Washington Post political writer Chris Cillizza definitively declared on Tuesday's Hardball that for the 2012 race, Barack Obama is "cool" and Mitt Romney is "not cool."
Host Chris Matthews, trying to prove his hipness, wondered aloud,
"Can you dig it?"
Fellow Post writer Nia-Malika Henderson then attempted to explain what the "kids" these days are saying. After a clip of Obama on the Jimmy Fallon show, Cillizza proclaimed, "The one thing that I would point out that I think is fascinating about this race...[Obama] is cool. Mitt Romney is not cool."
later attempted to soften his remark, insisting, "I don't mean it to
say pejoratively that Mitt Romney isn't cool. Barack Obama is, but they
are going to try and use that against him."
Matthews, whose cultural references often include movies from the '50s, dismissed Romney, "I mean, is that the least cool guy on the planet?"
Henderson gushed, "I think this cool factor, the kids would call it having swagger, is important to these young folks."
A transcript of the April 24th exchange, which aired at 5:43pm EDT, follows: