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More Matthews vs. Jindal

For some reason, Chris Matthews had it in for Gov. Jindal after Jindal’s comment on MTP regarding the train from Las Vegas to Anaheim.  Here he is last night talking to Republican Sen. John Ensign from Nevada, revealing the reason:  Matthews loves himself some high-speed trains:

MATTHEWS:  OK.  Will you be helped by the economy—will the economy of Nevada be helped by that new rail line from LA, north of LA to Las Vegas?

ENSIGN:  It certainly won‘t in the next couple of years because…

MATTHEWS:  But will it help you ultimately?

ENSIGN:  Ultimately, if it was built.  I‘d rather see it built with private money, and there‘s private investors out there that have been talking to me for the last couple of years.  They actually want to get their own high-speed rail going without government assistance.  And so I don‘t know that the money was needed, you know, for that.  I believe in infrastructure, but this was not necessarily infrastructure that we needed.

MATTHEWS:  Well, I believe in high-speed rail.  I‘m completely with you on that, Senator.  I just wish these guys would start building those railroads.  Thank you very much, Senator John Ensign of Nevada.

Now we’ve moved the train station out of Anaheim all together to “north of LA.”  

And later on, Matthews leaves all objectivity aside when he tell Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller that he “rooting for him” to get health care passed.  (Which Rockefeller doesn’t think will happen):

MATTHEWS:  I know. 

Let me get to something—let me get to something we started with.  It‘s very important to me.  Do you believe that he can get health care done this year? 

ROCKEFELLER:  I think that‘s not entirely likely, but it is not improbable. 

It depends on how the sequencing works.  If we catch fire in our—in our health care planning, and we suddenly come upon a series of things to do with long-term care and universal, you know, health care, not national, but universal health care for everybody, if we catch fire on that, we meet minds all of a sudden, it‘s not like the early ‘90s, but it‘s a new urgency, yes, we could get it done. 

I‘m not saying we will.  I‘m not betting on it, but we could. 

MATTHEWS:  Well, I‘m rooting for you. 

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