On MSNBC’s “Hardball” Thursday evening, Chris Matthews was doing his best to serve up a softball to the head of the Democrat Party, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, trying desperately to give her a question that would separate admitted socialist Bernie Sanders (an “Independent” who’s running as a Democrat) from Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democrat presidential primary.
After Matthews asked Wasserman-Schultz whether she wanted Sanders, a socialist, representing the Democrat Party at the party’s national convention next year, speaking on the first evening in prime time, Wasserman-Schultz because evasive and squirmy, trying to avoid the question. She tried to go vague and then admitted that she would, because after all, the Democrat Party is a “big tent party” (socialists, communists, fascists — all America haters are welcome with open arms).
“What’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Matthews then asked. “I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is?”
After hesitating and stammering around, a dumb-founded Wasserman-Schultz forced out the words, trying to change the subject, “The real question is what’s the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican,” she answered.
Amazingly, Matthews, in a rare act of journalism, pressed on and wouldn’t allow Wasserman-Schultz to slither away.
“You’re the chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me what’s the difference between you and a socialist,” he said.
Wasserman-Schultz continues to evade, insisting that’s not a legitimate question, repeating her talking point that’s not the question people should be asking –that the real question is a difference between a Republican and a Democrat.
Looks like someone is a bit uncomfortable with the “S” word.
Matthews question to Wasserman-Schultz used to be easy to answer. John F. Kennedy wasn’t a socialist. Heck, even Bill Clinton wasn’t a socialist. Nowadays, there’s not even a smidgen of difference, which is why Wasserman-Schultz could not articulate it.
At least Bernie Sanders admits he’s a socialist, in direct opposition to the U.S. Constitution, freedom, and the American way of life. Wasserman-Schultz, Hillary Clinton and their ilk are every bit as left as Sanders, they just aren’t honest enough with the American people to admit it, which is why the press can never get straight answers out of them.