MSNBC host Chris Matthews is incredibly proud of his negative comparison of Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) to former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R., Wis.), who rose to prominence in the 1950s for his staunch anti-Communism and controversial methods of political attacks.
So much so that Matthews has made that direct attack at least 31 times on his MSNBC program, Hardball.
It's the place for politics–or more accurately, the place for Matthews to flip out about Cruz whenever he does something like say Chuck Hagel would make a poor Defense Secretary (McCarthyism!), opposing executive order amnesty (McCarthyism!) or questioning President Obama's allegiance to Israel (McCarthyism!).
In fact, Matthews, who supposedly opposes judging people for what they look like given his very strong anti-racist credentials, is fond of pointing out Cruz even resembles McCarthy, showing a side-by-side graphic of them during their Senate tenures.
"Ted Cruz reminds me of this guy!" he yelled at one picture.
Actually, he constantly says Cruz reminds him of McCarthy, and he's made such pronouncements as "Joe McCarthy imitator," "not since Joe McCarthy have we seen a senator with such sinister self-assuredness," and "there are echoes of Joe McCarthy there."
We get it. You really hate Ted Cruz, almost as much as you love Tip O'Neill.