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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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Chris Matthews: Democrats Don't Want to Stop Illegal Immigration Because They 'Like It' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 29th 2010 6:30PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays 5PM ET on MSNBC), Chris Matthews addressed the current debate over illegal immigration to the United States, chiding both Democrats and Republicans for not presenting serious solutions to the problem.

However, he reserved his most pointed words for the Democrats:

"I don't even think (Democrats) want to stop (illegal immigration)," Matthews argued. "That's my belief so far. I think they like it."

It was surprising to hear Matthews, who's been fairly left of center over the last few years, express this opinion. Then again, Matthews practically demanded that Obama produce his real birth certificate earlier in the week. So maybe he's planning on letting his famous bluntness trump ideology more in the new year.

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Chris Matthews: Why Doesn't Obama Release His Orginal Birth Certificate? (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 28th 2010 6:30PM
Chris Matthews is no birther, but he still found himself asking the same question raised by many who doubt Barack Obama was born in the U.S.

"I am not a birther, I am an enemy of the birthers," Matthews made clear on 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC), before pointing out that the only Obama birth certificate that has been made public is not the original, but rather a digitized document that doesn't have any signatures and may contain less information.

"Why has the president himself not demanded that they put out the initial documents?" Matthews asked.

As was later pointed out on the show, Obama's birth was announced at the time in two Hawaii papers. So if he was born in Kenya, as the birthers suggest, we're talking about a deception that began an improbable 49 years ago.

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Chris Matthews Thinks Sarah Silverman Could Beat Sarah Palin in Florida (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 23rd 2010 6:17PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET) Chris Matthews reported the results of a poll that pitted potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin against Barack Obama in the always crucial state of Florida

As has been a trend in such polls, Palin badly trailed Obama (52--38), doing significantly worse than the other three hypothetical GOP "hopefuls."

"I think Sarah Palin's not too good down there (in Florida)," Matthews concluded. "Anyway, Sarah Silverman could beat her down there."

Since Matthews brought it up, here are some other Sarahs it would be fun to match Sarah Palin up against: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah, Duchess of York, and -- why not -- Sarah Lawrence College.

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Chris Matthews Uses Scene From 'Love Actually' to Demonstrate How 'Prickish' the GOP Is (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 22nd 2010 4:20PM
After reading a quote from Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, in which he vowed to only negotiate with Barack Obama "if the president is willing to do what we think is in the best interest of the American people," Chris Matthews used a tactic generally reserved for Glenn Beck and played his 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays 5PM ET on MSNBC) audience a movie clip.

"I've seen (this) about a million times," Matthews exaggerated, before playing the scene from 'Love Actually' in which the U.S. president, played by Billy Bob Thornton, tells the British prime minister, played by Hugh Grant, "I'll give you anything you ask for, as long as it's not something I don't want to give."

"Well that prickish comment from him is exactly seeming what the Republican strategy is," Matthews argued.

If Matthews thought that was prickish, he should check out Thornton in 'Mr. Woodcock.'

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'Hardball' Wonders If John McCain Has Become the 'Male Version of Sarah Palin' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 21st 2010 6:00PM
John McCain was once the toast of the establishment media, for the maverick-y ways the Republican senator often bucked GOP orthodoxies.

These days, McCain has positioned himself as a right-wing standard bearer, with his strident opposition to "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and a new, harder line on illegal immigration.

On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews,' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC), establishment media types Richard Wolffe and Michelle Bernard bemoaned McCain's conversion.

"Here's a guy who taunted candidate Obama saying 'you've never bucked your party,' " Wolffe said to Matthews. "What's (McCain) doing now? He's the far right guy."

"Absolutely," MSNBC regular Bernard agreed. "He has gone so far right ... he has become his former vice presidential nominee, he has become the male version of Sarah Palin."

Does this mean we'll soon be seeing 'John McCain's Arizona' on TLC? Coyotes beware!

