The following exchange occurred during the November 1 edition of The Chris Matthews Show:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: He's hung back at a point that's almost driven us crazy. He has let Harry Reid carry the ball.-Geoffrey Dickens is the senior news analyst at the Media Research Center.!-break->
HOWARD FINEMAN, NEWSWEEK: Well Chris one of the things-
MATTHEWS: Is that smart?
FINEMAN: I think it may turn out to be. I've been like you, all over cable TV, saying, "How come he isn't out there pounding away at this? He ought to do it like Ronald Reagan and have four points and pound!"
MATTHEWS: Right. Right.
FINEMAN: That's not Barack Obama.
MATTHEWS: I know.
FINEMAN: He is, one of his great qualities, whether you like him or not, is patience. And he's playing a very patient game here.
MATTHEWS: Howard is he smarter, Howard is he smarter than us?
FINEMAN: Of course he is! Much smarter!