Bedtime for Benzo

I have been debating about whether or not to write this post all day, but I think it’s worth mentioning. Several people who I respect have commented on how wacky Mary Matalin was on Tim Russert’s show last weekend, but at least one person was very specific about what he thought was wrong with her.

Arianna had this to say:

And then there was the black Asian pajama top to match the black eye makeup and the scarlet red nails to match the scarlet red lips. It was impossible to watch her without thinking of Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty. And then there was her manner, which was so incredibly nasty that it was hard to focus on her ludicrous talking points.

I certainly noticed all of that, but my friend, who I will dub Agent MercedesBenzo, said “Did you see the balloon hands?” I didn’t know what he was talking about, so he explained it to me. Agent MB is a recovering person- he has recently gotten clean of drugs, and he was particularly fond of prescription meds. He told me today that people using benzodiazepines will often make fairly distinctive hand movements- sort of fluttery and floaty. From the article linked to above about Benzos: “The benzodiazepines are a class of drugs with hypnotic, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, amnestic and muscle relaxant properties.” They include Haclion, Xanax, Valium, Atavan and Klonopin, among others.

Behavior of persons under the influence of Benzodiazepines are described as slurred or erratic speech patterns, lack of inhibition and impaired judgement, and in certain users, aggressiveness, irritability, hostility, impulsivity and increased excitement. (and, according to Agent MercedesBenzo, balloon hands.)

From Arianna:

to get the full effect, you had to see not just what Mary said, but how she said it. She was dripping with contempt and sarcasm, parroting anything said by the other panelists in a teenage sing-song imitation complete with the liberal use of air quotes.

Agent MB watched some of Matalin at Crooks and Liars and said “Holy cow, that woman’s on drugs. I couldn’t watch the whole thing. It made me want to climb the walls.”

Well, isn’t that interesting?


  1. Not to mention that when other panelists are talking, her eyes completely unfocus and she just slowwwwly swings her head from side to side. If you can bear to watch it.

  2. All them Repub broads are on SSRIs or some kinda downers. Laura started it. She was supposed to be a rich widow by now, then the prick gave up booze and now she has to live with it. I’d rather be stoned too.

  3. Darren

    Ok, with the caveat that I did not see MM this past weekend, but haven’t any of y’all ever seen her on TV before? Based on all y’all’s descriptions, this sounds EXACTLY like MM’s schtick since time began. She just ratchets it up a notch when it’s her boy Dick.

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