Chris Matthews & Michele Bachmann: Manners Are a Dying Art


chris matthews michele bachmannNow that the mid-term election is over, can we please revisit the cringe-worthy moment when MSNBC host Chris Matthews asked Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann if she was "hypnotized"?

The general consensus is that Bachmann bested Matthews by blatantly sidestepping his confrontational questions about whether she would subpoena members of Congress in an investigation of un-American thinking. Moreover, her supporters were gleeful that she got revenge on the host who had embarrassed her on his show a couple years prior.

But I'm actually appalled at both Matthews' and Bachmann's behavior during the awkward exchange. It was practically a contest of who could be the rudest. Does no one have manners anymore?

Matthews' behavior was indefensible: He repeatedly pressed Bachmann on the un-American question and became visibly frustrated when she wouldn't bite, ultimately resorting to this childish rant:

Let me ask you something Congresswoman Bachmann, are you hypnotized tonight ... Has someone hypnotized you? Because no matter what I ask you you give the same answer. Are you hypnotized? Has someone put you under a trance tonight?

But Bachmann herself is no bastion of etiquette. I can't fault her for sidestepping his (what she perceived to be) ridiculous questions, but the fact that she was on the show in the first place is irritating. She clearly wanted to go on just to gloat -- as evidenced by the "How's the Tingle" sign in the background and her "that thrill is maybe not so tingly on your leg anymore" jab. (Both refer to Matthews' comment in 2008 that he "got a thrill up my leg" when listening to a speech by President Obama.)

With so many serious issues confronting our country, is it too much to ask that those who make our laws and those who bring us the news about those laws could at least act respectable and maybe even grow up?

Who do you think was most out of line during this exchange: Matthews or Bachmann?

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nonmember avatar Jenny

Is there any question?


DebaLa DebaLa

Hypnotized? No. But I think maybe she responded like she was Miss Minne-SO-ta in the Miss America pageant for the Q & A segment. Except for the World Peace part.

Keith is right: Chris DID give her the benefit of the doubt.

Jaime Geerdts Regnas

Chris Matthews is no journalist- i wouldn't trust him with a ten foot pole! What a dink! She put him in his place!

nonmember avatar laura

Matthews is always rude and condescending to conservatives. It's MSNBC, what can you expect?

bills... billsfan1104

Matthews was rude and nasty. And then to have Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann laughing in the background, made it worse. So why is it, when she fights back, its rude and nasty, but what Matthews did to a sitting congresswoman, was unacceptable. He wouldnt of done that to Pelosi, or any democrat woman. Why is it ok, for him to do it to a Republican.

Ramez Faza

I doubt that any one was watching MSNBC. Chris Matthews and that entire network, is not worth having on the Air. The anger and frustration demonstrated by him shows the lack of professionalism, which he shares with the other morons on that network. Comcast will soon make a change.

nonmember avatar Michael DeMarco

Matthews was his usual condescending, arrogant self. I think Michelle Bachman handled herself eloquently. MSNBC should fire him for his repeated rudeness to conservative guests.

kerp1960 kerp1960

While  I am not usually a fan of Chris MAtthews, I can kind of see why he is not that "mannerly"  in dealing with Michele Bachman. She is an embarassment to all thinking Minnesotans.SHe hasn't fooled me. SHe is a Loon.

nonmember avatar Luis

Matthews showed again lack of class as any obsessed Obama lover does. He descended to a new low trying to make fun of a congresswoman instead of doing serious journalism. It backfire when she put him in his place. Is his leg tingling?

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