Skip to comments.Chris Matthews' New Thrill? Hardball Hosts Flips and Praises 'Serious,' 'Informed' Bachmann
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:
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?
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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Looks like the Rats want a Mitt/Bachmann ticket.
If BHO should happen to lose. Just a new resident in the White house. There socialist agenda should not suffer
Its a way to split up both the Bachmann and Palin supporters into two groups, that way they both cancel out and Romney ends up with the nomination. The media hopes to play Michele like a fiddle, get her to trash Palin a little bit, that way us Palin supporters will hate Michele and refuse to vote for her, then its a clear path for Romney..its so easy to read the media..everything they do is to benefit their precious Obama
If you see Gov. Palin showing up as a guest on Huckabee’s show?????
That’s exactly what Matthews wants for you to do. He wants you to back way from her - it is called reverse psychology and I am amazed at how many people here he sucked in.
I agree. It's like the scene in Braveheart where the British are charging on horses towards Wallace's men during the Battle of Stirling. Wallace keeps telling his men to hold lifting the sticks until exactly the right moment. The tension was unbearable.
Sarah is a genius at politics and will pick the best time to enter. She will have an army of Patriots behind her.
If you missed the Bachmann campaign attacks on Palin this week, then you need to get on the net and catch up.
He will do anything to prevent Palin from getting the nomination. He knows she will take zero down by a landslide.
I like Bachmann also and want to give her a chance. Matthews is right, Bachmann wades into those liberal programs with no fear and aquits herself well. Palin should go on Hardball herself if she feels somehow Bachmann is getting too much attention over on MSNBC.
Oh I agree..the second she had her hired goon go after Palin, who has supported her for many years, I just got a bad feeling about her..I am not into the backstabbing, especially since Sarah isn’t the enemy here, she is not the one Michele or her goon should be going after. If Michele had gone after Romney, I would be fine with that since Romney is basically the white Obama, he is who the media wants to be the nominee, but going after Sarah was just wrong, if she was hoping to score points off of that it didn’t happen
Do you have reason to think that Palin has such thoughts?
Obviously a dig on Palin.
No. But then the Palin supporters on here shouldn’t complain about Matthews giving positive coverage to Bachmann.
To be honest, a number of responses on this thread are delusional, talking about how Palin couldn’t select Bachmann as VP with no executive experience. My goodness, Michelle has her law degree, was a tax lawyer and has been in Congress now for a few terms. All while helping the 23 or whatever children. And Bachmann has no fear of any interviews or interviewers unlike Palin.
I’d say she probably has more depth of real experience than Palin frankly.
I don’t think so. I think a lot of people need a reality check though, many seem to have bounced.
Libtards are great at using words that are not quantifiable. Are you a libtard?
So you were just posting absolute fantasy nonsense, I’m glad you own up to it, but why post nonsense at all.
The rat is Chris,Get out of the Communion Chris shame on you for being pro-abort.
Ah yes. The name calling now commences from a small group of Palinites since they have nothing else to fall back on when someone on this site isn’t drinking the kool aid.
What in Michelle Bachmann’s resume says to you “unqualified” on either an experience scale or a conservative political scale. She is as conservative as Palin and probably has more experience.
Where Palin has her beat is number of schools. Michelle only attended three schools and got three degrees compared to the six colleges Palin went to./ s
LOL Rollins made one comment one time, recanted it and two weeks youre still suckling that sow.
And you’re still covering for the fact that Bachmann has a Rollins as her manager. The fact she PICKED him in the first place says a lot about her. The fact she didn’t fire him when she had the chance, says even more.
How stupid can you be, in the poll released yesterday, Palin was #2, ahead of every declared candidate except Mitt. And Rollin’s thinks it’s a good idea to take on the grizz, WHEN SHE ISN’T EVEN IN THE FIGHT. WORLD CLASS STUPID.
Damn shame Bachmann has wasted all the education. She has NOTHING of substance in the US House to show for it. Facts is facts. Sorry you can’t deal.
Rollins is going to end up killing her career in politics.
Agree, CM should never be given post-time here.
Bachmann has no illusions about becoming POTUS in 2012. Her goal is to get enough attention and show enough money-raising to be picked as the VP running mate. And being a “balance” to whoever is the nominee (hoping this is not Palin or Pawlenty).
Bachmann’s goal is to win as a VP in 2012, and then win to POTUS in 2016. Merely becoming VP would be good enough for her ambitions.
It’s a perfectly sensible strategy, and it has a good chance of succeeding.
it’s easy... bachman and romney are working together to destroy the rest of the field and to form a romney bachman ticket later... like the reagan bush ticket but nothing like the reagan bush ticket... just rivals that will join to unite the party...
the misunderestimate the tea party peops...
I suspect President-elect Sarah Palin might settle for a VP with a whole career of military executive experience.
Think you nailed it on the head. I would love to see a Palin/Bachmann ticket now more than ever. LOL!
See post #6.
I think Michele is being used..she is being used by the press(by making her think they actually support her) and she is being used by that goon Rollins. Why would she pick someone who just in January said the exact same thing about her..Rollins called Bachmann “Not serious” back in January, why would she want that guy running her campaign. I think she is being set up..she thinks the media likes her now(I hope she knows the drill and will not fall into their trap) this is all a set-up to take Sarah out of the running, put Michele in, and at the end, screw her over so Romney ends up with the nomination. Even though I was skimming through the channels, saw a clip for Entertainment Tonight(That show is such a liberal love-fest) and they were talking about how Michele is the “New Sarah Palin” weird, how she can be the new Sarah Palin when the real one is still around..its obvious, they are trying to replace Sarah with Michele so at the end she gets the knife in the back by the press. Ive supported Michele and I think she is a good, decent person, her picking Rollins did rub me the wrong way because I dont take kindly to backstabbing, but she is being set-up and when she falls she is gonna fall hard
Chrissy was momentarily off his meds.
The leftist lice are praising and elevating Bachmann in an effort to discourage Palin from running. They will fail again.
Bachmann is to Palin as John the Baptist was to Jesus.
Bachmann is out there taking the flak and preparing the way.
Madame Palin shall make her grand entrance very soon, probably at the end of summer.
It was twice, and it was one week ago.
Chris is 5 pounds of crap in a 2 pound bag.
Why does everything have to be about 'you'?
(just kidding with ya!)
It would seem the real issue is why are staunch liberals claiming they love Bachmann?
Aren't most campaign managers 'backstabbing weasels'?
That would be true if one ignores the illegal voting, rigged voting machines, and the fact that the President is elected by the 'electoral college' and not the popular vote.
“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.”....
Bingo and Matthews couldn’t be more obvious about this. I’m surprised everyone here did not immediately pick up on what is the latest liberal tactic to choose the Rep. nominee.
Bachman is interested and announced her run. Palin owes it to her supporters to make up her mind. Either she wants to lead the country or she doesn't.
Palin has a fear of interviewers? Honey, there’s a big difference between fear and choosing not to be used as a ratings draw by people who stab you in the back on a daily basis.
I’m a Palin supporter and she doesn’t owe me anything. If/when she announces, it will be part of her larger strategy, not because some folks are whining on a political forum.
Matthews makes my point for me...was only a couple months ago he said Bachmann was even nuttier than Palin, heard him with my own ears.
He spent days beating her up, now he is considering voting for her...LOL you nutty people
He desperately wants MB to win the nomination, because it`s Palin that they fear.