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Mainstream Media Scream: Chris Matthews on 'Confederate Cruz'

This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features a regular, Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s "Hardball." This time, his focus is the “Confederate Party of Ted Cruz,” the Texas senator and foe of Obamacare. On Oct. 24, Matthews said:

“Let me get started tonight with this emerging war in the Republican Party: The insurgent Confederate Party of Ted Cruz and the northern mainstream party personified by Chris Christie. When you look at Cruz, you can see the insurgent right in all its indignant victimhood. He complains of the Washington establishment being mean to him, as if he were an eight-year-old in the recess yard. Like others who have offered themselves up as populist leaders, he presents himself as the one who’s been wronged. He speaks of challenging the bosses, even though they’re his party’s elected leaders and he or any other Republican senator is free to run against them.

“He speaks of folks saying mean things about him as if he wasn’t the one who brought the government to a shutdown and nearly over the fiscal cliff. But who are the people who rallied to the Texas senator believing what’s so obviously not true: that he’s the innocent, he’s the casual bystander in this civil war when he, Ted Cruz, is the very figure who fired on Fort Sumter, not the other way around. Or is the hard right so dizzy in its anger right now that it can’t tell up from down or north from south or victim from troublemaker?”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Matthews is the one who should be dizzy from his obsession over seeing nearly everything through a racial prism where a conservative like Cruz, who dares to challenge the Washington elites, must be impugned as a traitorous secessionist.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.