Barbara Buono on Hardball (video)

Senator Buono was on Hardball tonight on MSNBC. Chris Matthews was his usual pitbull surface-interview self, and like his typical Q&A there are so many interruptions from him that he forces his guest into staccato sentence fragments wherever he can.

How do you think she did?

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Comments (12)

  1. toaonua

    …and Senator Buono did just fine. I’d LOVE to see her do a REAL in-depth interview (not the Hardball sound-bite type) with Maddow, Hayes, or Kornacki – 10 minutes with any of them and she’d really shine!

  2. mmgth

    Chris Matthews goes all “hardball” arbitrarily. He’ll hear out his “conservative” guests and respond agreeably even when going softball while basically arguing against their “conservative” talking points. Apparently a decision was made by Sen. Buono to remain low key and articulate and not be baited by Matthews talk over interruptions. I wanted to hear more of her and less of him. By the way, I don’t get the gift point and why a host of a political show can’t be criticized.      

  3. bluescat1

     I have been a fan of the show since it first aired but your treatment of Senator Barbara Buono leads me to think Scarborough gave you a call and told you to not let her get a word in. Come on Chris no wonder Christie has a large lead you guys are all in the tank for him. Barbara is a good person if only she could get her message out to the people, you treated her like she was up by 40 points. I am very disappointed.

  4. Jeff Gardner

    Is he always in such a hurry? I felt like I was watching a cooking segment where the host misjudged how long he/she has to finish the meal prep, and needs to race through before the cut to commercial. Weird.

    (Buono was good though.)

  5. Alex

    Chris Matthews likes to hear the sound of his own voice (and inane laugh) even on a good day. That means it’s difficult for others to get any points across. Just listen to him ask even one of his regular guests a question. He drones and on and allows the guest a few seconds to reply, often cutting them off. I suppose some find him entertaining. But informative? I’m not so sure.

  6. JeffO Teaneck

    Is so caught up in his “hard ball” brand that he doesn’t care enough whether he’s calling strikes or balls. “Answer my question!” doesn’t take into account that he’s the one who keeps changing the strike zone.

    The other problem is that he (1) really knows less about our swinishly behaved governor than most informed Jerseyites and (2) desperately wants to be able to point to a “good” Republican to bolster his fatuous (pun unintended but serendipitous) ideal of a Republican capable of genuine bipartisanship.

    So Buono came into that interview behind an outsized eight-ball. And all things considered, she did pretty well.

    And while I guess I’d rather see Lawrence O’Donnell give her the right-in soft balls than Chris Matthews give her the wild, off-the-mark “hard balls,” I’ll take either of them over creeps like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. But better yet, when in Rachel Maddow having her on?

  7. Babs NJSD

    It’s only spring training now! She’s gonna see hardballs, softballs, curves and knucklers. We need to help her build a GOTV infrastructure and start chipping away constantly at his advantage.

  8. firstamend07

    You have to earn TV time, it is not usually a gift.

    Chris Matthews gave Buono a gift,it is not right to attack him.

    Buono was seen by more people in these 5 minutes then in all of her previous career.

    Now she has to promote a message that will have others WANT her on their shows.

    She showed up,she  was OK,nothing memorable.  

    These red meat shows want something to sink their teeth into. She has to have attack points if she wants to survive.    

  9. deciminyan

    Here’s one. But you’re right. She needs more time on “mainstream” outlets.

  10. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    There’s going to be a big, bright spotlight on this race. It’s only just beginning. Remember, it’s April. Most of the people who will go to the polls in November in this contest haven’t even begun to think about it, read about it, or consider it beyond the most surface musings. Normal people aren’t like us; they don’t obsess about elections months in advance. They’re just starting to pay attention now.  

  11. deciminyan

    With only two gubernatorial elections this year, the cable channels will have to fill their air time with a small number of races. In Virginia, we have a former Syracusan running against a nut case, and in New Jersey we have David v Goliath. Both fodder for the 24 hour news cycle. And I’m glad you acknowledge that those of us who post here are not normal people. I agree entirely :)

  12. Erik Preuss

    I hope your right, but the mass media don’t typically spotlight races that are expected to be a rout. At the moment most people in both the conservative and liberal media think Christie is safe, as a result, I don’t think Buono will get nearly the same attention paid to her as say Christie did when he challenged Corzine.


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