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Rachel Maddow's Chris Matthews Moment: "I Am Vibrating Off My Seat" With Excitement

by Alex Moaba, posted May 19th 2010 1:21PM
Excitement was in the air Tuesday night on the cable news channels as a mini-Super Tuesday saw Senate primary battles going on Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas, with a special election in Jack Murtha's former Congressional seat in upstate Pennsylvania. It was as if Christmas had come early for the anchors hosting the coverage, who were so pumped up they could barely contain themselves. At the end of 'Countdown' (weeknights, 8PM ET on MSNBC), as Keith Olbermann was tossing his show over to 'The Rachel Maddow Show,' Maddow went on a riff about how excited she was to be covering real elections again.

Describing her enthusiasm, she told Keith she was having "election night sweats," and that she was "vibrating off my seat at a height of about six inches." Olbermann visibly struggled not to burst out laughing, and instead warned Rachel that she was "getting into Matthews territory here," a reference to his co-host's infamous "I feel a thrill running up my leg comment" after listening to a Barack Obama speech. Always self-deprecating, Rachel laughed it off and told Keith she appreciated the warning.

It was a highly entertaining, off-the-cuff moment that gave some insight into the personal dynamics behind the scenes at the network. We only wish the camera had cut to a reaction shot from Matthews, who was on set, and probably none too pleased about Olbermann referencing the quote that he's been trying -- unsuccessfully -- to outrun since the '08 election.

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