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Chris Matthews Finds Michele Bachmann's Presence on House Intelligence Committee Hilarious (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 21st 2010 12:40AM
Chris Matthews, who has made his displeasure with Michele Bachmann known in the past, cackled with laughter on "Hardball" (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) when he received a news flash that the Minnesota congresswoman had been appointed to the congressional intelligence committee.

"Congressmen Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has been named to the Intelligence Committee," Matthews read.

"What genius, Howard (Fineman), thought this was the perfect match?" Matthews wondered, his laughter making it clear he believes Bachmann lacks the prerequisite to serve on the intelligence committee.

"I have no comebacks," Fineman responded, as Matthews continued to laugh. "That speaks for itself."

Nobody is ever going to accuse Matthews of shying away from the easy joke.

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Chris Matthews Calls Out Female Republican Politicians For Double Standard on John Boehner's Tears (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 17th 2010 2:30PM
On 'Hardball' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Chris Matthews called on conservative political figures Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell -- all of whom have questioned the manhood of Democrat politicians in the past with phrases like "put on your manpants" -- to weigh in on John Boehner, the quick-to-cry rising Speaker of the House.

"Now, their numero uno, the man in charge, the stud duck of the Republican Party, the man right at the front is Mr. Tears, lonely tear drops, and they got no problem with it," Matthews complained.

Matthews probably has a really good point somewhere about double standards and the blindness of partisanship but, really, once he uses awesomely awkward and archaic phrases like "stud duck" and "lonely tear drops" we're just left to marvel at his wordsmanship.

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Pat Buchanan Actually Argues That Only Property Owners Should Be Allowed to Vote (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 8th 2010 6:25PM
Last week, Judson Phillips, president of the Tea Party Nation, stated that he believes it makes sense to limit voting rights to only Americans who own property.

It's a bizarre position that would move the country backwards nearly 200 years, and because it's not an idea anyone takes seriously, Phillips' statement didn't get much attention in the mainstream press. But on 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC), Matthews found someone who was willing to offer Phillips lukewarm support: the always-interesting Pat Buchanan.

"When I was out in St. Louis (in my younger days) and I was renting, I didn't bother voting and stuff, I was having a good time," Buchanan recalled. "And the people who lived there and owned houses were really concerned about schools and about traffic and they really got concerned in the community, and there is no doubt they were better citizens of the community than I was."

There's no chance America would ever adopt restrictions on voting based on property ownership -- but he he does see the logic in it. He also added that Phillips shouldn't be dismissed as a nut. We're not so sure.

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Chris Matthews Tells Christian Conservative Leader to Spank Colleague (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 30th 2010 6:30PM
Fairly or unfairly, a series of scandals have created the impression among some that the leaders of the Christian conservative movement can be a little kinky behind closed doors.

It seems like Chris Matthews is of that opinion, as evidenced by a rather strange suggestion he made to Tony Perkins, the president of the right-wing Christian lobbying organization The Family Research Council.

Perkins was on 'Hardball' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) to clarify statements made by Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the FRC, which seemed to suggest the FRC is in favor of making gay sex illegal through the court system. Not so, said Perkins, adding that the FRC is against any criminalization of gay behavior.

"Tony, you're always welcome here," Matthews told Perkins. "Now go back and spank Peter Sprigg for saying the wrong thing on this show, because he said the opposite of what you said."

"We don't do that either," responded Perkins, sounding a bit like someone who'd had to make that clear before.

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Chris Matthews Still Thinks Michelle Bachmann is Under Hypnosis (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 24th 2010 4:05PM
Chris Matthews began pushing the theory that outspoken Republican Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann could be under some sort of hypnosis after the two of them sparred on election night.

On 'Hardball' (Weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Tuesday, Matthews picked up on this again, after playing a clip of Bachmann defending her comments that Barack Obama is anti-American.

"Look at her eye contact," Matthews said, after the clip was over. "I asked, when we had her on election night, if she's under hypnosis. She doesn't answer the questions, she looks straight ahead in a Zombie-like manner, like she's waiting for somebody to flash a card, like in 'The Manchurian Candidate.'

"This kind of bizzaro behavior," Matthews continued. "When you come off as Moonie-like, if you will."

