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Who is she?
Who is Michelle Bachmann? A Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota. She was in a relatively safe district. All signs were that she would win re-election. All she had to do was run out the clock.
Matthews can get pointed on his program and may just egg you on -- wanting you to say something that will get repeated five billion times. But you don't have to acquiese. You don't have to give him a soundbite you'll regret. Or many soundbites you'll regret.
But in a pretty fair conversation (judge for yourself -- see video below) when the two were discussing Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers, Matthews said to Bachmann, "You believe Barack Obama may - because of this relationship - have anti-American views?"
"Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he [Obama] may have anti-American views," she said.
But she didn't stop there.
Matthews asked her, "How many in the Congress of the United States do you think are anti-American? You already suspect Barack Obama -- is he alone or do you think there are others?"
You can't tell at this point if she knows she's already stepped in it. There doesn't appear to be a deer-in-the-headlights or as the saying goes this year, a moose-in-the-headlights reaction.
"The news media should do a penetrating expose ... on the views of the people in Congress and find out if they're pro-America or anti-America," she answered.
Her opponent Elwyn Tinklenberg was the immediate recipient of this interview raising more than $800,000 since that remark. That's Obama-like money.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Tinklenberg's fundraising efforts over the last few days have eclipsed the total amount of money he pulled into the campaign for the entirety of the third quarter.