Chris Matthews for Senate?
At least two statewide Pennsylvania polls have shown that “Hardball” host Chris Matthews would be a serious contender if he chose to challenge Arlen Specter for the Senate in 2010 and Matthews has indicated that he has at least some interest in running, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza reports.
Matthews would be an interesting candidate. His “Hardball” personality is annoying and frenetic for my tastes but he’s a much more likable fellow in his eponymous Sunday morning show. Clearly, the media is a viable route to higher office, with comedian and minor talk show host Al Franken still in a recount battle with incumbent Norm Coleman for that seat representing Minnesota in the Senate.
There’s a real question, too, as to whether Specter will be up for yet another term. In addition to having some serious health problems, being in the minority for the foreseeable future — after having held important committee chairmanships — can’t be all that much fun.