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Howard Fineman Talks 2012 Presidential Race On ‘The Chris Matthews Show’ (VIDEO)

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Posted: March 6, 2011 11:21 AM

The Huffington Post’s Senior Political Editor Howard Fineman appeared on “The Chris Matthews Show” on Sunday, along with the BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC News’ Norah O’Donnell and Time Magazine’s Richard Stengel, to discuss America’s declining position in the world, and what it means for President Obama in 2012.

“The trick is to be honest and inspirational at the same time,” Howard said.

“50-year-old factory worker, 50-year-old man or woman in Western Pennsylvanian, Indiana, the states that are going to decide this next election…. Are they thinking ‘The president’s got this all figured out?'” Matthews asked.

“If you look a the statistics and the polling, and you talk to people in those places, as I do,” Howard replied, “They don’t think that. They’re highly skeptical. And I think they’re open to another message from somebody who, if he or she can find it, mixes honesty with inspiration. If you’re just going to tell people, ‘Look, here are the cold, hard facts,’ that’s not going to work.”

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The other day I was watching Hardball and Chris Matthews introduced one of his regular panels composed of that hairless former McCain staffer and the sad-eyed “Democratic strategist” Steve McMahon. Matthews ballyhooed that the panel would be debating healthcare and, remarkably, that McMahon has “clients involved in the healthcare debate.”

Clients in the healthcare debate, eh? Okay, that could mean anything. McMahon owns a media consulting firm and he used to work for Al Gore, Howard Dean and Senator Kennedy, so he could be one of us and therefore he might use this panel to debunk some of the ridiculous lies floating around the president’s public option plan.

He didn’t.

McMahon not only came out against passing a government-run public health insurance option, but claimed that the president should go for 80 votes in the Senate with a “compromise” healthcare bill. It gets worse. McMahon implied that the public option is a “controversial” idea from the left, so 80 votes and no public option, he claimed, would make “everyone happy.”

That’s rich. Everyone happy, McMahon?

More on “making everyone happy” presently, but first I want to address this line about how the public option is a controversial, left-wing measure. Naturally, the Republicans, along with private health insurers and the cowardly Blue Dogs agree with McMahon — they want scare you and your representatives into believing that the public option is some sort of wicked controversial third rail. It’ll be, as McMahon called it, “a great big fight” so it ought to be avoided. Ballsy! They’re trying to pass this off as somehow a left-wing moonbat idea totally divorced from the mainstream. You know the trick: if they can marginalize it, they can kill it.

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Obama inauguration to air in theaters

MSNBC pact puts coverage in 27 U.S. locations

By Paul J. Gough

Jan 12, 2009, 07:15 PM ET

NEW YORK — President-elect Barack Obama is on his way to the big screen, thanks to a deal between MSNBC and Screenvision that will put the news channel’s inaugural coverage in 27 theaters around the country.

Free tickets are being handed out via MSNBC.com to see the inauguration and parade from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET at the 27 theaters run by 11 exhibitor partners in 21 markets. Midday Tuesday isn’t necessarily a big movie time, so it helps to fill the theater — and boost popcorn and soda sales — at a time when it’s not usually busy.

That means that Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and other MSNBC and NBC personalities will play the big movie screen in addition to the usual MSNBC cable and satellite stream. MSNBC won’t be in high-definition until the second quarter, but both the channel and Screenvision say the quality will still be high.

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