Ben Buchwalter


Matthews to Leave MSNBC?
December 4, 2008, 2:58 pm
Filed under: 2010 and 2012 | Tags: , ,

MSNBC suggested yesterday that Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, should resign from the show if he intends to run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania to out seat Republican Arlen Specter, as rumors suggest that he will.

Matthews recently denied his interest in the Senate seat after it was reported that he spoke to officials from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party about strategy.

His celebrity could be a plus or a minus. It would benefit him because he has much more pre-election exposure to voters than an unknown or local leader would. But it could, as former Democratic Congressman Joe Hoeffel suggested, make him seem “out of touch with the state.”

Either way, it would be a tough fight for Matthews. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, he trails Specter by 12 points. But that is before he has even announced his candidacy, and 60% of likely voters said that they did not have enough information to make a firm choice. And a brand new Ramussen poll shows Matthews behind by only three points. And Kleefeld says that most of the undecideds in this poll would likely “end up breaking to Matthews as the Dem nominee.”

Matthews’ most difficult obstacle might come in the Democratic Primary. Other potential candidates to challenge Specter are Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Rep. Josh Shapiro, both from Montgomery County, and Rep. Joe Sestak, from Delaware County.

If Matthews emerges from the primary the victor, then I think he would be an exciting and charged candidate to take on Arlen Specter. So stay tuned to see whether he resigns, or if this is simply a bargaining tool to get a better contract from MSNBC when his contract expires next June.

Here’s David Sirota of OpenLeft on why Chris Matthews would be an awful addition to the U.S. Senate.

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