Mainstream Media Scream: Matthews calls Ted Cruz 'face of the wild, nasty hard-right fringe'

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews denouncing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Matthews ended his show Friday by saying, "Let me finish tonight with this: Ted Cruz of Texas is a disaster, not least for the party that ran him for the Senate. He says he doesn't trust his fellow Republicans. Neither, he said, does he trust Democrats. He's putting himself on the national stage as the enemy of compromise, of reasonable comity between the parties, of bipartisan agreement itself. No, Senator Cruz wants all-out political war. He wants to bring down the budget, forfeit any congressional control on spending or taxation. He prefers a chaotic order on Capitol Hill where he can stand in the middle of the legislative traffic yelling stop, where he can derail any reasonable budget control in order to bring attention to himself. He's come to Washington to start fights, to disrupt any chance of ending this dysfunction because dysfunction is what he dearly hopes to someday challenge.

"Pay attention to Senator Cruz because he is the unsmiling contemptuous face of the wild, nasty hard-right fringe of a party that once competed with the Democrats to be the country's governing party. All Cruz wants to do is prove that self-government is evil or impossible, or whatever else will justify his existence as a hard-right political bomb thrower."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Cruz must really scare liberals. How else to explain Matthews' feigning such concern for the welfare of the republic over how Cruz is so dangerous? When a bomb thrower as nasty and hard left as Matthews derides you as a 'bomb thrower' symbolic of the 'nasty hard right,' you must be pretty effective."

Rating: Five out of five screams.