• "Hardball with Chris Matthews" Soon to Have Less Chris Matthews?

    Chris Matthews is supposedly considering stepping down as host of MSDNC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" (they might want to consider changing the name) in preparation for a possible attempt to steal Republican Arlen Specter's Pennsylvania senate seat

    As speculation surrounding his potential candidacy heats up, Matthews has also been asking advisers whether to step down from his MSNBC post well before his contract expires in June. At one recent meeting, he was advised that if he truly intends to run, he should resign from the network as soon as possible…

    If Matthews is serious about running, some within the network hope he commits to the Pennsylvania Senate race sooner rather than later. Otherwise, his nightly presence on "Hardball" provides easy fodder to critics fueling the narrative that MSNBC is in the tank for the Democratic party.

    If Matthews does step down, this could provide MSNBC with the opportunity to start hiring some less liberal-fundamentalist personalities who aren't quite so obviously cheerleading for the Democratic Party. And I don't think they'd really have a hard time finding some.

    For example, I hear Howard Dean will be looking for work soon.

    Tags: Arlen Specter, Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Pennsylvania, Senate


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