In 2008, Todd was great as a freewheeling political director and straight-man to Chris Matthews on MSNBC, but he's choking as NBC's White House correspondent. Now, he may get a chance for redemption.

Todd's wonky explanations of the primary calendar and superdelegates made him a fan favorite to replace Tim Russert as the host of Meet the Press, but that gig went to David Gregory, and Todd got the White House as a sort of consolation prize.

But now MSNBC's working on giving him a cable news platform from which to bring back some of that crazy talking-head magic we used to love so well. He will presumably be keeping the White House gig; the Observer has no other details.