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Ellen explains how dancing with MSNBC’s host of “Hardball” Chris Matthews got out of hand.

If Chris Matthews has indeed talked to Democrat Party consultants about facing off against incumbent Pennsylvania GOP Senator Arlen Specter he should relinquish his “Hardball” Show.

The Patriot News reports the MSNBC host is “continues to talk with top Democrats about the possibility” of running for Senate in 2010 against Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn.

Matthews, 62, met with Democratic State Committee Chairman T.J. Rooney and executive director Mary Isenhour in Washington, D.C. “to discuss the logistics involved in a Senate run. Isenhour said she left that meeting convinced Matthews has not made up his mind about running.”

Would Matthews make the best candidate against Specter who is OLD and had cancer for years now?

Who knows?

But, it is unlikely his show can be viewed as impartial, particularly in this Senate race until Matthews makes up his mind whether to run or not. Of course, he would rather “milk” his announcement and stay on the tube as long as he can.

NBC News should force his hand.

In or out, Chris?

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Sarah Palin in Georgia

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, waves to a crowd during a campaign stop for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 in Savannah, Ga.

You betcha Sarah Palin is popular with the GOP crowd in Georgia.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lent her rock-star status to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss this afternoon in a state fly-around that GOP strategists hope will help put Chambliss over the top in Tuesday’s Senate runoff against Democrat Jim Martin.

Palin was greeted by cheers of “Sarah! Sarah!” in what is decidedly Republican country: south Houston County. More than 2,700 people RSVP’d for the rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, one of several appearances for the duo today across Georgia. Meanwhile, Martin is mustering his own strength for Tuesday’s runoff, appearing in Macon this afternoon with veterans and in Atlanta this evening with rap star Ludacris.

And, where is Obama?

Barry lent his “organizers” but not his own political Capital.

‘Cuda 1 – Barry 0 – providing Chambliss wins.

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Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder

Eric Holder walks with Caroline Kennedy on Capitol Hill in Washington. Holder is President-elect Barack Obama’s Attorney General Designee, June 25, 2008.

With Hillary going to the State Department who replaces her in the Senate?

New York Gov. David Paterson will make the call — the first time a New York governor has had to make the call since Rockefeller picked Charles Goodell after Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Paterson was out with a statement today (in full after the jump) after Clinton was named Secretary of State, saying, in part, that he was “proud” of Clinton and that New York was losing a “powerful voice.”

On replacing her, Paterson said he is “consulting with a wide variety of individuals from all across New York State. I expect to announce Senator Clinton’s replacement when the position becomes officially vacant.”

Several names have been floated, including state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of former popular Gov. Mario Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, U.S. Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand, Brian Higgins, Nydia Velazquez, Jerrold Nadler, Nita Lowey (who reportedly wants to stay in the House), Steve Israel, Gregory Meeks and Louise Slaughter, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (the city’s first black mayor) and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. Even NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s and Caroline Kennedy’s names have been thrown out there.

Flap says Caroline Kennedy fits the bill. Wasn’t it, after all, her Uncle’s former seat?

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is running for California Governor. The race is in 2010 but Newsom is already gearing up for the campaign.

Today, the good Mayor, a champion of gay marriage in California, releases his State of the City addressall 7 1/2 hours of it.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has been crafting his State of the City speech for months and will debut it today – all 7 1/2 hours of it – on his very own YouTube channel.

The format allows the tech-savvy mayor – who has more than 10,000 Facebook friends and whose official Web site has received 27.6 million hits this year – to reach a wider audience and speak directly to anyone who’s interested without the filter of the media or grumbling from critics.

“We have a lot we want to share, but it gets filtered,” Newsom told The Chronicle. “To do an address that’s unfiltered, what better way to do it than on YouTube?”

It also allows the wonky, long-winded Newsom to leave no detail on the cutting-room floor. The mayor’s staff will release the speech in 10 chapters this week, and each one is about 45 minutes long. Health, education and the environment are the subjects on tap for today.

There you go: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom – “Whether You Like it or Not.”

And, believe Flap, should Newsom make it out of the Democrat primary election (he won’t) the video below would be played over and over again.

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