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Chris Matthews 2

“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.”

Chris Matthews 4

“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.”

Martin Bashir 2

“[D]o you think Ted Cruz is a bit like the David Koresh of the Republican Party? He’s a bit like a character who believes himself to be anointed, believes himself to be a prophet, ignores everything, and torches the place in the process.”

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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.'”

Chris Matthews 7

“In addition to their vow to blow up Obamacare and shut down the American government this September, they’re also moving to block an increase in the debt ceiling. That means the government wouldn’t be able to pay its bills, wouldn’t be able to pay its debts, would go into default. The consequences — it would destroy the United States credit rating, of course, and send us spiraling into default. This is Cruz’s operation here, by the way, and his allies’ operation. This is more than just obstructionism, this is political terrorism.

… I believe it’s terrorism.”

Chris Matthews 6

“I think [Ted Cruz] fits in the tradition of Father Coughlin and McCarthy and of course, and maybe to a lesser extent, Pat Buchanan and of course, O’Reilly. These guys are hard right-wing guys. They look a lot alike. They have that — we call it the black Irish look to them. They don’t smile much. It’s quite a tradition here, but it does run to the right of the regular Republican Party.”

Al Sharpton 4

“He’s talking about Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the guy who once called President Obama the most radical President we’ve ever seen. He tweeted, “If supporting real immigration reform, not path to citizenship, is ‘Obamaphobia,’ guilty as charged. Re-tweet if you’re a fellow ‘Obamaphobic.'”

Bragging about being Obamaphobic. Now, I know he was responding to a Democratic Senator, but the fact is, this is who they are. They are scared because the party is built on fear and obstruction. And no matter how hard they try, it`s not working.”

Bill Maher 5

“I’m okay with it now that Obama’s in office. I’m kind of trusting of him. But President Ted Cruz? Where this is going would bother me.”