- The Washington Times - Monday, July 22, 2013

Conservative political commentator Andrew Sullivan received a sea of chuckles on the final episode of “The Chris Matthews Show” on Sunday after he said that “with any luck” the United States will not be a world superpower in 20 years.

Andrew, are we going to be [a superpower] 20 years from now?” Mr. Matthews asked, lamenting the word “superpower” itself.

“With any luck we won’t be,” Mr. Sullivan quipped, receiving a round of laughter from the 17 regular guests Mr. Matthews had in the newsroom that day as part of the final episode, NewsBusters first reported.

“We will understand what the founders understood,” Sullivan continued. “When you leave America and you go back and you look at it from like over here, and you see this giant continent with two vast oceans in between it, and it feels it’s paranoid and terrified of the rest of the world, and wants to have this enormous military industrial complex to control it, you just scratch your head after a while and realize that Eisenhower was on to something. So was Washington, so was Jefferson. I think the transition to a post-imperial America is coming. I think it’s overdue and I welcome it.”

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