Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Doorknob spare me Sen. Chris Matthews

But, “Tweety” is apparently serious about challenging Arlen Specter in two years.

When Hardball's Chris Matthews appeared recently on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert asked him, “There's a lot of talk that you might be running for Arlen Specter’s seat in Pennsylvania. Any truth to that?”

Matthews seemed bemused at first, asking, “A six year term? Representing all the people of Pennsylvania?” However, he was soon admitting to Colbert, “Well, you know when you grow up, some kids want to be a fireman? I wanted to be a senator.”

“That’s an announcement,” Colbert declared to cheers from the audience.

According to a recent posting at the website of longtime Republican operative Roger Stone, “MSNBC TV star Chris Matthews has been quietly sounding out Democrats across Pennsylvania about seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose Senator Arlen Specter. ... Matthews has been meeting with former Philadelphia City Comptroller Tommy Leonard and has approached Governor Ed Rendell to inquire about recruiting campaign personnel.”

First, surely Keystone State Democrats can find a better candidate this side of Ed Rendell.

Second, could you imagine Sen. Matthews being interviewed by Tim Russert? We’d have to declare a nationwide smog alert.