Chris Matthews on What We Can Learn from Politicians

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” explains how anyone can use the tactics of professional politicians to get ahead in their own careers in Life’s a Campaign. He writes about Bill Clinton’s laser-focused ability to listen to those he wanted to seduce, Ronald Reagan’s unyielding optimism, and Nancy Pelosi’s hardnosed loyalty. And Mr. Matthews describes how these lessons played a role in his own career.

Events: Chris Matthews will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center
1972 Broadway (at 66th Street)

Life’s a Campaign is available for purchase at

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Chris Matthews

Comments [22]

Dan DiPaolo from Morningside Heights

Leonard should have simply replayed his interview with Bread Ayatollah Steven Laurence Kaplan instead of indulging this hack in a discussion about his ridiculous new book, rightly challenged by Jon Stewart.

Oct. 18 2007 07:34 AM
Jim Pharo from NYC

Can we just consider the possibility that Chris Matthews is just not very bright? I try to follow his babbling, but it just makes no sense. The problem with the Presidential campaign is that there's nothing inspiring? Has be been to -- or seen a clip of -- an Obama event? Or he complains that we focus on things like the Edwards $400 haircut story -- but that story was his bread and butter.

Just because someone is good looking, can talk fast and once was kept around by Tip O'Neill (who evidently did not confide in young Chris, by the way), doesn't mean that that someone isn't just dumb.

I mean, can we just consider it?

Oct. 05 2007 01:52 PM
Vincenzo from Minneapolis

Lopate and Matthews, what an interesting dynamic. It really goes to show the effects of eating, drinking, and sleeping washington politics for decades. Another baby boomer who only utters civil rights when it's in the same sentence as "the 60s."
I'm surprised he didn't have a better response about reporter-politico relationships. Lyndon Johnson used to have press meetings on the toilet. Judith Miller is one of the very few, and calculated leaks from this white house. Today's reporters have just lost motivation because the truth gets trampled by celebrities.

Oct. 04 2007 02:56 AM
TT from NJ

Keith Olbermann dosent seem to be limited by the medium. He is pretty good at telling it like it is.

Oct. 03 2007 02:47 PM
Dirk Digler from UWS

Chris Matthews is my favorite among the cable news anchors. He'll go much farther than most will on calling out the Bush administration. Yes, he's limited by the medium he works in but hey, we need more like him.

Oct. 03 2007 01:29 PM
Torquato Tasso from Neptune NJ

Great interview - but Chris is delusional about the way he comes off on air. He makes people he says are movers look more credible then prior to his interviews with them - i.e. Ann Colter. He also does not do a good job at all at exposing obvious lies for what they are when they are espoused by his guests. In fact I think he muddies the water much more after his interview with someone who is telling lies (like the swifters) than before he speaks with them. It almost seems as he is an undercover operative for the Right. It’s hard to see him as an independent. And where was all this hard talk about the President when he failed to live up to any of his early campaign promises?

Oct. 03 2007 01:19 PM
michael from manhattan

Why is Leonard wasting time with this shallow, annoying huckster? Will ANY WNYC listener go out and buy cm's little pamphlet? Take a look online at Jon Stewart's interview of him on The Daily Show last night -- JS essentially treated him with disdain/disrespect -- exactly what he deserves. Not everyone who has a new book out should be/deserves to be interviewed.

Oct. 03 2007 12:44 PM
Chad Harris from Ridgewood

That Jimmy Carter movie supports Jimmy.

Can't wait, that book needs much more mainstreaming!

Oct. 03 2007 12:40 PM
ab from nyc

The reason why the media is uninspired is not due to not paying attention to Kucinich or's because they no longer see themselves as performing a vital service and are only concerned with the bottom they focus on stupidity like haircuts and what Hillary is wearing and giving time to idiot crackpots with any insane sensationalistic point of view. CNN, FOX, et al have betrayed democracy in favor of extreme capitalism and we all suffer for it

I have to say i agree with Matthews on challenging that swift boat liar/propagandist. it annoys the hell out of me when Brian Lehrer has on fascists like Kristol and doesn't challenge all the garbage coming out of his mouth.

Oct. 03 2007 12:34 PM
Dan Fielding

He's just another corporate media shill. Kept busy shopping with all the money they pay him, theres really no time for him to develop any understanding of the world. And why would he care anyway. He already got his cut. And thats what politics taught him.

Oct. 03 2007 12:33 PM
Ryan from NYC

Question for Mr. Matthews: You did graduate work in economics at UNC-Chapel Hill; what caused you to drift from economics towards politics?

As an economics student, I cannot understand why anyone would leave economics (or any academic field) to the brutal world of politics.

Oct. 03 2007 12:30 PM
jeff Schiller

the reason cm and the rest of the media are uninspired by the presidential campaign is that they pay no attention and give no validity to the campaigns of dennis kucinich and ron paul, both of whom inspire those willing to listen outside the box, which is exactly what cm feels is missing.

Oct. 03 2007 12:25 PM
Mike from Manhattan

Is Chris rooting for the Phils?

Oct. 03 2007 12:19 PM
justin from Manhattan

I Think the people are responsible for giving the Chris Mathews of the worlds to be who they are. If you don't patronize such fellows then you get what you see and treat them as what you like. Chris Mathews is an entertainer and so are his brethren.
I am not sure if there is that much emphasis paid to the Anchors at other News stations outside of the US wherein the Anchors become bigger than the news they read.
I would have appreciated if my member dollars were not used to coddle upto the likes of Chris Mathews or Bill O' Rielly or any others who are just pushing some crap.

Oct. 03 2007 12:19 PM
Trevor from U$A

Giuliani as the Republican candidate a sure thing?

Wasn't there a front page NY Times article the other day detailing his alienation of the religious conservative voting bloc and talks of a third party?

Matthews is a joke. "Independent" means "broadcast friendly political hack".

At least get Olbermann on the show.

Oct. 03 2007 12:18 PM
Steve from Manhattan

We remember Rudy when he was running around the city trying to close down art exhibits he didn't like - on 9/10 he could not have won an election for anything. Ask Chris whether that sort of authoritarianism worries him.

Oct. 03 2007 12:16 PM
ab from nyc

Sounds like Matthews parses his words JUST like any politician

and I don't consider idiots like John Wayne on "my" side. Don't speak for me, Matthews!

Oct. 03 2007 12:15 PM
Ron from Upper Eastside

Isn't healthcare the big "Deliverance"issue this year?

Oct. 03 2007 12:14 PM

Puh-leeeeze ask Matthews about his misogynistic attacks on Hillary.

(Note: She's not my favorite, but it's galling to hear him go on about her being "shrill" or having a "cackle.")

Oct. 03 2007 12:13 PM
Chad Harris from Ridgewood

Can you ask him about the comment "We are all Neocons" now?

Oct. 03 2007 12:13 PM

How dare this man play the "holier than thou" card! He's one of the worst cable shout show practictioners of emphasis on the trivial.


Oct. 03 2007 12:12 PM
ab from nyc

A HUGE part of the problem is the ridiculously irresponsible conduct of the media, as Leonard alluded to.

Oct. 03 2007 12:11 PM

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