Johnny, ye haven’t really left
Largely sifting familiar material, new portrait may be overly admiring, but it still beckons
Chris Matthews once said that when he saw Barack Obama, he got all a-tingly in his leg. You can only imagine what happens when he thinks about his childhood idol, John F. Kennedy. Imagine no more. Matthews, the rumpled and rowdy host of television’s “Hardball,’’ has just published Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, which makes it clear that Matthews has a huge man crush on the 35th president. The book is more of a publishing event than some new and riveting volume in the growing library of books on the Family Kennedy.