During a conversation with NBC correspondent David Shuster, Chris Matthews astutely noted that Barack Obama has a candor and straight talk to rival McCain's. Matthews also points out that Obama is not one to go for the 2nd best option but will go after what he wants.
Of course I'm being facetious. Chris has been known to value presentation in politics, usually at its most superficial. It is not too dissimilar to the way Maureen Dowd has tended to approach her writing, judging politicians through how smooth or tough they are reminiscent of High School. This clip provides an insight into what Matthews values, evident also in his latest book Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success.
Go to the entire Media Matters piece,transcript included
Watch Matthews promoting his book on the Daily Show. Jon Stewart challenges Matthews on his sense of perspective.
Read a previous APF post on Maureen Dowd and her writings on presentation
Go to Chris Matthews bio, from NBC
Go to Maureen Dowd's bio, from The New York Times