The thrill is gone (from his leg).
President Obama, whose stature is declining in the polls and among his fellow politicians and even other world leaders, has now at least partially lost voluble left-wing pundit and MSNBC host Chris Matthews too.
Appearing Wednesday night on The Colbert Report, Matthews said Ronald Reagan, the hero of conservatives, was a better president than Obama.
From the exchange:
COLBERT: Do you think Reagan was a better president than Obama is?
MATTHEWS: In the end, yes, because he ended the Cold War and that’s hard to beat – hard to beat that baby.
Matthews is known suggesting during the 2008 primaries that listening to Obama induced within him a pleasing physical sensation.
I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.
A few moments after favorably comparing Reagan to Obama, Matthews reverted more to form, calling Republicans opposing Obama in the current budget standoff “right wing jackals.”
Here’s a link to last night’s Colbert Show. The exchange on Reagan begins at about 19:45.