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Chris Matthews Battles Nancy Pfotenhauer Over Economic Fundamentals (VIDEO)

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Thanks to the heroic collapse of the world financial markets, no one on teevee felt compelled to spend fifty-six minutes out of every hour today debating whether the phrase "lipstick on a pig" was busy installing a glass ceiling. Here's an example of what went down today, with Hardball's Chris Matthews doing battle with McCain flack Nancy Pfotenhauer. It goes about as well as one can expect, with Pfotenhauer changing the subject just as fast as she can and Matthews attempting to wield "statistics," which everyone knows are totally in the tank for Obama. The whole tete-a-tete might have ended up being scored a draw were it not for Pfotenhauer's bizarre decision to debate middle-class economics while dressed in the aristocratic weeds of the Baroness Dierdre Von Goldencollar.

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