Republican Congressman Joe Walsh didn't put up with Chris Matthews' "bullying" on Tuesday, mocking the liberal MSNBC anchor for his effusive praise of Barack Obama. Over the host's frequent interruptions, the Illinois Representative taunted, "Hey, Chris, your President, who sends a tingle up your leg-"
Walsh appeared to discuss the debt ceiling debate and what Republicans are willing to cut. The Congressman jokingly referred to Matthews' famous 2008 remark that an Obama speech created a "thrill going up my leg." A seemingly chagrined Matthews dismissed, "Okay. Here we go. This is where I thought we'd end up."
The anchor resorted to arguing semantics, reminding, "And first of all, tingles is your word." [MP3 audio here.]
Walsh continued to fight back, bombarding, "He doesn't send a thrill up my leg, Chris, all right? And he has not been serious about this debt crisis and why don't you jump on that?"
Later, Walsh slammed Matthews for his propensity to interrupt guests, declaring, "You know what you do? You bully guests. Answer me a question: Did the President ignore the debt situation in his State of the Union address?"
The Hardball host quickly talked over Walsh and went to break.