Chris Matthews to Michele Bachmann: Are you hypnotized?

File photo of Sen. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) Someone is waving a pocket watch in front of her, hypnotically.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Sen. Bachmann, “Have you been hypnotized tonight?” (Photo Credit: Public Domain/U.S. Congress/Wikipedia; ThinkStock)

Election 2010 has come to a close, and as expected, there was a Republican resurgence in the House of Representatives, capped by Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) wresting Speaker of the House honors from Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) One memorable and unexpected moment was Chris Matthews’ MSNBC interview with victorious incumbent Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), writes Mediaite. After Bachmann dodged a question regarding subpoena power and Republicans going forward with investigations against Democrats for un-American activities several times, Matthews cut through Bachmann’s party-line response with perhaps the funniest line to come out of Election 2010: “Senator Bachmann, have you been hypnotized tonight?”

Michele Bachmann wanted no part of her own witch hunt

Election 2010 was an evening of victory for Republicans, so perhaps it is understandable that Michele Bachmann didn’t want to spoil the mood. As she told Matthews time and time again, the Republicans feel that “the American people have spoken” and that jobs and lower taxes are paramount now. However, Bachmann’s failure to even acknowledge Chris Matthews’ subpoena power question made for hilarious (some would say cringe-worthy) political television. A feisty commentator on such shows as “Hardball,” Matthews simply couldn’t let Michele Bachmann’s trance-like response go.

“Has someone hypnotized you? Because no matter what I ask you, you give the same answer,” he said. His MSNBC co-anchors – Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and others – could be heard chortling in the background.

‘Not quite so tingly on your leg’

Once Sen. Michele Bachmann (hypnotized or not) realized she could no longer press rewind and still save face in the interview, she made reference to the American people “coming out of their trance,” which was at least a partial recovery, suggested the pundits. Then she said to Matthews, “I think people are thrilled tonight. I imagine that thrill is probably maybe not quite so tingly on your leg anymore; I’m not sure about that.”

After the interview was complete, Matthews explained the tingly leg reference as follows. Apparently, during Chris Matthews’ coverage of the 2008 presidential election, he allegedly exclaimed that he felt a “tingle of excitement” when Obama spoke. Matthews denies having used the word “tingle,” but he does acknowledge having been excited.



Hypnosis and the tingle

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