The following is from Barnicle's opening to the September 10 edition of Hardball:
MIKE BARNICLE: The insult heard 'round the world! Let's play Hardball! Good evening. I'm Mike Barnicle in for Chris Matthews. Leading off tonight, the gift. When Congressman Joe Wilson shouted, "You lie!" at President Obama last night he gave the Democrats a gift they hope just keeps on giving. Wilson was forced - and that does seem to be the word, forced - to apologize today. And his Washington office has been mobbed mostly by right wing supporters. Democrats hope to turn Wilson into the Cindy Sheehan of the anti-health care reform movement. A clownish figure of ridicule who hurts his own side, more than he helps.-Geoffrey Dickens is the senior news analyst at the Media Research Center.