Hardball On MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews Matthews' yelling, yammering, leather-lung lug persona has been imitated so uncannily by "Saturday Night Live"'s Darrell Hammond that the… Hardball On MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews Matthews' yelling, yammering, leather-lung lug persona has been imitated so uncannily by "Saturday Night Live"'s Darrell Hammond that the… Chris Matthews MSNBC
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Chris Matthews | LET'S PLAY 'BALL' Matthews
LET'S PLAY 'BALL' Matthews
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On MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews Matthews' yelling, yammering, leather-lung lug persona has been imitated so uncannily by ''Saturday Night Live'''s Darrell Hammond that the ''Hardball'' host has dialed it down in recent months. Relishing his ''SNL'' notoriety but also smart enough to know he'd become his own caricature, Matthews is currently engaging in some good, feisty debates with a wide range of guests. Election years bring out the best in Matthews, a former House aide and speech-writer who's talented at explicating the motives of old-school politicians. He still does lame things like repeating the Howard Dean-screaming clip for the 4,000th time, but, like the good Catholic-school debater he was reared as, he also points out any illogic in anyone's point of view.

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Originally posted Jul 26, 2004 Published in issue #776 Jul 30, 2004 Order article reprints