“Hardball” host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day’s top political headlines.
Obama takes on Hillary, Vitter takes on Craig
Barack Obama has just started to call Hillary’s bluff. She brags about her experience. He says it’s not about “living” in the White House. It’s about serving in “elected” positions. Obama also says, “I’ve been in elected office longer than John Edwards or Hillary Clinton…. I’ve passed more bills, I’m sure, than either of them.”
Hillary refuted his claim saying, “Barack’s problem, obviously, is that his claim to all this ‘experience’ undermines his louder claim to being the ‘new kid on the block’ - the young fellow un-scathed by all the slime in the political world.”
Obama and Clinton aren’t the only politicians taking harsh digs at one another. David Vitter, who got caught with a prostitute, spoke out against Sen. Larry Craig’s resignation woes. Vitter denies there’s a double standard that lets him stay in the senate while Craig gets the bum’s rush for seeking sex with a male undercover detective. He says anybody who says there’s a double standard is just being “partisan,” whatever that means.
Also on the Larry Craig front, some of his backers are now calling for a boycott of the Minneapolis airport. They want to “punish” the airport for “ambushing” their fellow. To paraphrase Larry, “that naughty, nasty airport.”