Video: Matthews discovers that Hillary can’t tell the difference between Democrats and socialists, either

posted at 10:01 am on January 6, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

By this time, Chris Matthews must be panicked. When he asked DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to explain the difference between Democrats and socialists, the MSNBC host expressed considerable angst that the party’s leading officer couldn’t do so. “I used to think there was a big difference,” Matthews lamented at the time.

Fast forward five months. Matthews posed the question to the party’s leading candidate for its presidential nomination, and … Hillary Clinton couldn’t explain it either. Who else can Matthews ask? Joe Manchin, please pick up the red courtesy phone:

Newsbusters has the transcript, and one can sense Matthews’ frustration at the end:

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.

To the extent that Hillary answered this at all, the response appears to be that Democrats are socialists who sometimes and temporarily compromise to add accomplishments to the resumé. That argument, as incoherently made as it is, seems to annoy Matthews, who abruptly changes the subject.

Matthews still hasn’t gotten an answer to his question: what’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? The actual answer is there isn’t a difference any more, but no one wants to admit it. I’d be surprised if Matthews ever asks this question again in public, or at least if he asks it before the general election in November.


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Please Lord – a little help?

jake-the-goose on January 6, 2016 at 10:05 AM

There is no difference…

PatriotRider on January 6, 2016 at 10:06 AM

What is important is that the voter knows that the Demorats are Socialists.

Cherokee on January 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM

A socialist can’t dodge sniper but a progtard dimocrat can.
A socialist would wipe a server clean, but only a progtard dimocrat would use a cloth or something.
A socialist is tired, but progtard dimocrats ain’t no ways taared.

Flange on January 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM

Just like asking what’s the difference between Chris Matthews and a moron.

Deano1952 on January 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM

BTW, the correct answer is a moron is much smarter!!

Deano1952 on January 6, 2016 at 10:08 AM

One difference may be that Sanders might actually break up big banks and weaken their power whereas Hillary would extort them for soft kickbacks to her friends and family.
Another may be that Sanders is more honest about what he would do and Hillary will say anything to get elected.

NeoKong on January 6, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Just like asking what’s the difference between Chris Matthews and a moron.

Deano1952 on January 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM

A moron doesn’t spit as much?

Flange on January 6, 2016 at 10:09 AM

There is no difference. At the national level, there are no more moderate Democrats. And there aren’t very many left at the state and local levels either considering how many elections their party keeps losing to Republicans.

Doughboy on January 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM

Hillary: “Getting people to work together…

…by force if necessary. You know, the end justifies the means. Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas. A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. At the risk of sounding ridiculous, a true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened. The left is back, and it’s the only path we have to get out of the spot to which the right has sunken us. Socialism builds and capitalism destroys. Wait. What was the question?”

From upstairs with just a little tweaking, which is different from Hillary twerking.

Fallon on January 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM

ooo, ooo! I know, pick me!

Democrats pretend to be (or think they are?) capitalists, but in practice, they are statists.

mdenis39 on January 6, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Matthews discovers that Hillary can’t tell the difference between Democrats and socialists, either

This is where Trump’s howlers have an edge on Blue’s supporters.

Trump was asked a legitimate question on nuclear deterrence and proved himself to be a complete idiot and utterly unfit for the job of President. The howlers claimed that it was a “gotcha question.”

Blue’s folks should be out there claiming that Matthews was trying to set her up for failure.

Happy Nomad on January 6, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Awwww, Chris is worried about his 90% tax rate?

artist on January 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Killary’s longterm support for single payer healthcare sez it all. Btw, if she was “anyways tarred”, she’d require a good coat of feathers as well, followed by a long ride on a rail.

vnvet on January 6, 2016 at 10:14 AM

If Hillary keeps this up, Bernie is going to get the nomination.

Walter L. Newton on January 6, 2016 at 10:16 AM

“……..we are better off in this country when we’re trying to solve problems together…..”

Together? Like when your party deemed health care legislation passed and a done deal with not one vote from the Republican Party—that kind of “togetherness” Mrs. Clinton?

Rovin on January 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

I bet Bernie could give Chris an answer.

For my answer, I would say that democrats embrace crony capitalism and their own version of neo-con foreign policy; socialists just want to take everyone’s money and spend where they want while ignoring foreign policy completely.

DocNathan on January 6, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Awwww, Chris is worried about his 90% tax rate?

artist on January 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

There is the difference. Socialists want 100% of your money whera as the dimbocraps only want 90% – 95% of your money………

VegasRick on January 6, 2016 at 10:19 AM

“Is that a question you want to answer or you’d rather not, politically.”

Because that’s an easy out ol’ Chris gives to all the Conservatives he grills….

locomotivebreath1901 on January 6, 2016 at 10:20 AM

what’s with her constant head bobbing? Is she getting ready to fall asleep or is there something wrong with her brain?

gracie on January 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Matthews still hasn’t gotten an answer to his question: what’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? The actual answer is there isn’t a difference any more, but no one wants to admit it.

Another point for Trump to hammer away at Hillary in the General.

Johnnyreb on January 6, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Thats why Trump keeps saying you need a big fat smart brain to run this country.

hillarys brain is full of blood clots.

renalin on January 6, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Democrats implement socialism as a pragmatic means to personal power, they have no core philosophy. If you actually call yourself a socialist, you probably have at least some belief in the principles.

