Hey Matthews: Turn Off the Tingle, Please

I've got question for Chris Matthews. So what?

Watching President Obama today explaining and defending his budget, both the substance and the politics, I was struck by the question: could any of the possible Republican candidates out there do this? Does any one of them have the precision of mind, the command of recall, the orderly process of thinking and evaluating, the reasonable moral compass?

At the end of the day, how does it help us if Barack Obama is 50 times smarter than anyone who's ever held the office (as if a long list of Republicans like Newt, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush and Ron Paul, for starters, don't match up just fine against Obama intellectually). Whatever his intellectual skills, his presidency is still a disaster for the nation.

I’ve been in close quarters with the president twice. The first time I came to the conclusion that this guy ought to be president of the United States. There’s a peace to his presentation, a calm understanding of the information, of his values, of the world.

Why not send your Valentines directly to the White House and spare us your drivel, Chris?