About “The Leg”

Chris Matthews’ Leg came to the nation’s attention when he let it slip on live television that the oratory of candidate Barack Obama had mysterious and not-unpleasant effects on one of the Hardball host’s extremities:

I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.

Some have wondered which of Matthews’ lower limbs is the one getting all the attention and whether the other one resents the new-found celebrity status of it’s “running mate.”

The fact is, it Chris Matthews’ left leg that “hearts” Obama. His right leg has a libertarian streak and often feels “restless” when Ron Paul says the words “gold standard.”

This site is honored to have been designated the official oracle and chronicle of the thoughts, actions and, most importantly “sensations” of Chris Matthews’ Leg.

(This blog has no connection whatsoever to Chris Matthews the person and the thoughts expressed herein are those of the leg only and do not necessarily reflect those of Chris Matthews’ head.)

The Oracle is David A. Holland, co-author of the book Paul Harvey’s America: The Life, Art, and Faith of the Man Who Transformed Radio and Inspired a Nation.  He is reachable at davidaholland at gmail dot com.



  1. […] just snort-worthy. Tingle-worthy. Cackle-worthy. […]

  2. Very funny, lots of potential here, keep up the good work.

  3. If it is indeed Matthews’ left leg that tingles, then the graphic here needs to be changed. 🙂

  4. hilarious. keep blogging

  5. Was it me or was The Leg a tad restless on the Morning Joe Show this morning? As guest co-host, the Leg instructed Mika Brezinski as to what real question would be for Bill Richardson, accused her of shoddy journalism, and then became grumpy when asked if his soliloquy on Obama’s behalf was an endorsement. The Leg – like Obama – is somewhat of an unknown but I think we are beginning to see get the idea that the Leg does not tingle over MILFs (mmmm….Mika). Somebody had a case of the Mondays.

  6. Is it my imagination or is there just a tad bit of spittle that lingers on Chris lips just before “The Leg” begins to tingle.

  7. One guesses he meant a tingle up his schpine butt then had a Freudian slip. And thus I am left wondering….Does Chris Matthews want to get it on with Obama. And if he does what would it be called? Ooooooooo – Bama. Your ethnicity excites my legs electricity?

  8. Brutal! The Leg is just… a kick!

    I am happy to have found you and will spread the word of The Leg far and wide!


  10. The Leg has a mind of its own. And like most Sentient Beings, the thinking is often processed at the TOP of the being. THEREFORE: realizing that the “top” of Chris’ leg is the buttocks, we gain great insight into where Chris’ leg derives its opinions. Thank you for giving this ass a voice.


  11. I just came across your delightful blog. It seems we both had the same general idea at about the same time exceot my blog features CM’s OTHER leg. So what they say about great minds IS true!!!

  12. Chris Matthews book inscription. awesome


  13. […] the ire of Sherman Dorn – who, incidentally, gives Jay Mathews that same thrill up the leg that Chris Matthews gets when Barack Obama so much as blows his nose. Dorn advised that the Fordhamites “Think, then […]

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  15. the fact that the “thrill went up” Matthews leg is only half the story. My questions is: Where did it come out?

  16. […] Fair enough, I thought, maybe I can give my views on Keith Olbermann, or Chris Matthew’s tingling leg. […]

  17. […] Also being covered by Michelle Malkin and Moonbattery. Chris Matthews’ leg reference in depth here. […]

  18. I love this site, I have it linked from my blog! Check out mine when you get a sec, I have one post featuring Olby and Chris and the reasoning by their recent attacks on Palin…they’re rabid lemmings!!!


    I DO hope to hear from Chris’ leg, through this blog, VERY SOON!

  19. There is nothing wrong with Christopher’s leg, nor anything else about him. MSNBC is making a terrible mistake by expurgating him from the debates. As is often the case, “management” (whoever these people are) cannot leave well enough alone. I find him to be colorful and brilliant. As his biggest fan, I wrote a book about him. See the link.

  20. […] First, MSNBC covers a story (ACORN) that has a negative impact on Obama and now Chris ‘tingle up my leg’ Matthews asks an Obama surrogate a real bonafide question about Obama’s accomplishments. […]

  21. Wake Up Chris’ Leg…It was not a dream. I Guess Hillary or Bill for that matter, doesent give him you thrill. If it did, you might feel it also in the foot that is in Chris’ mouth… Read on:

    New York Post- November 18, 2008 –
    “HARDBALL” host Chris Matthews and the other “castratos” at MSNBC shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a Hillary Clinton interview.

    Matthews, who once opined that men who supported Clinton were “castratos in the eunuch chorus,” forgot the cardinal rule for those who are often mentioned on Page Six – he didn’t take a good look around on the Acela train from Philadelphia to Washington Saturday before he started bad-mouthing the New York senator.

    An avowed Clinton lover who was sitting next to Matthews reports: “He was in business class wearing a red baseball hat that said Penn on the back, and the fat [bleep] fell asleep on the train and snored with his mouth open.”

    During the ride to DC, Matthews awoke from his nap. A fellow passenger asked him, “What’s the news tomorrow?” – to which Matthews loudly started talking about President-elect Barack Obama possibly picking Hillary as his secretary of state.

