Chris Matthews Suggests Tea Party Influence On GOP Is Like Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

Prompted by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch‘s uncharacteristic tirade against President Obama’s healthcare reform program, Chris Matthews unveiled his theory about what is happening to the Republican party: it’s just like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. According to Matthews, formerly intelligent Republicans are having their bodies “snatched” and what’s left behind in the case of Hatch or Senator John McCain is a “zombie” who mindlessly recites hard right positions.

Matthews describes the Tea Party’s influence as a “weird force taking over” and wonders “will the invasion of the body snatchers continue until its snatched every single Republican in the U.S. Senate?” Matthews worries that endangered Republican Senators Dick Lugar and Olympia Snowe could be next. However, despite the Tea Party motivating Hatch’s “gross comments,” is it really a “spook show” for such a force to make incumbent politicians fearful for their jobs and thus more responsive to active voters?

Watch the clip from MSNBC below:

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