Let me finish tonight with a tribute to one of the great Americans of my lifetime.
In late 1952, Ted Sorensen sat in a hallway of the old congressional office building. He was in the midst of a job interview.
A young congressman, 35 years old, had just been elected to the US Senate and wanted someone to help him write legislation.
That hallway interview, he didn't have his new office yet, and how well it went, changed history.
Let me finish tonight with the whiff of street thuggery in this tea party.
I don't know about you, but I've learned to pay attention to when political movements begin to act out their extremist streaks.
You tell me the last time a mainstream American candidate hired strong-arm types, paramilitary types, to provide him with street security?
Let me finish tonight with what Sarah Palin started tonight.
She's started laying the groundwork for a presidential run. She's started the countdown. She'll talk to her family and decide whether any candidate running can match her "common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion."
So that's what this is about - not her qualifications to be chief executive of the United States, not her readiness to play the premier post in world leadership, to grapple with global economics and strategic policy, but her degree of "common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion."
Let me finish tonight with what it takes to be a great leader.
You are free to do with it what you will. After all, I got it from someone else, a Canadian pollster named Allen Gregg.
Every great leader, he told years ago, has three key elements: motive, passion, spontaneity.
Motive. You know why they're in public life, know what they care about, what they have devoted themselves to achieving.
For Lincoln, it was slavery.
For Roosevelt, it was the victim of the Great Depression, the person he called "the forgotten man."
Let me finish tonight with the joy it was to go out this week to those college campuses.
You can give all the speeches in the world about democracy.
There's nothing like getting out there with real American young people, with all their hope and dreams and vulnerability. They don't have it made but, boy, do they have wonder in their eyes.
Here are some voices from the college tour, fresh from American youth - first from the University of Louisville, then the University of Illinois at Chicago, finally from Temple University last night in North Philadelphia.
In an interview with Hardball’s Chris Matthews, Joe Sestak, the Democratic contender in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, reiterates his belief that challenger Pat Toomey is “too extreme,” and that voters are looking for someone who can “change” a Senate that’s “just not working.”
In an interview with Hardball’s Chris Matthews, Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Senate candidate from Illinois, defends his record, criticizes that of Republican challenger Mark Kirk, and offers his take on the future of U.S. spending.
Watch Chris Matthews' interview with Kentucky Senate Candidate:
In an interview today with Chris Matthews, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway defended a recent campaign ad claiming that his Republican opposition, Dr. Rand Paul, had mocked Christianity in his college years. Conway said that the purpose of the ad was to question Paul’s actions, not his faith.
Let me finish tonight with a report from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The item didn't get much play in the papers because it was so quietly displayed on the website of the U.S. Central Command.
It's an estimate of the number of people killed in the Iraq war.
77,000 is the figure.
Interesting number, seven thousand more than the U.S. government said were killed the day we dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima.
Let me finish tonight with a deep observation about mankind.
Down 2,000 feet in the ground a group of 33 men not only survived for 69 days but prevailed. What a story of human faith, hope, charity and community.
I know that last word drives people on the right crazy. Theirs is the popular notion of every man for himself, grab what you can, screw the masses, cash out of the government, go it alone, the whole cowboy catechism.
“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