Chuck Todd is still amazing in every way.Charming hairfaced news-geek Lothario Chuck Todd said all sorts of amazing things on Hardball last night about how John McCain and Sarah Palin appear to despise each other, and how their campaign staff are all tired and annoyed and full of hate for the world, and so on. It was wondrously candid! (Chuck Todd is in the tank, obviously.) Of course this morning the blog he co-authors had to run an unattributed sort-of retraction. Full text after the jump.

*** The dangers of parachuting in: Spending part of the day with the McCain-Palin campaign for yesterday’s interview was both an enviable and unenviable task. It’s always tricky to over-read exhaustion. The campaign pushed back hard on an initial impression one of us said on MSNBC — that there was a lack of chemistry between McCain and Palin during the interview — and cautioned us not to read too much into the campaign soup that’s exhaustion, mixed with a couple of tough news days for the ticket, some bad poll numbers, a healthy skepticism of the press, a pretty tough New York Times Magazine piece, and the fact that the two candidates don’t spend every day together. It was the same dynamic as you might see with Obama and Biden, except they have the luxury of having the motivation of positive news on their side, which can loosen folks up. Bottom line: The McCain campaign appears a bit tight (which is understandable given where we are in the campaign). But there is a bunker mentality that folks like us, when we parachute in, can miss. It’s a good lesson for all of us: Always be cautious from over-analyzing a situation; it can be dangerous punditry.

*** One other point: This is not an easy time for the trailing campaign, as more and more outsiders begin pointing fingers and assigning blame. It’s human nature to look over your shoulder and wonder what’s coming next. The McCain campaign team seems to be a more cohesive bunch than Kerry’s, Gore’s or Dole’s, so the backbiting might be held to a minimum. But it doesn’t make it any easier to read these pre-bituaries.

Wow, that is some kind of praise, that McCain is not yet quite as much of a failure as Bob Dole.

First thoughts: Double digits [First Read]

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  1. [re=144524]StrangelyBrown[/re]: nah, it is just that McWALNUTS! is jealous because his hair and makeup merited only $8700 and Barbie’s was worth $13K. He feels that is wrong, wrong, wrong, as we know how he feels about heavy makeup on cu…uh, women. Plus, he is the boss, so no bitch should get more of anything than he does. So there’s some tension. Oh, and also the new poll showing that her presence on the ticket is costing him many votes. That little thing.

  2. When they start the new season of Flight of the Conchords on HBO will Chuck Todd continue to work as a reporter or will he go back to being their manager Murray?

  3. Shorter Chuck Todd: they look like losers right now, but that’s only because they are losing. We don’t know yet if they’ll be like Dukakis, or only like Dole.

  4. This is such bullshit.
    Todd already gave them the benefit of the doubt…the tiredness, the stress, blah, blah, blah…when he was talking with Matthews, yesterday.

    He was offering an opinion, nothing more, nothing less. No doubt NBC would rather have Todd behave the way Williams did…a bunch of hot air about “story arcs” and narratives and the need to stretch this interview over several news cycles because of its “importance”.

    Sorry Brian, nobody cares about the length of the interview, the story arc and talking points. People are interested in whether or not two people who want to run our country are on the same page and/or even LIKE each other.

    I don’t know if NBC is behind the pushback or if it’s the vindictive, throw them under the bus, McCain Campaign (see Joe Klein, Mike Murphy and Colin Powell). In any case, this backpedaling is just plain weak.

  5. [re=144522]TGY[/re]: recent AP poll saying it was too close… shows 45% of the sample the used were evangelical christians.

    chucky was right, they look like losers because they have realized they are losing.

  6. [re=144522]TGY[/re]:
    “Ah, did I say that these two losers are washed-up? What I meant to say was tune in for each and every exciting installment of Brian William’s exclusive interview with these scrappy comeback kids. You won’t want to miss a minute of this must-see-TV excitement and drama, exclusively here on NBC and MSNBC, the greatest newstravaganza a-go-go teams on television.”

  7. Bob Dole? The banana guy? Tell me more about this “Bob Dole” other then the fact that he is every anonymous e-mail address I have. FAKT.

