Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell Talk (and Talk) Politics

Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell. Photograph by Justin James Muir

Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell. Photograph by Justin James Muir

PM: When did you guys first meet?

ED: [laughs] I have no idea.

CHRIS: I just remember that he and Billy Green [then Philadelphia’s mayor] were trying to take my job away. This was back in 1980. I was speechwriter for Jimmy Carter. All the big-city guys ganged up on us.

ED: This was the Kennedy-Carter presidential primary. I was supporting Kennedy.

CHRIS: Teddy came to town, and he was eating Philly pretzels and meeting with the Cardinal. You could do that in those days. And Carter was in his Rose Garden because of the [Iranian] hostages. And I’m handling Philly. These guys rolled us over. Read more »

VIDEO: Chris Matthews Makes a Fat Joke About Chris Christie [Updated]

UPDATE: Now with video! Here’s the footage of the exchange.


The Huffington Post picks up a little exchange Philly Mag’s staff witnessed firsthand last night, when Editor Tom McGrath shared a stage with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during ThinkFest’s keynote.

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Tonight: Philadelphia’s Native Son Chris Matthews at the Rittenhouse


Unlike some celebrities that we pretend are from Philadelphia (Pink, Tina Fey, Taylor Swift), Hardball host Chris Matthews is from Philly proper: born in Nicetown, raised in Somerton. And as he told Philly Style magazine last year, he comes back pretty often — ““enough to keep up my accent,” he said.

That accent should be in ample evidence tonight when Matthews sits down with Philadelphia magazine Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath for a keynote Q&A to kick off ThinkFest. Matthews is unpredictable, to say the least. So it should be interesting — especially considering cocktails come before the talk.

WHAT: Keynote Q&A with Chris Matthews
WHERE: Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 7 (tonight!). Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and conversation start at 6:30 p.m. The interview starts at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Go here.

Chris Matthews on Christie: He Has “Blood” in Him


Yesterday, Chris Matthews summed up New Jersey–and America’s–love affair with Chris Christie thusly:

The Reagan Democrats are alive,” Matthews said. “They’re working class, middle class, mostly Catholics—I’m just saying, it’s a fact—ethnic people, people who came two or three generations ago. They tend to be very, very patriotic. And they like reality. They don’t like Al Gores. They don’t like people like [Michael] Dukakis. They want real people with blood in them. People that talk with attitude.”

Come to the Rittenhouse Hotel tonight to hear Matthews, the keynote speaker of Philly Mag’s ThinkFest. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a Q&A with Matthews and Philly Mag editor Tom McGrath.

ThinkFest Snapshot: Chris Matthews


We’re rounding up the reasons Philly Mag readers should not miss ThinkFest, our week-long event connecting the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in Philadelphia. 

Chris Matthews, Philadelphia native, best-selling author, host of MSNBC’s Hardball and this year’s ThinkFest keynoter, joins Philadelphia magazine Editor in Chief, Tom McGrath, for Q&A, cocktails and conversation.

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