Ben Buchwalter

More Talk on Matthews for US Senate
October 22, 2008, 8:43 pm
Filed under: 2010 and 2012, Congress, Media | Tags: , ,

Today the NYTimes politics blog The Caucus picks up on the MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ widely rumored run for Senate in Pennsylvania in 2010. His contract with MSNBC ends in June of 2009, a perfect time to begin a Senate campaign for 2010. But Matthews’ ratings are higher than ever and the network is likely to jump at the chance of renewing his contract.


But Matthews, 62, has a history in and passion for politics. Before he joined as a host at MSNBC, he worked as a top aide for Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and as a speech writer for President Jimmy Carter. He even ran for the House of Representatives in PA in 1974 but lost in the Democratic primary. He has said multiple times that his lifelong dream has been to be a Senator. Click here for Matthews’ bio.


In an earlier post, I alluded to a report in Politico about Matthews’ potential Senate run. His probable opponant, 28-year Senator Arlen Specter (R), currently has a 59-29 approval rating according to Quinnipiac University. And Pennsylvania voters prefer Specter to Matthews 41-36 percent. But that is before Matthews has even announced his Senate bid, let alone started campaigning. Considering that, a five point lead for Specter could be easy for Matthews, an already well-known television personality, to overcome.


As you can tell from watching his show, Matthews is enormously passionate and he would be a Democrat not afraid to fight back against Republican BS. It would be fun to see him run a Senate campaign in the bellicose and no-nonsense “Hardball” fashion that has made his show so popular.

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