‘‘I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews,’’ Obama said. ‘‘Four years ago I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke.’’
Matthews said ‘‘Hardball’’ has gotten a sharper focus. The editorial opinion has moved to the front of the show. Saying what he thinks isn’t hard; Matthews’ flirtation with running for the Senate ended in part because the need to adhere to party orthodoxy wouldn’t mix with a man comfortable with voicing a dozen opinions per minute.
‘‘I never want to do what everybody else is doing,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t want to be part of the chorus.’’
Like most in his trade, Matthews seems a little lost with the end of a long campaign. He’s done a few speculative 2016 stories, not recognizing the subject is enough to send most people screaming from the room.
Every day is one day closer to another election, though.
‘‘He is sort of the model figure for who we are,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘He doesn’t stick out loving politics and being passionate about politics. It comes across in everything we do ... And that’s Chris.’’
EDITOR'S NOTE — David Bauder can be reached at dbauder(at)ap.org and on Twitter (at)dbauder.