MSNBC’s Election Night: Gloating Cantor, ‘Hypnotized’ Bachmann (Video)
November 3, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—When it was clear last night that the Republicans had regained control of the House, the MSNBC election crew interviewed a number of Republican lawmakers to try and decipher what was at the top of their agenda for the new legislative session. Predictably, deficit hawks Reps. Eric Cantor (VA) and Marsha Blackburn (TN) refused to name a single program they would cut to reduce the federal debt, while calling for tax cuts on the very wealthy that would add $700 billion to the deficit. Blackburn spouted off about a plan to make across the board discretionary spending cuts, but most programs, including the military would be exempted. Cantor annoyingly smirked through his interview, while ludicrously promoting a return to 2008 spending as a deficit cure-all, while he gloated over the GOP wins. But the wacky mad as a hatter, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) provided the best comic relief last night, as she rattled off tea party GOP talking points, as if she was in a trance, that had nothing to do with Chris Matthews’ questions. The exasperated Mathews finally asked Bachmann if she was “hypnotized.”
First came Cantor’s gloating.
CANTOR: It’s good to be on MSNBC on a night like this.
MATTHEWS: I get your point.
CANTOR: Exactly Chris, that was for you.
And as a parting shot, Cantor said “Again, a pleasure to be on MSNBC tonight.”
Then came the kooky right-wing Bachmann, who once called on her supporters to slit their wrists to show their opposition to healthcare reform. While studiously avoiding Matthews’ questions about her plans for un-American investigations, she also got a dig in at the Hardball host for his leg tingles.
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you Congresswoman… 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 that you give me the same answer no matter what question I put to you.
BACHMANN: I think the American people are the ones that are finally are speaking tonight. We’re coming out of our trance. Really we’re coming out of our nightmare. So I think people are thrilled tonight. I imagine that thrill is probably maybe not quite so tingly up your leg any more. I’m not sure about that.
MATTHEWS: Your sign holder has already raised that issue.