- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 6, 2018

Chris Matthews told his “Hardball” audience Wednesday evening that Democrats may have their own version of former President George H.W. Bush in Beto O’Rouke if they play their cards right.

The man who famously had a “thrill” up his leg for then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in 2008 said there is “magic” in the air in the wake of Mr. O’Rouke’s failed senatorial campaign in Texas.

“[T]here was magic in that room like when we hosted a Hardball College Tour at West Chester University up in Pennsylvania in 2008 for Senator Obama,” he said of a recent broadcast, the media watchdog NewsBusters reported Wednesday evening.

“Democrats respond to magic,” he continued. “I have a reason for urging a Beto run. I believe elections should be about the future and to those who say Beto can’t win a Senate race in Texas, let me remind you of George Herbert Walker Bush who lost two races for the Senate in Texas.”

NewsBusters noted Mr. Bush’s resume also included the following: ambassador to the United Nations, congressman, CIA director, Republican National Committee chairman and vice president.

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