What’s it gonna be? Your money or your life, Chris Matthews? The question raised by the slowly mounting calls (suggestions?) for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to pursue political office or punditry but not both (Matthews is reportedly looking into running in Pennsylvania, as a Democrat, for the U.S. Senate) is: What would be lost if Matthews took off his Hardball hat and threw it into Pennsylvania’s political ring? Is there someone else at MSNBC who could provide the rubbernecking-like anticipation of Foot-in-mouth-prone pundit reacting to breaking news involving persons other than white males; What might slip out this time? (Not to mention the rubbernecking-like anticipation of Two-left-footed pundit dancing with Ellen DeGeneres; What might slip up this time?)

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.