A published novelist and poet he writes in both English and Irish and has won prizes for his verse and fiction in both languages. A long-time teacher and sometime journalist he has an MA and PhD in English Literature. He is the sole author of this blog in its entirety.
This blog is NOT written by Chris Matthews. Chris Matthews has NOTHING to do with the blog in any way, shape or form except that I thought up the title by way of mocking his ridiculous "tingling leg" comment.
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MATTHEWS: I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.
Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address - January 11, 1989
I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it and see it still.
And how stands the city on this winter night?...[S]he's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home. We've done our part...We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger. We made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.