The topic was behind-the-scenes maneuvering to get Caroline Kennedy appointed to the Senate seat New York's Hillary Clinton will be vacating to become secretary of state, but was Chris Matthews really talking about himself on Monday night's Hardball?

"I think everybody likes Caroline Kennedy and a lot of people want to protect her from the dirty business of - well, this s how," Matthews said, after some back and forth with a pair of guests about the rigors of being a senator. "Who wants to be taken apart here?"

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