This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a regular, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, warning that Republicans want to return America to its racist, Jim Crow past.

He opened his Jan. 7 episode of "Hardball" by recounting how President Obama will solve income inequality, but he despaired that without lots of Democratic voters in the 2014 midterms, the GOP will instead push the nation back.

“If only the people who voted in 2010 show up this November, you can kiss all this goodbye. You'll see the beginning of the end to what could have been -- what many of us believe should have been -- an historic turn toward full democratic government in this country, where everyone has a chance for the top office, where everyone is looked after by those in power. It will mean Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. And with that, a slow grinding effort to kill not just the president's health care plan, but his presidency itself and the legacy it promised.

“It will be a double downing of efforts to suppress the votes of those who voted for him in historic numbers, the return to something like Jim Crow days, relevant of all the old anti-black gimmickry of that time — literacy tests and poll taxes and all the rest. The goal will be to erase not just Obama from the history books, but any evidence that someone of his background should ever think of being president. It will mean victory for the haters.

“And believe me, it could well mean another war, like the two we got from [George] W. [Bush], wars that achieved nothing but the deaths of Americans and the growing hatred of those we claim to be out there saving. The Dick Cheneys of the city, right here in town, are still aprowl, still stalking one more chance to get us back there in Iraq, still there in Afghanistan and heading toward Libya or Syria or Iran, wherever they can point the way and blow the bugle.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Matthews is the wacky uncle who lacks self-awareness and so never figures out everyone is laughing at him while he’s spouting off with accusations impugning the motivations of others. He’s the ‘hater’ with an irrational, paranoid fear of conservatives.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

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