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Chris Matthews' New Thrill? Hardball Hosts Flips and Praises 'Serious,' 'Informed' Bachmann
NewsBuusters ^ | 14 Jun 2011 | Scott Whitlock

Posted on 06/14/2011 5:49:23 PM PDT by mandaladon

What is Chris Matthews up to? The MSNBC anchor, who once trashed Michele Bachmann as a "zombie" and a "nutcase," on Tuesday praised the Congresswoman as "poised, informed and serious." Touting Bachmann's performance in Monday's Republican presidential debate, he gushed that the Representative did "great."

The Hardball host, who once battled with Bachmann and wondered if she was "hypnotized," hyped that the debate saw "the emergence of a star." He added, "[Bachmann] was, of course, created here. She came off as...poised, informed and serious. Could she be the candidate that Sarah Palin was supposed to be?"

In an amusing moment, Matthews prefaced a question to Jennifer Donahue of the Huffington Post by proclaiming, "I'm not an active Republican." Regular viewers of MSNBC probably already know that.

A partial transcript of the June 16 segment can be found below:

5pm

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Maybe the biggest story from last night was not Romney's cool or Pawlenty's retreat, but the emergence of a star, Michele Bachmann. She was, of course, created here. She came off as poised, informed, that's right, Gene, poised, informed and serious. Could she be the candidate that Sarah Palin was supposed to be?

5:19

MATTHEWS: Well, there's a woman, person, a friend not afraid of the mainstream media.

MICHAEL STEELE: That's right. She's not.

MATTHEWS: No hiding over in Fox land. First of all, what did you think of her performance last night? Because we all thought she was great.

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Something fishy about this...I smell a Rat.
1 posted on 06/14/2011 5:49:27 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Chris Matthews gets too much press here on FR. We should try ignoring him for awhile and figure out what it will take to get the right conservative in charge of him and his media realm, IMO.


2 posted on 06/14/2011 5:52:36 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: mandaladon
Oh yeah. This should give the Bachmann fans a real warm fuzzy.
3 posted on 06/14/2011 5:52:36 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: mandaladon

Michael Steele is on MSDNC now..what a disgusting rat he turned out to be..and yes I find it VERY suspicious that all of a sudden liberals love Michele Bachmann


4 posted on 06/14/2011 5:52:36 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: mandaladon

Simple enough - Matthews doesn’t think she can win.


5 posted on 06/14/2011 5:54:16 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

The fear of Palin.


6 posted on 06/14/2011 5:54:24 PM PDT by ajwharton (FL GOP Pollwatcher, ACORN-buster, now in NH!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
-"...all of a sudden liberals love Michele Bachmann"

Ok, everyone get's one guess on this....

7 posted on 06/14/2011 5:54:41 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: gov_bean_ counter

What does he know about Bachmann that will be used later to sink her candidacy? That I don’t trust him or the MSM is an understatement.


8 posted on 06/14/2011 5:55:29 PM PDT by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Rollins is in the process of destroying Michele Bachmann's future in the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Tea Partiers are pretty savvy as well. In fact I thought I just heard a collective WTH?

9 posted on 06/14/2011 5:55:39 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

What Matthews thinks of Bachmann has no effect on me. I’m not Chrissy’s puppet and anyone who is should stay home on election eve.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 5:55:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: mandaladon

Whatever the case with Matthews, you can bank on the fact that the hard line Marxists fear only one person.

And it’s not Bachmann.


11 posted on 06/14/2011 5:55:54 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Pray for Israel.)
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To: ajwharton

I think this is a ploy of making sure Sarah doesn’t get into the race..drive her out(She is the one they really fear) get Michele in, the second Michele is in, the media will destroy her, thus getting Romney to be the nominee and Obama getting re-elected..that is their plan


12 posted on 06/14/2011 5:55:59 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ajwharton

That’s part of it, for sure. Chrissy is trying to head mean ol’ Sarah off at the pass.


13 posted on 06/14/2011 5:56:27 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: mandaladon

How simple can the answer be..............by praising Bachman he is denigrating Palin.

At least he thinks he is. What an A-hole.


