An MSNBC host praised Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann? Yes it happened, but at the expense of another MSNBC favorite target, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

On his Tuesday program, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir asked network contributor Pat Buchanan if calling Bachmann “the thinking person’s Sarah Palin” was a fair characterization.

“Now you have mentioned Michele Bachmann — she really gave a stellar performance last night,” Bashir said. “Do you think that she is now the thinking person’s Sarah Palin?”