More JFK Silence from Chris Matthews

by Charles C. W. Cooke

Astonishingly, last night was the third night running on which Chris Matthews didn’t mention John F. Kennedy on Hardball. As I noted yesterday, Matthew’s sudden silence will, of course, have nothing to do with today’s publication of Once Upon a Secret, a new book by one of Kennedy’s former mistresses, Mimi Alford. Alford alleges that the 35th president,

“pimped her out,” forced her to take drugs, pressured her to have an (illegal) abortion when he thought she was pregnant, and regularly flew her in to Washington when his wife was away.

Nor is it more than a coincidence that Matthews, who has mentioned JFK or his book, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, pretty much every day since his book was published, stopped doing so at the exact moment that lurid tales about his hero hit the press.

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