14 posted on 06/14/2011 5:57:22 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: ajwharton
-", now in NH!)"

Geezz! You're now 'behind enemy lines' (like me / NJ).

15 posted on 06/14/2011 5:57:31 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: mandaladon

Matthews is jumping on the train before it leaves the station. He has to skip his usual insults and acknowledge that Bachmann did well, as was the fact.


16 posted on 06/14/2011 5:57:44 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: PapaNew

DITTOS!


17 posted on 06/14/2011 5:58:18 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (VOTE out the RATS! Go Sarah!)
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To: cripplecreek
I really don't care what effect it has on you. But it will have an effect on Mrs. Bachmann. Rollins is destroying her behind the scenes.
18 posted on 06/14/2011 5:58:30 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: mandaladon

Simple.... they want Bachmann to run, NOT Palin.


19 posted on 06/14/2011 5:58:32 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: The Bronze Titan

There is no way all the Liberal Love today is a coincidence. MSNBC is the media wing of the White House. Got to hand it to them. It is pretty clever.


20 posted on 06/14/2011 5:59:02 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: gov_bean_ counter

LOL Rollins made one comment one time, recanted it and two weeks you’re still suckling that sow.


21 posted on 06/14/2011 6:00:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I like Bachmann, regardless of what Matthews says. I smell the onset of paranoia concerning Bachmann as a candidate.


22 posted on 06/14/2011 6:02:11 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: cripplecreek
Rollins is a weasel. If he has managed to convince Mrs. Bachmann that she can run with Mitt and retain her Tea Party Creds then he is destroying her future.

Frankly, I don't give a crap because I believe Mrs. Bachmann stepped in over her head when she left state politics.

23 posted on 06/14/2011 6:03:57 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Another caller today said the same thing to Rush on his program. I also think this is what is going on. A joint effort by all the media to push Bachmann in hopes that Palin will not run. Of course turn on Bachmann once she is up against Obama.

Something isn't right here and I hope Bachmann is smart enough to realize this unlike John McCain thinking that all of a sudden he's the media darling!

24 posted on 06/14/2011 6:05:32 PM PDT by classified
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To: mandaladon

The Rat is Matthews.


25 posted on 06/14/2011 6:06:51 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: mandaladon
It's just another piece of the "Anybody but Palin" meme pushed by every element of the Wash DC chapters of the MSM/Dims/GOP/Chamber of Commerce/Wall Street establishment.

They will attempt to stop her at every turn...and they are in agreement on this single thing only.

26 posted on 06/14/2011 6:11:29 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: cripplecreek
It's all conjecture at this point. But, adding up the Rollins hiring, Bachmann’s no attack policy on Romney, and the Liberal Love (all the sudden) being given to Bachmann does make one pause.

I know you're a Bachmann supporter and honestly, even though I don't see a way she can win the nomination, I've liked her too the past couple of years. I hope I'm wrong in thinking what I'm thinking.

As dumb as it sounds, Gretchen Carlson (Fox News) has known Bachmann since the early 70’s. She said they're still friendly and she also said (a month ago?) Bachmann is running for a VP slot. IDK. Time will tell.

27 posted on 06/14/2011 6:15:40 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: mandaladon

This brings to mind the quote that “even a broken clock is right twine a day”.


28 posted on 06/14/2011 6:18:20 PM PDT by rob777
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To: mandaladon

And he called conservative women “broads”...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2734811/posts

I love Michele but Sarah’s the one who threatens Obama.


29 posted on 06/14/2011 6:19:40 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: mandaladon

Wait. Is this a trick?


30 posted on 06/14/2011 6:20:10 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Rational Thought
I wonder if Governor Palin would require her VP candidate to have executive experience.
31 posted on 06/14/2011 6:20:30 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: mandaladon

Looks like all the libs are starting to make their picks of who looks like a possibility to win the nomination (with some media backing) BUT who, they assume, can’t beat Mr. obama.

They’re making their picks early this cycle, it seems.


32 posted on 06/14/2011 6:24:01 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Dunno...guess we’ll see if she ever decides to declare...til then ...pwhttttt....


