Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

MSNBC is preparing hour-long documentaries on both presidential candidates. Naturally, it would like to include interviews of both.

Mitt Romney agreed to an interview. Chuck Todd conducted it yesterday.

But President Obama declined to be interviewed by MSNBC. Chris Matthews would have interviewed him, but will not get that thrill. Instead, he will settle for Joe Biden and David Axelrod, among others.

I’m sure both campaigns know what’s best for their man, but my first reaction was to wonder whether either candidate has the kind of judgment we want in a president. Romney is unlikely to get a fair shake from MSNBC. And even teams that are running out the clock don’t turn down a free touchdown.