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Chris Matthews Remembers Tip O'Neil, Ronald Reagan, and Political Compromise

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

From 1980 to 1986, Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan. The two men made compromises that shaped America’s future and became one of history’s most celebrated political pairings—and they remain a prime example of how ideological opposites can get things done. Chris Matthews was a top aide to Tip O’Neill, and in his book Tip and the Gipper, Matthews tells how the two leaders fought over the major issues of the day—welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Security—but found their way to agreements that reformed taxes, saved Social Security, and brought peace to Northern Ireland.

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Opinion: The Return of Candidate Clinton?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

She was bested in the last presidential primary for reasons that won't disappear: an entrenched team with a lethargic approach, high negatives in areas of the country, and just too much fatigue around her mystique. She's not angling to push out the president, the op-ed aspirations of a few admirers notwithstanding.

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Chris Matthews on Disappointment with Obama, Super Committee's Crying 'Uncle'

Monday, November 21, 2011

[Barack Obama] promised to be a transformative president; in that case, you have to tell us what you're going to transform.

—  Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC's "Hardball" and NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show," on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Empire

Chris Matthews and Mr. No Labels

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"I don't think he's running," Chris Matthews says towards the end of this clip from last night's show, referring to Bloomberg and that 2012 thing.

The other notable moment in the clip comes when outgoing South Carolina GOP Rep. Bob Inglis describes the No Labels movement as something that is "not left, not right. just forward."

"That sounds like MSNBC," Chris Matthews replies. "Lean Forward, you know," he says, referring to the station's new slogan.

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Chris Matthews Makes a Suggestion

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Chris Matthews makes the case for drafting a certain mayor into Obama's cabinet:

"There is one person with the track record, the communication pizzazz to help make, carry out and market the historic recovery program that is still needed. His name is Michael Bloomberg."

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'Special Interest'

Monday, July 12, 2010


Democratic challenger Reshma Saujani is still using the "special interest" line of attack against Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

A reader received this campaign mailer on Friday talking about how Maloney was “taking money from special interests” at fund-raiser scheduled around the same time she was taking an important vote on financial regulation.

Chris Matthews has called the “special interest” line of attack a “canard” because Saujani raises a lot of money from lots of Wall Street.

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