MSNBC host Chris Matthews declared this week that Mitt Romney’s decision to run for president was “arrogant” and “showed a certain kind of disdain.”

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“I thought the decision by Romney to run for president, even as the president had not yet even been inaugurated, mayor, showed a certain kind of disdain,” Matthews said on “Hardball.” “I don’t want to get too much into his head on this – I don’t like the look of it – but he seemed to think, ‘Well, this guy could be beat by me.’”

Matthews said Romney is not a “first-rate politician” and that because of that he had an “arrogant point of view” thinking he could beat Obama. The host declared Romney “still has that arrogance.”

“I’ve got a message for Mitt Romney – I wouldn’t do any head games with Barack Obama,” former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown commented. “I don’t think he’s smart enough, I don’t think he’s clever enough and he clearly has no street about him at all. Obama will rise to the occasion and be the number one clear choice that he’s always been.”

Watch the clip below, via Mediaite:

(h/t Mediaite)