Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, is on the phone the day before his 69th birthday. Professionally, the Philadelphia native is celebrating 20 years as a cable news anchor, a milestone that MSNBC will note somewhat belatedly next month, around the same time he guest-stars as himself on "The Good Wife." That's a remarkable tenure, considering that TV is Matthews' third career, after stints as a political aide (including chief of staff for Rep. Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill) and as a newspaper columnist (for the San Francisco Chronicle).
Q: So you're a Christmas-season baby, born on Dec. 17. Good or a bad thing?