“HARDBALL WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS” HITS THE COLLEGE CIRCUIT FOR A CLOSER LOOK A KEY SENATE RACES IN KENTUCKY, ILLINOIS, AND PENNSYLVANIA
msnbc's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" hits the college circuit once again, as the "Hardball Senate Tour" takes a closer look at the senate races in Kentucky, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. With two weeks left until the mid-term elections, Matthews will interview candidates in three of the most hotly contested races about the economy, jobs, and key local issues.
Let me finish tonight by addressing the challenge Bob Schieffer of CBS News issued to the White House this Sunday:
"Is that the best you can do?
Bob was challenging David Axelrod on the White House charge that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was using money it raises from overseas to finance Republican political campaigns.
So why "is" it so darned important to the average voter out there that multi-national corporations, some of them based outside the U.S., have their fingers in this election?
How about this? It's the central economic issue of our times.
Somebody just wrote that Barack Obama is getting his economic policies from his dead African father.The old man was against colonialism. This is why, the author writes, the president acted with President Bush to save the countries financial institutions, why he did the same with the country's auto industry, why he decided to have his health care program carried out by "private" insurance companies but why he doesn't wants the very top income brackets to not get all their tax breaks extended.It's because he's "anti-colonial," this guy writes. read more
Let me finish tonight with President Obama and what he's done.
I say the following because no one else, including the president, has.
It is the hard structure of reality that in the current cacophony so often is overlooked.
This president came into office facing the worst economic outlook since the 1930s. He took action, bold action, the action prescribed by the best economic minds - following the best thinking there is in economics "since" the 1930s.
Let me finish tonight with this story out there about Hillary Clinton for vice president.
The way to look at this is "politically."
If Hillary Clinton wants to be president in an active sense - meaning she wants to make the right moves to get there, "all" the right moves - a number of options apply.
Let me finish tonight with a thought we heard tonight from former President Clinton.
It's about the election coming up. It's about the effort by the Republican opposition to make this an up or down election on the economy. If you don't like the current state of the economy, it says again and again, vote against the Democrats.
Bill Clinton says an intelligent citizen would look at the balloting with more discernment. He or she would decide which party, which candidates, have the best idea and track record on how to eventually get the economy improved. Isn't that the sane way to vote?
Let me finish tonight with some numbers.
Bill Clinton now has a 53 percent approval from political independents in the U.S. A 16 percent disapproval.
16 percent disapproval from Independents - this for a Democrat at a time the party is under hard assault.
There are reasons for this: Clinton is out of the line of fire, for one.
He's a reminder if a better economic time, for an important other.
Let me finish tonight with what President Clinton started with this morning. Actually let me be tougher than him. Let me put it on the line, straight from the shoulder.
First of all, get on the same page as the voter.
That was the big chunk of advice President Clinton gave his Democratic successor today, start feeling some that pain the people are feeling.
Voters are getting killed out there. People who've worked for decades have been laid off.
Let me finish with the fact that today, September 22, is the anniversary - now just one year shy of a half-century - of Congress approving the US Peace Corps.
Ask anyone who's volunteered and they'll tell you it was the opportunity of their life - the moment they broke out of their world - into a larger one, when they came face to face - on the other side of the globe - with a very different human experience.
Let me finish tonight with a thought about the challenge facing the Republican Party. That challenge is Sarah Palin. There is no doubt in the world that she leads a powerful political movement in this country or that she carries tremendous clout in terms of picking Republican candidates. When she speaks, she carries weight. If she endorses, it's like a shot of adrenaline in a campaign.But what about Sarah Palin herself. What about her as a candidate for the national office - either president or vice president - or in a major cabinet post like secretary of state or defense? There's the rub. read more
Let me finish tonight with perhaps the most important political event happening right now.
I'm referring to the peace talks in the Mideast. If we get peace over there, if we settle the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, if we get a two-state solution that protects Israel's security and gives national respect to the Palestinians, it could have historic benefits for our own country.
Let me finish tonight with a question. Just where do you think this explosion of voter anger we saw last night in Delaware - and have seen growing in voters in Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado, Alaska, and in just about every poll across the country - is going to take us?
Let me finish tonight with the question of open service in the U.S. military.
I think "don't ask, don't tell" was probably destined to be an intermediate solution in the debate between those who supported and those who opposed open service. The premise was that a gay person would agree to a strange compact on joining the military services. A gay person would be allowed to serve as other Americans but only if he or she didn't say they were gay, if they didn't declare their sexual orientation in some other direct way.
Let me finish tonight with something good that came of this book-burning craziness and the now-related issue of the New York Islamic center.
This Saturday, I stood facing Philadelphia's Independence Hall as a group of Islamic, Jewish and Christian leaders prayed from their religious texts in a spirit of inter-religious tolerance.
Let me finish tonight with a salute to the new Obama political strategy...
For two years, the President avoided attacks on the Republicans. He had promised to stay above the pettier forms of partisan politics and he stuck to it.