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
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.