Chris Matthews Insults CPAC as 'Crazy Car'

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Friday, 07 Mar 2014 12:06 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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"Hardball" host Chris Matthews has poured scorn on the Conservative Political Action Conference, calling it a "whole tapestry of weirdness" attended by a "crazy car" filled with Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.

The MSNBC broadcaster compared CPAC's annual conference to the bar scene in the classic movie "Stars Wars," which he said was full of "wild-eyed creatures from every part of the solar system."

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"Well, today here in Washington, the whole tapestry of weirdness was re-enacted at the annual convention of something called CPAC," he said on his political talk show. "Well, actually, 'conservative' doesn't quite capture this out-of-this-world jamboree.

"At CPAC, it's the far-out sharing space with the even further out, a place for the crazy car to fill up with the usual suspects — Cruz and Paul and Rubio and [Gov.] Bobby Jindal — while gassing up with the craziest bunch of ideas since [Gov.] Rick 'Oops' Perry couldn't remember that list of government agencies he wanted to kill."

Matthews also took a leaf out of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's book in attacking billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who help fund the political action committee Americans for Prosperity targeting Democrats.

"It was pure Koch brothers' populism being sold out there today, words and phrases crafted to heat up the peanut gallery, translating to cold cash for the oil patch billionaires who approved the script."

Matthews joked that he would "probably sneak by the CPAC convention this week and just do bear-baiting because they'll yell at me."

And noting that normal people sit in the audience at the convention meetings, he added, "They're just regular people. And yet they all buy into this. Why do they benefit from any of this stuff, this crazy right-wing economic agenda? I just don't see why regular people buy into ... the Koch brothers' ambition."

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