On the syndicated Chris Matthews show over the weekend, Chris
Matthews praised Barack Obama for earning another "big feather" in his
cap for getting his Wall Street reform bill passed and then went on to
ask his panel if all of the other overbearing, big government laws
signed in his term would lead to victory for the Democratic Party in
the fall. Just before closing his show Matthews posed the following big
question to HDNet's Dan Rather, the BBC's Katty Kay, CNN's Gloria
Borger and the Politico's John Harris: "Will the President's
legislative success with the stimulus, with health care, with Wall
Street reform and maybe even an energy bill be a net positive or
negative for his party this fall?"
The following are their individual responses as aired on the June 27 Chris Matthews Show:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Welcome back. This week another big feather in Barack Obama's cap - Wall Street reform. Which brings us to our big question. Will the President's legislative success with the stimulus, with health care, with Wall Street reform and maybe even an energy bill be a net positive or negative for his party this fall? Dan Rather?
DAN RATHER, HDNET: Slight positive.
KATTY KAY, BBC: Net positive.
GLORIA BORGER, CNN: I'm with Dan, slight positive.
JOHN HARRIS, POLITICO: Positive. Takes away the Jimmy Carter ineffectual argument.
MATTHEWS: Wow! Slight positive. Maybe just solid positive.
-Geoffrey Dickens is the Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here