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Chris Matthews is the host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. The confrontational and often historically ignorant Matthews is known for interrupting and blabbering over his guests, and famously remarked that an Obama speech gave him a thrill up his leg. He has flirted with running for office as a Democrat.

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“Some of the right, even Scott Brown up in N.H. is talking about Islamic terrorism. They always throw in the world Islamic making an ethnic thing. He said I’m not going to let it become an ethnic thing. It’s the terrorism I’m against not Islam. Made that point strong.”

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“[W]hat is it in the Republican DNA that makes them talk as if they’ve never talked with women? Why do they speak as if they are the party of cave dwellers who come out of their habitats every four years, say, or so, to grunt something so retro, so awkward, so Cro-Magnon as this?”

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“Well, this — 2016 could be a crazy year. This could be like the 1964 election with Lyndon Johnson being portrayed this time by Hillary Clinton grabbing 60 percent of the vote, because she grabs the middle. She is a bit more hawkish than Obama. She is more establishment Democrat. She can grab the middle.

The Republicans run a wacko bird, as John McCain calls them. We have a sweeping election.”

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“That’s why you’re left with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. They’re not going to be elected president of the United States. So, now they got to go back to Jeb. Let’s go back to the Bushes again. Let’s try them one more time. And that’s what everybody is talking about right now. Republicans are not crazy. They’re not going to run a right-winger. The only guy that could have won — I think Christie would have been a hell of a candidate before this mess.”

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“You’ve heard the news from North Korea, how the young head of that country just executed his guardian uncle, Well, back here in America, the right wing is acting if not as brutally, certainly as crazily.

It’s hard to tell who’s calling the shots in this crowd. Radio man Mark Levin denounced today Speaker John Boehner as utterly feckless — that means weak — for backing that little budget deal and trying to avoid another government shutdown.

Glenn Beck condemns the Republican speaker as not just a liberal, but get this, he’s calling him a progressive. Oh, my God. Acting like a king of the crazies, Beck then says Ted Cruz is being a good right-wing boy in opposing the budget deal in the Senate — and I can’t believe the way he says this — because, quote, “he did what we told him to” — “We,” Glenn Beck and company.

So now the cat’s out of the bag. The people calling the shots are the loudest, angriest, nastiest voices in the right-wing media. The people marching to their tune, always  marching away from any deal with the president, are the Cruzes, the Rand Pauls, and of course, the Mike Lees.”

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“Disrespect for institutions, for the election of a president, for the American voter who elected him is a real problem and why [conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee] can call themselves patriots as they do that is highly inconsistent. The patriot is the person who accepts the law. The patriot is the person who believes in compromise, who believes in government.”

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“Does the majority will still matter? There’s the fact that he is President. Is it paramount? Is that to be respected? You look at Cruz’s face. He doesn’t respect the election of President Obama, the reelection of President Obama. You look at Mike Lee. They all run around as if we got all of these white people out this little minority of the country. ‘But they’re better Americans than the rest and we represent them.'”

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“The plot is to tie the regular vote to extend the debt ceiling to the obliteration of the Affordable Care Act…Well, do the leaders of the Republican Party really intend to go this far? Do they really dare to sabotage the American economy and much of the world economy in order to defund a program, the Affordable Care Act, that is the law of the land?  And will they go to this drastic extreme to intimidate the U.S. Congress or the President or both?

And if so, is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumps even the most minimal loyalty to the common national interests? Where anything goes? Where the ends justify whatever means there are to be had, no matter how menacing to the country or the world?”