11 Out of 12 Pundits Agree: Obama Must Move to the Right

On his weekend NBC show, Chris Matthews regularly posts a question to 12 regular pundit/journalists–what he calls “The Matthews Meter.” This Sunday (3/14/10), the question was: “Should Obama Move to the Center Instead of the Left as a Reelection Strategy?”

Matthews explained it on the show:

Let’s go to the bottom line. We took it to The Matthews Meter, 12 of our regulars. What’s the smartest political route for Obama right now, play to the center or to the left? Well, no contest here. Eleven say play to the center; just one says go left.

That’s about asclear a statement of the political bias of the corporate press corps as you’re likely to see. The advice for Democrats is always the same–move to the right.

The discussion ofwhy this would bea good strategy was about as convincing as the advice itself; onehighlight was Matthews asking of Obama: “Do you think he’s as good at faking it as Bill Clinton was? Can he pretend to be a centrist?”

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.