PA-Sen: No Run For Matthews?
by Todd Beeton, Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 09:24:39 AM EST
Arlen Specter is one of my top targets for 2010 and so while I'm skeptical of Chris Matthews's politics, I've been enthusiastic about his possible entrance into this Senate race only to the extent that he may represent the best opportunity to knock another moderate who's enabled the Bush agenda out of Congress. This idea that Matthews is the best chance to oust Specter is questionable, of course, based on early polls, which are likely more reflective of name recognition and Pennsylvania's ambivalence toward Specter than anything else but it's beginning to look as though we may never have the chance to find out.
Eric Kleefeld breaks it down:
NBC News chief Steve Capus said Matthews isn't running: "Well, look, if he were running for office, he wouldn't be on TV."
Meanwhile, MSNBC president Phil Griffin cast doubt on the idea, too. "I've talked to Chris. I think he's going to be here for a long time," Griffin said. "I want him to be here for a long time."
Could it be that Matthews has been floating the idea of a possible Senate run as a bargaining tool with NBC? This speculation is after all coinciding with contract talks but now that NBC has presented Matthews with an offer and given him through the holidays to consider it, they seem to be trying to shoot down the idea of a run before Matthews himself does.
With MSNBC ascendant, it would be surprising to see Matthews run for the seat, time to figure out who our best best against Specter would be...