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Chris Matthews: Michele Bachmann Running For President Would Add To “Showcase Of Cartoon Characters”

Chris Matthews suggested that the topic of Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann taking steps to seriously consider running for President was like “shooting fish in a barrell.” With the help of Howard Fineman and Ron Reagan, Matthews wondered if he should feel guilty for helping to build Bachmann into the force she has become and Reagan said, in a word, “yes.”

Fineman stated that Bachmann loves the limelight and despite the fact that many in Washington don’t take her seriously, she is very appealing to voters in Iowa. Therefore, Fineman predicts Bachmann will definitely run, and Matthews seems to agree, but only because then she can be the most exciting and attractive candidate during the debates. Especially since Bachmann’s personal story is more compelling as compared to some of the other candidates like Newt Gingrich, who Matthews jokes has more wives than Bachmann had foster kids.

Reagan still dismisses Bachmann as a “whack-a-doodle,” and Matthews returns to the opinion that if Bachmann joins the Republican primary she would just be adding to “a showcase of cartoon characters.” Instead Matthews’ recipe for the perfect candidate is someone who has pizzazz plus substance, and right now he doesn’t see any potential candidate even close to possessing both characteristics.

Watch the clip from MSNBC below:

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