Here’s something I bet you never imagined would happen.
Chris Matthews on Friday, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, declared Barack Obama the political loser of the year (video follows with transcript and commentary):
JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Let me ask you losers, political losers of the year?
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Terrible year for the president. I mean, it’s terrible, this…
SCARBOROUGH: Can you go back a year? One year ago, the president was getting ready for his second inauguration. So much hope. This has been a terrible year.
MATTHEWS: There's another piece of it which you’re subtly getting at. It's not just that it’s a bad year in terms of the rollout. There's an erosion in interest. It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency. It doesn't feel like the fifth. There wasn't that rejuvenation that comes with re-election. There wasn’t any, certainly he was never going to get a honeymoon from the other side, but there was no sense of wow. And I think that's hurt him a lot.
Quite a change from the thrill up his leg roughly six years ago.
Of course, Matthews said this at 7:30 in the morning on a program few people watch.
Would he actually say this in primetime when the entire nation is awake?
Quite the contrary, I bet by 7PM when Hardball airs, Matthews will be talking about the upward revision to the 3rd quarter gross domestic product and why Obama isn't getting any credit for the wonderful economy.