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I can barely stand to watch Hardball with Chris Matthews, but I've really grown to like the guy.

My jaw almost hit the floor when I saw this last night. He pretty much hit it on the head. It was some of the most honest talk about race, and its role in this election, that I've ever seen on television.

Posted by kerri harrop | October 30, 2008 11:03 AM

Tweety done good this time.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 30, 2008 11:17 AM

Yeah, Chris Matthews is an odd duck. Didn't he write a whole book saying the secret to a good life was to be a total douche?

Yet sometimes he gropes his way to the truth and spits it out for all to see. And there you are, seeing this big, huge ugly truth lying there on the floor in front of everyone and looking at the man that just spat it out. "Did that come out of him?" you ask. It did! *glorp!* That's the sound of the unlooked-for truth boiling up out of the black maw of Chris Matthews. Whodathunkit? Not me, that's for sure.

Posted by elenchos | October 30, 2008 11:19 AM

I think he's blinking back tears at about 4:00.

Posted by DOUG. | October 30, 2008 11:29 AM

i have to say that the line up right now on msnbc with olberman and maddow is fucking awesome.

Posted by um | October 30, 2008 11:43 AM

I keep having detailed and lengthy fantasies about being in a sandwich with Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, but they never, ever involved Chris Matthews.

Maybe it's because of my liberal sensibilities, but I was pretty appalled at how he handled this topic. Tactful, he is not.

Posted by TVDinner | October 30, 2008 11:48 AM

Don't forget that Rachel Maddow is interviewing Barack Obama tonight at 6pm on MSNBC.

Posted by elswinger | October 30, 2008 11:54 AM

I think a lot of people saw his anti-Hillary bias as an anti-left bias. Also playing off Olbermann he often has to take up the right of centre position in order to facilitate a discussion.

He has really been strong lately with Michelle Bachmann the most recent example of calling a right wing tool on their bull. Unfortunately there is a risk involved if he goes to the left too aften - he won't get these fools on as guests.

But there does seem to be a rise in journalism all around. CNN (Campbell Brown) was just on Stewart plugging a 'tougher, non-partisan' show. Katie Couric seems to have found her voice too - hopefully they use her more in a 60 minutes type role and phase out the 'neutral newsreader' role. I just hope the ratings support this kind of reporting.

Posted by DavidC | October 30, 2008 12:03 PM

As much of a blathering idiot Chris Matthews is sometimes he pretty much pegs his white, middle-aged male demographic and brings their discourse up a notch.

Posted by Andy | October 30, 2008 12:09 PM

Matthews is a white-Irish Catholic Democrat who just happened to hate the Clintons on a personal level (at least that's my impression). I am not 100% sure but I believe Matthews was on Obama's band wagon early on.

I don't care if Obama wins because of "White Guilt", just as long as he gets elected.

Posted by elswinger | October 30, 2008 12:18 PM

I found this so refreshing last night. Thank you Chris Matthews!

Posted by T-Bone | October 30, 2008 2:30 PM

I may not always agree with Chris Matthews, but I love to hear what the guy has to say. Actually, I find him more stimulating and incisive than Olbermann. And this is coming from an Olbermann fan.

And for those of you who don't get Matthews and think he's a schmuck--well, I agree he's a schmuck, but keep in mind, he's a Philly guy.

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