Chris (Obama-gives-me-a-thrill-up-my-leg) Matthews left Hillary Clinton tongue-tied with just one question.
In a puff piece interview on Hardball, Matthews asked the Democrat front-runner what should’ve been a simple question to answer: What is the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?
Even Obama, in his first year in office had to fight off the same question in a New York Times interview, mocking the idea he was some “wild-eyed socialist”.
For years, Democrats have scoffed at anyone who’s pointed out the command-and-control policies the party supports are straight out of the socialist playbook.
But this was before the rise of Bernie Sanders.
The self-identified socialist is nipping at Hillary’s heels in Iowa and holds a lead over her in New Hampshire.
And while the polls in these two early-voting states are close and Hillary does hold a commanding national lead – due to her support from the institutional Democrat party of labor unions, big city bosses, and ethnic minorities – she cannot afford to alienate the rabid Sanders supporters who make up a sizeable portion of the Democrat party base.
So it was no surprise she tripped all over her words to explain the difference between a socialist and a Democrat.
Reports the Daily Caller:
“Matthews asked Clinton, “What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat? Is that a question you want to answer, or would you rather not?”
“You’d have to ask [Sanders],” Clinton said before being interrupted by Matthews.
“You see, I’m asking you. You’re a Democrat, he’s a socialist. Would you like someone to call you a socialist?” Matthews asked.
“I am not one,” Hillary responded without answering the question.
“OK, well what’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?” Matthews asked again.
“I can tell you what I am, I am a progressive Democrat,” Clinton responded.
“How is that different than a socialist?” Matthews asked a third time.
“I am a progressive Democrat who likes to get things done,” Clinton continued. “And who believes we’re better off in this country when we’re trying to solve problems together. Getting people to work together. There will always be strong feelings and I respect that, from, you know, the far right, the far left, libertarians, whoever it might be, but we need to get people working together. We’ve got to get the economy fixed, get all of our problems, you know, really tackled and that’s what I want to do.”
Of course there could be another answer sans all the confusion:
There is no difference between a Democrat and a socialist.
After all, this is the party of government-run health care, welfare, higher taxes, Soviet-style “hate speech” codes designed to criminalize conservatism, and the cap on trade schemes.
If you ask a Democrat, there isn’t a problem on earth that can’t be solved with higher taxes and a government takeover.
So maybe Hillary wasn’t struggling to avoid alienating a segment of her party base at all … maybe she was actually letting her socialist flag fly.