Jindal's 'Stagecraft' Caught Me Off-Guard: Matthews

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2009 3:13 PM CST

(Newser) – Chris Matthews was surprised by the “peculiar stagecraft” preceding Bobby Jindal’s speech last night, an NBC rep tells the Huffington Post, leading the MSNBC host to mutter, “Oh, God” as the Louisiana governor appeared on screen. Matthews plans to elaborate during today’s Hardball, the rep added.

“I was taken aback by that peculiar stagecraft, the walking from somewhere in the back of this narrow hall, this winding staircase looming there, the odd anti-bellum [sic] look of the scene,” Matthews said in a statement. “Was this some mimicking of a president walking along the state floor to the East Room?”