Hypnosis, zombie-like, Manchurian candidate, bizzaro, Moonie-like. Maybe some day Matthews will tell us how he really feels about Bachmann.

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Chris Matthews Reveals Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Alex Sink's Lie on 'Hardball' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 28th 2010 3:25PM
Earlier this week, Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink was caught checking a smart phone during a commercial break in her debate with Republican Rick Scott. This violated an agreement the candidates had made about not checking any electronic devices during the debate.

On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weeknights, 5PM ET on MSNBC) Wednesday, Matthews asked Sink about the incident, and she offered this explanation.

"What happened was ... the make-up artist held up her phone and said, 'I just got this message. I don't know who it's from.'"

"So I looked at it because, you know, I'm a mom. My instinct is, my daughter's in Europe. I don't know who this message is from, I glance at it, I didn't understand ... what it was, so I just Ignored it."

But, as Matthews revealed on Thursday's show, Sink knew exactly who it was from. CNN boosted the audio from the raw feed, and it revealed that the message was from Brain May, who was actually the worker from Sink's campaign who negotiated the debate's no electronic correspondences rule!

But, hey, if you are going to lie about cheating, you may as well go all out and include a reference to motherhood in your made-up story.

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Chris Matthews Makes Chuck Todd Visibly Uncomfortable By Declaring MSNBC Is For Democratic Voters (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 27th 2010 4:57PM
On Hardball With Chris Matthews,' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews made an observation about the political affiliation of most MSNBC viewers which made fellow MSNBC pundit Chuck Todd appear visibly uncomfortable.

It was during a discussion of how to watch next Tuesday's mid-term election, and Todd had made the point if the Democrats win the West Virginia Senate race, which should be called by nine o'clock, it means the GOP has almost no chance of taking over the Senate.

"You might be in a very good mood by nine o'clock if you're a Democrat watching MSNBC," Matthews proclaimed. "Which you will be (watching) if you're a Democrat. Just a guess."

"Is that right," Todd said, lowering his voice an octave and looking down sheepishly.

That MSNBC's viewership is made up mostly of those who lean left is a pretty non-controversial statement of fact. Why Todd seemed uneasy with it being verbalized probably reflects the feelings of a lot political analysts about this increasing polarization of media.

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Chris Matthews Tries to Figure Out Why the Obama Administration Thinks Mike Huckabee Will Be GOP Nominee in 2012 (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 14th 2010 4:45PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews and Howard Fineman discussed a New York Times report that the Obama White House expects Mike Huckabee to be the GOP nominee for president in 2012.

Neither Fineman or Matthews seemed particularly convinced that Huckabee would actually emerge from the primaries, so they tried to think of reasons why the Obama Administration would want people to think that he would.

"Huckabee is probably one of the people they are least afraid of," was Fineman's theory.

Matthews had a different take:

"My producers believe that the reason they are doing this is they are setting (Huckabee) up as the reasonable conservative, so when he fails. . . when someone wilder and crazier ( is nominated) they'll be able to say, 'It's too bad they didn't run a more reasonable man like Mike Huckabee.'"

Or maybe the White House is just trying to tweak notorious Huck-a-phobe Ann Coulter.

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Chris Matthews Wonders If Rich Iott's Nazi Reenactment Was Homoerotic (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 12th 2010 5:55PM
Rich Iott, a Republican running for congress in Ohio's ninth district, has been universally condemned for his bizarre, troubling hobby of dressing up like a Nazi SS soldier with a group called 'The Vikings.' On 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews discussed Iott's hobby with Joshua Green -- 'The Atlantic' writer who broke the story.

But instead of focusing on the inherent anti-semitism of Iott's behavior, Matthews veered off in a different direction, wondering aloud: "Was this some kind of homoerotic thing they do they put on these uniforms and dance around?"

Green decided not to touch that potential angle of the story. However, if Matthews wants someone to discuss the homoerotic implications of playing dress up and parading about, he could always get in touch with Carl Paladino, who has some strong opinions on the subject.

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