Matthews on Hillary: "Dukakis in a Dress"

Don't expect to see Chris Matthews and Hillary Clinton dining tête à tête any time soon. On this evening's Hardball, he described her as "Dukakis in a dress."

The comment arose in the course of his interview of House Majority Leader John Boehner. The topic was McCain. Boehner, perhaps with a grain of reluctance, labelled McCain a "good guy." But Boehner cut Matthews short when he floated a scenario in which the GOP would turn to McCain as its candidate "if you see Hillary coming, if it looks like she's got up a head of steam."

Boehner: "Wait a minute. You know, if ifs and buts and were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas. I don't think she can win."

That's when Matthews got off his zinger:

"There are a lot of Democrats around the country who don't think she can win the general. And as a result, there are a lot of Democrats who are wondering 'why would we want to nominate someone who can't win?'"

"You hear it everywhere: 'Dukakis in a dress.' You hear all kinds of lines like that."

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