Apocalypse now: Arlen Specter leads by five over … Chris Matthews

posted at 3:08 pm on August 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

Coming soon: A filibuster-proof Senate majority led by Stuart Smalley and a guy known to refer to Hillary Clinton as “the Al Sharpton of white people.” Wonderful.

55 percent say they don’t know enough to form an opinion, which is amazing given that (a) it means the race is close based on almost nothing more than party identification even though Specter’s approval rating is a healthy 55/26, and (b) in light of Hardball’s ratings, you’d think the number unfamiliar with him would be closer to, oh, 98 percent.

I’m all for the idea of him running, incidentally. We’ll be deep enough in the hole by 2010 that losing another Senate seat won’t matter and it’ll be nice to see a man squirm who once defended his amnesty vote by noting that the people at his gym thought it was a swell idea. Besides, there’ll be no more entertaining campaigner than Matthews — a new gaffe at every stop as his mind races to keep up with his mouth, a new “Hardball” lowlight reel issued by the NRSC every week as they sift through and stitch together years of bon mots. He’ll lose by 15 points but every minute will have been worth it. There’s almost no other media figure I’d rather see run, in fact. Emphasis: Almost.


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Here’s a campaign slogan for dipstick:

Matthews: Feel that tingle?

MadisonConservative on August 5, 2008 at 3:10 PM

MadisonConservative on August 5, 2008 at 3:10 PM

You know the only reason he is running is to be near his lover!

Feel the Jingle?!

upinak on August 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Huh. Who would have thought that Pissy Chrissy “thrill up my leg” Matthews would be favored by 3 to 1 margin among African Americans? Huh.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Matthews ’10
“Because you think you sorta recognize that guy!”

emailnuevo on August 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

We’ll be deep enough in the hole by 2010 that losing another Senate seat won’t matter

Can republicans drill their way out of this?

lorien1973 on August 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Matthews: Because the Cole was bombed while Dubya was in office…right?

MadisonConservative on August 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Can republicans drill their way out of this?

lorien1973 on August 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

sledge hammer.

upinak on August 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Hehe, I doubt Matthews would pull 36% after a campaign. The 36% for Matthews in this poll are the die-hard Democrats, many of which probably wouldn’t turn out if Matthews actually went through with it. What do I know, though, isn’t Al Franken doing pretty well in the polls? Man… We don’t only need a new Congress, we need a new media and a new electorate.

Seixon on August 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Oh God help us if this tingle-prone jerk is in the Senate.

jencab on August 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

So, if the Prophet Barack loses the race and goes back to the Senate (Please!), does this means Matthews will “feel the thrill” in every Senate debate?

Eww.

irishspy on August 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

the GOP brand was allowed to have horrible things attached to it by the media, dems and GOP not being able to fight back(or unwilling)…this is the fruits of it.

jp on August 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Yes, Chris Matthews should run.

There’d be loads of sticky clothes for cleaners to make money off of, and wet ones too, from our laughter.

Entelechy on August 5, 2008 at 3:23 PM

“From Hardball to Screwball! My run for the Senate!”

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on August 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

A couple of thoughts.

Will Matthews quit being a “journalist?”

Isn’t Arlen in the middle of yet another cancer reoccurance?

The Keystone State deserve better than either of these two clowns.

EJDolbow on August 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Entelechy on August 5, 2008 at 3:23 PM

The male Monica L.?

upinak on August 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Matthews: Because his flirting with guests makes you look like Rudolph Valentino

MadisonConservative on August 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Yeah, his brother Jim Matthews is a Republican.

rightwingprof on August 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Was it Cris Tingle who was the MSM tool that said if Gore had been President when the USS Cole was bombed, instead of GWB, there would have been an effective response? I still haven’t been able to convince my idiot neighbor that GWB wasn’t the Pres, because he thinks the new term started in January 2000! He blames GWB for the stockmarket crash of Fall 2000, too.

drunyan8315 on August 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Arlen Specter should retire. Whoever else ran could probably win by just running commercials of Matthews running his mouth.

