The anchor frothed, "Sarah Palin went right to New Hampshire, serving as a human grenade, blowing up his announcement by saying Romney's health care is a total violation of Tea Party beliefs." [MP3 audio here .]
Of course, this historical analogy makes little sense. If this followed a classical definition of a civil war, there would be two warring sides fighting for control of the GOP opinion on Romneycare and Obamacare. According to a May 30 Rasmussen poll,  Republicans "overwhelmingly" support repeal of the health care law.
A partial transcript of the June 2 segment, which aired at 5pm EDT, follows:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Good evening, I'm Chris Matthews down in Washington. Leading off tonight, civil war on the right. Not since the election of Abraham Lincoln has a Republican caused such a war. Everybody attacked Mitt Romney today, the very day he declared for President. Sarah Palin went right to New Hampshire, serving as a human grenade, blowing up his announcement by saying Romney's health care is a total violation of Tea Party beliefs. Then, Rudy Giuliani, also in New Hampshire today, declared that Romneycare, and that's the word he used, is just as bad as Obamacare. Then, George Pataki attacked, but it was Palin who blew apart any notion that Romney can get the backing of the Tea Party.