33 posted on 06/14/2011 6:24:15 PM PDT by magritte ("There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself "Do trousers matter?")
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To: mandaladon

Danger, Will Robinson!

Matthews has the mind of a peanut... A very corrupt and rotten peanut.


34 posted on 06/14/2011 6:26:33 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: mandaladon
Anything to stop Palin. They finally figured out Sara Barracuda it going for the oval office.

They'll pump up Bachman, who has no political accomplishments, and denigrate Sarah who had a great but brief tenure as the chief exec.

35 posted on 06/14/2011 6:27:47 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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To: mandaladon

This has been a great week for Bachmann, she hired a high paid hit man in Ed Rollins, has adopted a Rollins strategy of attacking the conservative Palin and not attacking the liberal front runner Mitt Romney.

That strategy has suddenly won over much of the media to finally see something valuable in her worth as a candidate.

Unfortunately, my interest and the medias aren’t the same. There is something very shallow and back room political in Bachmann. I even have my suspicions of her and Cantor, who is part of the Romney machine.


36 posted on 06/14/2011 6:30:01 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
I think that would be a plus, but not required. It's still early and we're just now seeing some pieces of the puzzle starting to fall into place. We still don't know who all the players will be. Bachmann is one story. But I'm more curious about Huckabee with kind words for Palin. What a change that is.

Based on some of the stories today, my feeling is there is a lot happening behind the scenes.

37 posted on 06/14/2011 6:34:38 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: mandaladon

I believe that the GOP (and in turn the MSM) wants to pit Governor Palin and Michele Bachmann against each other. I think Rollins is part of this, as he not-so-long-ago said very unflattering things about Mrs. Bachmann. I trust him about as far as I can throw Chris Matthews down the elevator shaft. (Oh, I’m sorry—was I smiling on that last sentence?)

I think the GOP (fueled by the MSM) wants the public to think that there is friction between the two women, and that this appearance of a feud or “catfight” will be off-putting and tarnish BOTH women with the voters. They want Romney to hover above the “fray” and look like the serious candidate who will get things done.

The GOP elite hate both women—Governor Palin is well aware of this; I just hope that Michele Bachmann can smell the stench as well. I would love it if SP and MB were plotting against the establishment, themselves.

Hey, maybe they are! ;^)


38 posted on 06/14/2011 6:36:50 PM PDT by Shelayne (We need a Netanyahu! Instead we're stuck with the "yahu".)
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To: Rational Thought
Posted on a different thread...

At some point Bachmann turned on Palin. I am beginning to wonder if Rep Bachmann approached Gov Palin about a potential slot on her ticket (should she run) and was rebuffed due to her lack of executive experience.

39 posted on 06/14/2011 6:38:32 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: mandaladon
State-controlled media isn't going to choose our candidate this time.

Sarah is biding her time. When she gives us the signal, we'll know what to do.

40 posted on 06/14/2011 6:38:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: Rational Thought
Gov Palin is a systems thinker. I believe if she thought a presidential candidate should have executive experience it is reasonable that she would have the same expectation of her VP (in case the unspeakable happened).
41 posted on 06/14/2011 6:41:09 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: ajwharton

Agree. This is more about Sarah than Bachman.


42 posted on 06/14/2011 6:41:31 PM PDT by riri
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To: mandaladon

All they have to do is look here on FR. He is trying to create strife and infighting within the GOP.

Ignore him. He needs to spend some time worrying about his girl Obama.


43 posted on 06/14/2011 6:45:30 PM PDT by dforest
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Your not thinking of a former southern Governor are you?


44 posted on 06/14/2011 6:45:40 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: ansel12

When did Bachmann attack Palin?


45 posted on 06/14/2011 6:47:27 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: mandaladon

Because she’s not Sarah.


46 posted on 06/14/2011 6:47:27 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Rational Thought

I wasn’t, but now that you mentioned it. Lord, I hope not, but...


47 posted on 06/14/2011 6:48:13 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Yep


48 posted on 06/14/2011 6:48:35 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: gov_bean_ counter

LOL!!!


49 posted on 06/14/2011 6:50:32 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Rational Thought

You! Go to your room! :)


50 posted on 06/14/2011 6:52:14 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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