    “I don’t understand it,” Matthews bellowed. “Why would he pick her? I thought we were done with the Clintons. She’ll just use it to build her power base. It’s Machiavellian. And then we’ll have Bill Clinton, too. I thought Obama didn’t want drama. He’s already got [chief of staff Rahm] Emanuel and [transition team leader John] Podesta. He’ll have even more drama with her.

    “She’s just a soap opera. If he doesn’t pick her, everyone will say she’s been dissed again, we’ll have to live through that again.”

    Matthews seems to be playing both sides of the fence. The host, who apologized to Clinton last year for claiming she got where she was because “her husband messed around,” said on-air last Friday: “Look, I think that since she lost the fight for the nomination, [Clinton] has been not just a good soldier, she has sang the tune of [Obama]. She’s been illustrious, she’s been admirable . . . her spirit seems to be with him.”

    A rep for Clinton declined to comment while a rep for Matthews didn’t return e-mails.

  22. Here is what I wrote to Christopher –

    Just want you to know, I voted for Barack Obama on Tuesday. On that cold, foggy and drizzly day, I trudged from the Donut Den to the Crest Forest Fire Station to cast my vote. I did this because I knew it would please you and send a shiver up your leg.

    Now, what do I get?

  23. I’m getting thrills up my leg looking at all those Obama manboob shots in hawaii now! Where’s Keith when i need him?

  24. Haha, an entire site devoted to The Leg. Genius.

  25. […] to be taking tight management and an unresponsiveness to questions not just in stride, but with a tingly-legged eagerness to offer the incoming President whatever support and sycophantism he needs to look as good as […]

  26. […] publicly admitted their unprofessional love.  According to reports, legs were appropriately set a-tingling, considering their integrity-deficient kinship with their inordinately helpful brother in shlock.  […]

  27. […] jobs, the liberal elite must separate the love they have for The Handsome Male (who, for example, sends “shivers” up the leg of hot-tub Chris Matthews) from the non-singular entity of his administration. For example, Rahm Emanuel is a great person to […]

  28. Will the term “Shaking like Chris Matthew’s leg” become pert of the modern lexicon?
    “He was so scared, he was shaking like Chris Matthew’s leg.”
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  29. […] I’m sorry, but stuff like this sends a tingling sensation up my leg. […]

  30. […] An ebullient union member wearing a Che T-Shirt and toting an Obama “Yes We Can” plackard summed up the sentiments of the crowd, I felt a tinglin’ sensation go up my leg. […]

  31. […] old-fashioned healthy skepticism of the President’s speech from a network whose hosts get shivers up their legs whenever Obama opens his […]

  32. […] own country. And, adding insult to injury, he uncritically gushes – with the erotic vigor of Chris Matthews covering an Obama stump speech – about the virtues of paradises like France […]

  33. What you fail to realize, mate, is that when Chris Matthews says “I felt a thrill going up my leg” it’s really *code* to the cameraman- “I-just-wet-my-pants-cut-to-commericals-now.” “I mean, I don’t normally lose bladder control but for some inexplicable reason, his voice did it. I really hope there won’t be a fire alarm that’ll force me to stand up.”

  34. […] is even a video of Chris Matthews in support of the thrill up his leg reporting that George W. Bush had 47 czars while Obama has only 30.  Admittedly, this was done […]

  35. […] the one time Chris Matthews’s leg didn’t […]

  36. Too much information about his leg.

  37. Nice website. Well done!!!

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  39. Hey, hey I’m Chrissy
    Some may say I’m prissy,
    But when I saw Obama
    My heart sang out, Oh Mama.
    I bring to you this jingle
    So you’ll know why my leg tingles.

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  42. […] something much bigger than a new president taking office. Like Chris Matthews,I also experienced a tingling sensation running down my leg… (in retrospect, that may have been the result of really cold temperatures […]

  43. […] her speech. In a visibly depressed NBC studio that was so eerily silent you could almost hear Chris Mathews’ leg tingling, Olbermann allowed that Governor Palin “clearly gives a great […]

  44. I belive that wayne lapierre should be declared mentally unstable because of his ranting and raving.about guns and inciting people to
    use guns against the government. He is a real example of someone who is unbalanced.. .

    • Chris Matthews is a great part of the Peace Corps. I salute his great contribution. Yet, today he will not speak out for Americans having accessability to “TOUR” the White House. Once again he gives up the possibility of being a news reporter and just continues as a “Talking Head”
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  53. […] her speech. In a visibly depressed NBC studio that was so eerily silent you could almost hear Chris Mathews’ leg tingling, Olbermann allowed that Governor Palin “clearly gives a great […]

  54. I have this tingling in my leg ot happens all day and night like non-stop. Is there a chance i will lose my leg???

  55. Chris Matthews’ legs broken recently.

  56. Who will be our President in this day next year?
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  57. […] He speaks of Barack Obama with a reverence that is so squirrelly, it borders on Chris Matthews’s infamous line about a thrill going up his leg. He suggests that rural Americans who distrust a media who […]

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