Matthews: Whites are ‘willing’ to support Obama in the same way they ‘root for black athletes.’

Last night on Hardball, host Chris Matthews sought to give Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) some “advice” on how to get white Americans to vote for him for president:

MATTHEWS: You got to talk like a firebrand because if you‘re carrying their fight for them, they‘re going to like you. You know, a lot of white people root for black athletes because they‘re winning for the home team. People are quite willing to pick up black heroes, if they‘ll win for their side.

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Matthews has previously said of Obama: “This gets very ethnic, but the fact that he’s good at basketball doesn’t surprise anybody.”

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