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All about 'Joe the Plumber'

10/16/08 03:38AM

msnbc hosts and commentators reacted on-air to the final presidential debate of Decision '08.Rachel MaddowDuring the first part of the debate, I saw John McCain being quite spirited, aggressive, seeming to enjoy himself. But before the halfway point, I thought his excitement and eagerness in participating in that sort of the back and forth devolved into a sort of anger and discomfort… a lot of eye-rolling and a tremendous amount of blinking, grimacing and mugging for the camera that he’s going to regret.He got the zinger of the night when he said “I’m not George Bush,” to Obama. read more

Biden shares campaign insights

10/14/08 05:46PM

Watch the complete interview between Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and Hardball’s Chris Matthews on topics ranging from McCain’s campaign tactics to the last presidential debate and the economic problems facing the country. read more

Biden on McCain's harsh attacks

10/13/08 09:09PM

On Monday, Chris Matthews talked with Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden about his reaction to the McCain campaign's negative attack tactics during the past week of the race. read more

Who won the town hall debate?

10/08/08 02:30AM

msnbc hosts and commentators reacted on-air following the town hall debate between Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain. Below, are some of the highlights of their responses.Chris Matthews This debate had a lot more substance than you could have imagined and not as much of the character attacks that we feared would overtake this debate. McCain on Obama, brought up taxes and said, “You can’t trust this guy. read more

Who won the debate?

10/03/08 02:12AM

msnbc hosts reacted instantly on-air to how they thought the debate went. Below are a few highlights:Chris MatthewsFor a while, I thought I was hearing recitation. She was more of a contestant than a candidate. I thought I was watching a spelling bee with some of Gov. Palin’s responses. It was so reciting, so automatic. She said she wasn’t going to listen to Gwen Ifill tonight. She also said didn't like "the filter of mainstream media," which means she’s not going to do more serious interviews like Katie Couric. read more

Matthews: Canceling the debate was a razzle-dazzle move by McCain

09/25/08 01:57PM

by Chris MatthewsSometimes I see the appeal of the parliamentary system where a government that has failed is no longer the government.  We have a presidential system is which is on the clock.  The president serves out his tour of duty regardless of his political effectiveness.  And there, on Wednesday night, we saw the president almost like a flashback.  It was like, “Is this the present?  Is he still president?  Is he somebody playing him on 'Saturday Night Live' that we‘re watching?”It didn‘t seem right, the president’s speech. read more

McCain's over-the-top reactions

09/25/08 01:52PM

by Rachel MaddowSen. McCain has suspended his presidential campaign and is threatening to skip Friday‘s presidential debate to work on the Wall Street bailout bill.  Is this a self-sacrificing manifestation of his “country first” program?  A self-aggrandizing political move to try to take the reins of leadership on economy from Barack Obama?  Both?  Neither? read more

Looking ahead to the November elections

08/06/08 06:24PM

With the days beginning to dwindle down before the November presidential election and the Democratic National Convention set to kick off on Monday, August 25, has released the Decision '08 Dashboard, a newly designed politics site, featuring election tools and interactives. read more

Remembering Tim Russert

06/14/08 09:02PM

by Chris MatthewsHe was a character right from Mark Twain. You know, the first kid to go barefoot in the summer, the first to wear shoes in the winter. He was a colleague, a role model—and let’s be honest this day—a rival. You couldn’t keep up with the guy. He heard it first. Better yet, saw it first. Saw what it meant and saw the path where this new bit of news led. Like Huck Finn, Tim Russert knew things about life that were in nobody’s notebook. read more

Thinking about Hillary

06/11/08 09:44PM

by Chris MatthewsEver since I was in first grade, I've been aware that the heroes of the two parties are not necessarily the people who win the presidency.  Think Adlai Stevenson.  Think Barry Goldwater. Compare them to some of the lesser lights who've gotten to the Oval Office.       I see another prospect for this list:The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking has Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain 51 to 38 percent among women.    You can attribute much of that growing edge to the gutsy, gung-ho campaign ran by Sen. read more