CP on August 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Matthews: Would YOU duel Zell Miller?

Didn’t think so.

MadisonConservative on August 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Specter’ll hold that seat until he retires or passes away, as long as he can campaign, he’ll hold it.

doubleplusundead on August 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Will Matthews quit being a “journalist?
EJDolbow on August 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

That’s one of those “Have-you-quit-beating-your-wife” questions, ain’t it?

Akzed on August 5, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Good lord, Specter is 78. Maybe a Republican should run for that seat.

raybury on August 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

I’m all for the idea of him running, incidentally. We’ll be deep enough in the hole by 2010 that losing another Senate seat won’t matter…

What a pessimist!

There’s no way on Earth McCain loses this November. And the Congressional Dems aren’t doing so swimmingly. By 2010, the GOP will control Congress again.

Gotta be an optimist.

JetBoy on August 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

We really ARE that stupid, aren’t we? Oye.

robblefarian on August 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

this is great news. it means there’s a high likelihood that mr mathews will resign from msnbc after the election. i can’t wait for rachel maddow to take his spot in that electifying lineup at. yawn.

DrW on August 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

You’re kidding, AP. Wouldn’t you rather see Olbermann run, than Matthews or Springer?

Dusty on August 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Good lord, Specter is 78. Maybe a Republican A Conservative should run for that seat.

raybury on August 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

FIFY.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

We really ARE that stupid, aren’t we? Oye.

robblefarian on August 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Not we. Dem.

fogw on August 5, 2008 at 3:49 PM

The real question: Who are the 16% Rep. that said they would vote for Matthews?

Vigilante on August 5, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Spector voted for Amnesty. He needs to go.

Matthews is a complete moron that must have fallen on his head when he was younger. He is a guy that needs a good ass whipping.

saiga on August 5, 2008 at 4:04 PM

You’re kidding, AP. Wouldn’t you rather see Olbermann run, than Matthews or Springer?

Dusty on August 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

What the hell…..The wheels have come off this year so a few more numbskull elected will only hasten the day when the real usefull lawmakers filter back in.

saiga on August 5, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Play the clip that was on the McCain media ad:

Chris Matthews on “Morning Joe” getting ready to say something about Obama and biting his lower lip – “I think he’s going to cry!”, laughs Scarborough.

The guy is ridiculous and I don’t think really liked by either side. Like I said before, he and Scott McClellan probably have to call each other for companionship in DC.

Marcus on August 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

HHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

freevillage on August 5, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Good lord, Specter is 78. Maybe a Republican should run for that seat. raybury on August 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Yeah it’s about time a Republican held that seat.

Akzed on August 5, 2008 at 4:23 PM

The “Don’t Know”s were probably people who don’t know (or don’t believe) Specter is a Republican…

Yogurt on August 5, 2008 at 4:29 PM

OMG And I was embarrassed by Spector! Give me a break!

MAthew’s winning a senate seat in PA is reason to be bitter! ugh

becki51758 on August 5, 2008 at 4:31 PM

There’s almost no other media figure I’d rather see run, in fact. Emphasis: Almost.

I thought it was going to be Geraldo.

Esthier on August 5, 2008 at 5:06 PM

I realize I’ve asked this in vain a time or two before, but here goes again: shouldn’t major network commentators (at least those not specifically labeled ala Hannity & Colmes or Crossfire) at least sort of PRETEND to be non-partisan and objective?

Of course we all know they’re not. But don’t they have to at least pretend? How the hell does MSNBC’s major talking head float the idea of running for a Democratic slot … and then be taken seriously during interviews (or God forbid as a debate moderator)?

Please to explain. Me no understand.

Professor Blather on August 5, 2008 at 5:20 PM

I’m missing Rick Santorum…

LaMonte on August 5, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Matthews ’08: Anything to Get Closer To Obama!

Franken isn’t getting anywhere near Capitol Hill without a visitor pass, by the way.

SuperCool on August 5, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Arlen Matthews…what’s the difference?

saved on August 5, 2008 at 7:22 PM