If there were any doubt that MSNBC's Chris Matthews was "in the tank" for Barack Obama, the excitable "Hardball" host fessed up on national TV this week.
Today on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," he and the comedienne toasted Obama's election victory with shots.
Tuesday night on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Matthews acknowledged, "Well, I'm partial. You got me. You nailed me! I've been watching politics since I was a kid and all the way back to the days of Kennedy and Nixon and I've never seen anything like Barack Obama. No one's ever been as inspiring."
Matthews went on to describe Obama's campaign as "stunning ... from the time it started" and Obama as "a remarkable political reality."
Matthews had one of the most notorious quotes -- repeatedly cited by critics and used by Republican John McCain in a web video mocking the media for its "love affair with Obama" -- of the campaign when he said he had a "thrill going up my leg" while listening to Obama speak.
For most of the campaign, he hosted his show, which focused on commentary, and he also was an analyst for other broadcasts on NBC and MSNBC. But there were times when he filled what were ostensibly impartial roles as host.
After months of accusations of political bias from supporters of Hillary Clinton and then John McCain, MSNBC removed both Matthews and Keith Olbermann from the anchor chair for the party conventions and debates, and made them clearly analysts.
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On "Saturday Night Live," Matthews was ridiculed relentlessly for his swooning for Obama. On a montage show that aired the Monday before the election, a skit showed Darrell Hammond impersonating Matthews and complaining that he hadn't received an Obama T-shirt and giving Obama the tracking number.
"You're great!" Hammond as Matthews says, promising not to wear it on election night, or at least to wear it under his shirt and jacket.
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