On Wednesday night, CNN and MSNBC still had plenty of energy left to not only blast the President’s State of the Union address from the night before, but also go gaga for every movement and every word espoused by liberals.
In the latter case, CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront and MSNBC’s Hardball cheered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Machiavellian genius” controlling the House and offering a snarky clap for the President that was “the clap…seen around the world.”
In the case of the MSNBC talkfest, host Chris Matthews turned to former DNC chair Donna Brazile ten minutes into the program with syrupy praise for Pelosi: “But I want to congratulate your party tonight because Nancy Pelosi last night showed the power. This is almost Machiavellian genius. The slight movement of the hand like an orchestra just — no, no embarrassment here.”
Brazile responded by touting how Pelosi “understands her caucus” and the importance of “eye contact” like a sports coach does with athletes.
Shifting to CNN, there was a similar infatuation with Pelosi. Host Erin Burnett hyped in a tease for the segment by OutFront staple and correspondent Jeanne Moos: “And next, Nancy Pelosi and the clap, the clap — look at that — seen around the world.”
“Tonight, put your hands together for Jeanne and the Nancy Pelosi moment that had everyone talking,” Burnett stated after the break in her intro to Moos’s piece.