Matthews Ponders Quitting MSNBC

Matthews_ted That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Politico reports that Chris Matthews is seriously considering a run for the Senate in Pennsylvania, and is even pondering whether to quit MSNBC before his contract expires.

Michael Calderone and Josh Kraushaar write, “The garrulous host of the show “Hardball with Chris Matthews” has already picked out a home in Philadelphia to establish residency in the state, according to a Democratic operative in discussions with him about a potential candidacy. Over Thanksgiving weekend, at his vacation house in Nantucket, Matthews’ family members gave him their full backing.

“As speculation surrounding his potential candidacy heats up, Matthews has also been asking advisers whether to step down from his MSNBC post well before his contract expires in June. At one recent meeting, he was advised that if he truly intends to run, he should resign from the network as soon as possible.”

Inauguration Angst: Clinton friend and confidant Harry Thomason offers some advice to Barack Obama on how to handle the inauguration.

He tells USA Today, “I’d set up a lot of webcameras” throughout Washington — and focus on a particular cause.

“It might even be possible to use the Internet to gather money for something — the homeless or another cause, something that could happen fast,” Thomason says.

“Much more than in 1992, there’s a feeling that we’re sort of all in this together, that we’re in a deep ditch,” Thomason says.

“Psychologically, everybody wants to be together right now.”

New Poll: The Public Policy Institute of California published new findings on Prop 8. The AP reports on the poll, “Voters’ economic status and religious convictions played a greater role than race and age in determining whether they supported the Nov. 4 ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage in California.”

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