Hardball with Chris Matthews, 5/24/13, 5:58 PM ET

Matthews: Ted Cruz is 'a disaster'

Chris Matthews explains why Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a disaster, both for his party and for Democrats, and the senator's desire for all out political war.

Why Ted Cruz is a ‘disaster’

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Let me finish tonight with this.

Ted Cruz is a disaster, not least for the party that ran him for Senate. He says he doesn’t trust his fellow Republicans. Neither, he said, does he trust Democrats. He is 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 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 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 will justify his existence as a hardright political bombthrower.

Why Ted Cruz is a 'disaster'

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