBC colleagues, political operatives and friends. Even so, some NBC insiders think it's all simply a negotiating ploy to jack up his contract. . . Over Thanksgiving weekend, at his vacation house in Nantucket, Matthews' family members gave him their full backing. As speculation surrounding his potential candidacy heats up, Matthews has also been asking advisers whether to step down from his MSNBC post well before his contract expires in June. At one recent meeting, he was advised that if he truly intends to run, he should resign from the network as soon as possible.

David Sirota, Open Left -
Having grown up outside of Philadelphia, I just want to say I really hope Chris Matthews runs for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, and is humiliatingly obliterated in a Democratic primary (preferably by a good progressive like, for instance, former Rep. Joe Hoeffel). The sense of entitlement that this blowhard personifies is truly stunning. He's spent his entire life as a principle-free political gossip in Washington - a human embodiment of all that is sick and wrong with Beltway culture. And yet, he really thinks he can just parachute into one of the largest states in the country, buy a mansion in Philadelphia and be a senator on sheer celebrity alone. Maybe he can - maybe politics is now so devoid of meaning that this is just the way it is. But I really hope not.

Political Wire - A new Rasmussen survey shows Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) "is potentially vulnerable" in his 2010 bid for re-election. In a much-rumored match up, Specter leads talk show Chris Matthews (D) by just three points, 46% to 43%.

Politico -
A close John McCain ally charged that Barack Obama had followed Richard Nixon's 1972 path to victory - drowning his opponent with cash - and asserted Obama was never held to account for breaking a promise to participate in a system that would have limited his campaign's historic spending. "If the roles were reversed and it was the Republican Party nominee who had decided to walk away from the system and spend hundreds of millions of dollars more than the Democratic nominee - having a very direct effect on the election - I do not think it would have been taken with as much equanimity by the press and the powers that be as has been the case this year," said Trevor Potter, a McCain confidant who served as the top lawyer to the Republican presidential candidate's campaign.


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