Every now and then Chrissy Matthews actually asks a constructive question guaranteed to put the victim on the defensive. This week’s target: Hillary Clinton. The question? The same one that tripped up Debbie Wasserman-Schultz last year. What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat? (This is important as Hillary needs to distinguish herself from the avowed socialist in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.) And what did Bill Clinton’s alleged roommate have to say?
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Man, does Chris Matthews have “talk over the guests disease” bad. And here I thought Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs were bad about it.
“I am a progressive Democrat.” And the difference between this and a socialist is…..
Hillary didn’t want to answer the question. Imagine that. Is socialism still a pariah word for rank and file, traditional Democrats? Maybe so. If that is the case, proclaiming oneself a socialist will push loyal voters into the arms of Donald Trump, or the bar rather than the voting booth on election day.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter what Hillary has to say on what a socialist is or a Democrat for she truly isn’t either one. She’s a crony-ite who is willing to sell her influence to the highest bidder. As such she is being active about trying to keep from labeling herself, which is why she refused to answer the question, and, as Ed Morrissey said, frustrated Chrissy Matthews.
MATTHEWS: OK, last question, we’re running out of time. I want to try to help you for this audience tonight, our audience, locate yourself politically in this country. Now, we have Trump out there and we have Bernie out here. Now, Bernie calls himself a socialist. Nobody uses a derogatory term anymore. He loves to have that label. He’s never ran as a Democrat, he runs against Democrats up there in Vermont. You’re a Democrat. I would say you’re a pretty typical Democrat, in the traditional Democratic Party. And Humphry and the rest of them. Scoop [Jackson], not even Scoop, I’d say Rondale, you’re somewhere in there. What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat. Is that a question you want to answer or you’d rather not, politically.
CLINTON: Well, you’d have to –
MATTHEWS: Well, see, I’m asking you. You’re a Democrat, he’s a socialist. Would you like somebody to call you a socialist? I wouldn’t like somebody calling me a socialist.
CLINTON: But I’m not one. I mean, I’m not one.
MATTHEWS: What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat. That’s the question.
CLINTON: I can tell you what I am. I am a Progressive Democrat.
MATTHEWS: How is that deferent than a socialist?
CLINTON: I’m a Progressive Democrat who likes to get things done and who believes that we are 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. We need to get people working together. We’ve got to get the economy fixed, we’ve got to get all of our problems, you know, really tackled and that’s what I want to do.
MATTHEWS: I think the difference is, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz wouldn’t answer the question either when I asked her. Because I know politically you have to keep together the center-left and the left has to work together. I know all of that.
Work together? Just so long as the non-progressives do what she says…. It’s going to be a long eleven months.