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Did Hardball Guest Try To Put Chris Mathews On The Senate Spot?

The Chris Matthews Senate saga -- will he or won't he quit MSNBC to challenge U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010 -- has PhillyClout wondering about an existential interview: What would Matthews ask and answer about all this if he was a guest on Hardball?

Did Hardball Guest Try To Put Chris Mathews On The Senate Spot?

The Chris Matthews Senate saga -- will he or won't he quit MSNBC to challenge U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010 -- has PhillyClout wondering about a hypothetical interview:  What would Matthews ask and answer about all this if he was a guest on Hardball?

We have to go with the hypothetical here because Matthews is ducking press interviews on the subject, dodging behind a flurry of "no comments" from NBC spokespeople.  But even his guests on Hardball seem to be wondering.  On Friday, Daily News columnist Michael Smerconish and Phil Bronstein, editor-at-large for Hearst were talking about rumors that Caroline Kennedy would take Hillary Clinton's Senate seat after she becomes Secretary of State.  Smerconish took a swipe at Kennedy, asking what her "profession" is and wondering about "Sarah Palin issues" on qualifications.

Bronstein and Matthews were floored.  And then Bronstein seemed to turn the conversation to Matthews.  Let's go to the transcript, courtesy of MSNBC:

BRONSTEIN:  That's pretty rough. I mean, but she has got, at least publicly, a very private persona, one of quiet grace...

MATTHEWS: That's true.

BRONSTEIN: ... and elegance and intelligence. And once you run for Senate, that's over. So I would think that would be a disincentive for Caroline Kennedy. I mean, doesn't it get messy when you run for Senate, Chris?

MATTHEWS: Well, we all want to be protective of Caroline Kennedy. Thank you. We'll be right back with Michael Smerconish and Phil Bronstein with more of the "Politics Fix."

Bronstein had quite the twinkle in his eye, putting extra emphasis at the end of his question.  Matthews never looked so happy to be going to commercial.

Strangely, while MSNBC offers several video snippets of that day's show on its website, this little exchange doesn't seem to be one of them.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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