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03/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chris Matthews: 'I Voted For Michael Steele'

Tonight on Hardball, Chris Matthews admitted to John Heilemann and Michael Scherer that he voted for newly-minted RNC Chairman Michael Steele when Steele ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland against Ben Cardin in 2006.

Nothing wrong with that, of course. Steele's enjoyed broader-than-average appeal throughout his political career, and media people, like everyone else, have to vote for someone.

Still, is it not notable that Matthews just nonchalantly tossed out that he had voted for the new chairman of the Republican Party? Would he not draw a fresh round of castigation from the right if he just up and talked about voting for Obama?

Of course, right before this admission, Matthews was all but begging the GOP to cast Sarah Palin as their standard-bearer, so it's not like he didn't try to boost the Democratic party's future electoral chances.

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