In one of the odder themes to emerge from the Iowa Caucuses is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews odd obsession with Mitt Romney’s ability to speak French.

Last night Matthews brought up the French issue in not one, but TWO segments.

The first is his informal poll at Java Joe’s where with the help of a mostly liberal audience he was able to paint Romney as an elitist for being able to speak French but declining to do so for Matthews.

It starts at about 1:30 in to the segment.

In the very next segment Matthews played his question asking Romney to say “Let them eat cake” in French” which Romney declined to do.

That was the burning question of the day?

Sounds like Matthews is creating a little class warfare by labeling the French as elitist.