CHRIS MATTHEWS: Country on the brink. Let’s play Hardball! Good evening I’m Chris Matthews, up in New York. Let me start tonight with the civil war going on in Washington today. It’s not North versus South or even Right versus Left. It’s an historic test of who will take the wheel, who will drive the car? Will it be the grown-ups in the front seat or the kids crying and complaining and threatening in the back seat? On one side are those kids in the back seat, Tea Party members of Congress and their stay-at-home blogging cheerleaders who either don’t understand or don’t care about the consequences of default — of the U.S. not meeting its obligations, of us looking like a joke. They’re willing to risk calamity, even embrace it, just to show how dedicated they are to not raising the debt ceiling. On the other side are Democrats and some Republicans who understand this is not a game. That there’s no fail-safe position after default.
Kickin’ in the front seat. Sittin’ in the back seat. Gotta make my mind up. Which seat can I take?