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Chris Matthews Rips Tea Party for Allowing "Balloon Head" Michelle Bachmann to Speak for Them (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 26th 2011 6:00PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC), Chris Matthews played a tape of a speech Michelle Bachmann had made, in which the Minnesota congresswoman greatly exaggerated the role the founding fathers had in ending slavery.

Then he confronted Tea Party strategist Sal Russo, who's movement chose Bachmann to give their response to the State of the Union address, with the contents of the tape.

"Why do you put someone like this forward, who is a balloon head," Matthews asked. "Who knows no American history. It's a ridiculous decision you guys have made. Do you know how little this women knows about American history?"

When Russo didn't address what Bachmann had said in the tape, Matthews became enraged.

"Did you just hear that stuff," he yelled at Russo. "Did you just hear her? Do you want me to play it again? We could rub it in, Sal. It's horrendous!"

A recent statistical analysis by the Hollywood Reporter has found that MSNBC has made more mentions of Sarah Palin than the other cable news networks. As Palin's relevance fades, it appears the station (and Matthews in particular ) has found a new conservative bogeywoman to passionately cover .

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