  8. Pretty obviously, Todd got his chain seriously jerked here. That said, I have to say that, much as I wanted to agree with him, watching the interview last night I did not see particularly bad chemistry, tension, nascent recrimination or a pre-Bulworth moment. I just saw a couple of despicable assholes.

  9. Why does NBC feel like they have to apologize for videotaping McPalin struggling to make it through an interview? All they did is show up with a camera and in dude to ask questions–everything else is on WALNUTS and Barbie.

    If those two want to make weird faces at each other and barely disguise their distaste for one another, let ’em. WALNUTS just seems to hate everyone right now–why should Palin be any different?

  10. Ahhhwww…..poor Chucky Wucky got scared that he’s cratered his Meet The Press ambitions by offering a rare unguarded comment. Doesn’t he realize that what he said wasn’t partisan, it was simply an observation. It was also the most interesting thing he’s said all campaign. He’s just upset that his map is a poor man’s version of John King’s…

  11. It was the same dynamic as you might see with Obama and Biden, except…

    …that Obama wouldn’t spend half the interview looking at Biden’s thighs?

  12. [re=144527]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: [re=144553]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Them’s my bets!

    **Unknown NBC exec to Chuck** “You MORON! We need people to WATCH the FUCKING NETWORK ELECTION NIGHT! How the FUCK do you think we pay for all your neat graphics toys, polls and shit! You tell them McCain is a hurting puppy now, they’re all going to go to the godamned movies, or watch that asshole Jon Stewart!” **leaves, slamming door on Chuck’s fingers**

  13. [re=144664]gjdodger[/re]: I thought it was funny that Clinton didn’t even kick Klein off the plane, even when he knew Klein was the “Anonymous” who wrote “Primary Colors,” but McGrumpy will boot you just because he can.

    Aww, Chuck. I love ya’ man. But let’s please keep the ass-kissing to a minimum. Unless it’s mine. Literally.

  14. umm walnuts and moosealini campaign together more often than any ticket in recent memory, in order to avoid walnuts standing in a room talking to himself, nice try trying to walk things back though chuckie (he was already pulling back on rachel’s show last night, i guess the threatening call came pretty quick). they hate each other, and walnuts wants to slap both her and himself for being so stupid, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out, but of course stating the obvious is bad journalism.

  15. [re=144645]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Did that creep you out too?
    I wasn’t disturbed by reports of perceived tension. The notion that both of these people hate each other is the only vaguely human thing I have heard about these two fucking freaks in weeks.

  16. there is a bunker mentality that folks like us, when we parachute in, can miss

    Is he really trying to suggest that a bunker mentality is more positive than what he described!? ‘Cause I’ve seen that movie where Hitler’s in his bunker and he’s pissed off about Sheffield United being relegated and he seems awfully grumpy to me.

  17. Why is MSNBC still trying to pretend it’s not the liberal answer to Fox News. We’re not watching because we think it’s unbiased, we’re watching because it’s fun to see Chris Matthews lay traps for Michelle Bachmann, Keith Olberman mock Bill O’reilly, and Rachel Maddow be Rachel Maddow. And Chuck Todd adds a huge dose of adorable.

  18. Clearly, Chuck missed the ‘bedroom eyes’ juju Palin was throwing at McGrommits during that interview, which is easy to overlook if you’re a 40 year old virgin

  19. “The McCain campaign team seems to be a more cohesive bunch than Kerry’s, Gore’s or Dole’s…”

    Look, just because we suggested that they’re LOSING doesn’t mean that they’re LOSERS…see…it’s…well…take these other great losing teams in history…oh…RACISM…CUNT…nevermind.

  20. Why do these people grovel to Walnuts? Is he THAT evil? It’s like they’re so afraid of him that they can’t bring themselves to call him on his crap or tell the truth about his miserable failure of a campaign. What demonic powers he must possess. C’mon, Chuck, the old fart can’t raise his hands above his head, you can take him.

  21. I watched Chuckie go out of his way, not once but twice, to make his point about lack of chemistry. What an axe wound! Tim Russert’s ashes must be rolling over in the Buffalo Bills stadium right now.

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