And it’s not just this issue that Hillary can’t provide a coherent answer to. Her entire campaign is pretty much: elect me because I’ve spent a lot of time on planes and I’m a woman. She has no real answers for substantive questions.

Fenris on January 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

There is no difference…

PatriotRider on January 6, 2016 at 10:06 AM

You are 100 percent correct!

gerrym51 on January 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

A Democrat has a foundation that accepts tribute.

A Democrat does not live among the riff-raff that they fool into voting for them.

Deafdog on January 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

If Hillary keeps this up, Bernie is going to get the nomination.

Walter L. Newton on January 6, 2016 at 10:16 AM

I think you are correct. Trump better start reading more stuff about ‘Bernie’ so he can start hitting him.

gerrym51 on January 6, 2016 at 10:26 AM

A socialist will take your wallet, while a Democrat will hold your hands.

Oil Can on January 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

what’s with her constant head bobbing? Is she getting ready to fall asleep or is there something wrong with her brain?

gracie on January 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM

That’s a clinical sign of someone who is having neurological issues. Parkinson’s disease is just one of the possibilities.

Johnnyreb on January 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

So the Democrat platform, as I understand it:
– get things done
– solve problems
– work together

Aside from there being no political policy or philosophy there, am I alone in thinking this is the farthest thing from anything a Dem president has done in recent memory?

The closest I can think of is Clinton’s second term, when he abandoned Hillarycare and signed off on a number of conservative agenda items to secure a “legacy” presidency (tax cuts, welfare reform, balanced budget, military action against Saddam and bin Laden).

Has there been another “work together and get things done” Dem president going back at least to Wilson?

The Schaef on January 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

So if Hillary is a Socialist, will she try to build the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics here?

Steve Z on January 6, 2016 at 10:29 AM

A Democrat is a socialist in denial.

antipc on January 6, 2016 at 10:29 AM

There is a difference.

Socialists are to the right of Dems.

artist on January 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Has anyone asked Trump that question?

Tater Salad on January 6, 2016 at 10:32 AM

what’s with her constant head bobbing? Is she getting ready to fall asleep or is there something wrong with her brain?

gracie on January 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM

That’s a clinical sign of someone who is having neurological issues. Parkinson’s disease is just one of the possibilities.

Johnnyreb on January 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

This is what happens when your two leading primary candidates are 74 and 68.

The Schaef on January 6, 2016 at 10:33 AM

It takes a Socialist to know one.

Socialism is best described as a tumor on a host that can be isolated in certain areas or industries run at State speed by political cronies. If let spread it kills off the host. Then the Zombie body must be taken over by the Police State that said “We are just Socialists..please vote us in.”

Then they become the German National Socialists or full International Communist Evil Empires.

The Sanders shtick is easy to overlook today because the Real International Communists are not from Vermont Drama clubs. They lurking around embedded in UN Global Warming Police State Apparatus. That’s why Obama is so in love with the CO2 Hoax.

jimw on January 6, 2016 at 10:33 AM

A socialist defecates on the police car, a democrat urinates on it.

revolutionismyname on January 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

So the Democrat platform, as I understand it:
– get things done
– solve problems
– work together

The Schaef on January 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Looks like the platform posted on any kindergarten wall.

HumpBot Salvation on January 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

I think the better question would’ve been, “What’s the difference between a communist and a democrat?”

TXUS on January 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

TXUS on January 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

That’s for 2020.

artist on January 6, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Smartest woman in the world !

Didn’t Matthews subscribe to this crapola line about Hillary?

BTW Mathews is a nobody…everyone knows this …so why did HA post it ?

Probably just to pimp both Hillary and Mathews

BigSven on January 6, 2016 at 10:40 AM

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.

Clinton: Oh Chris now you know I believe that Global Warming has caused all the Progs/Dems and Socialists to unite against the Right Wing Conspiracy.

Goodie on January 6, 2016 at 10:41 AM

I think the better question would’ve been, “What’s the difference between a communist and a democrat?”

TXUS on January 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Socialism is the economic step leading to communism. Whether any given socialist agrees with all the reasoning of Marx, Engels et al, they weren’t stupid, and understood at least some aspects of the way society operates. So, whether they realize it or not, socialists are communists.

Fenris on January 6, 2016 at 10:41 AM

The network nobody watches and everybody talks about.

Galtian on January 6, 2016 at 10:42 AM

what’s with her constant head bobbing? Is she getting ready to fall asleep or is there something wrong with her brain?

gracie on January 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM

That’s a clinical sign of someone who is having neurological issues. Parkinson’s disease is just one of the possibilities.

Johnnyreb on January 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

I mentioned last year there is something Mentally and Medically wrong with Cankles. How about your Med records Killary? Trump has provided his….

Goodie on January 6, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Better Matthews question: Since you’re currently running so far to the left—to keep up and compete with the socialist Sanders—is it physically possible, in your condition, to sprint back to the middle in a general election that doesn’t look like a cogentinal defect or impairment/double-vision? Simply put, can this nation tolerate seeing two faces of the same person?

Rovin on January 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM

You know how Shin Fein is the political wing of the Irish Republican Army? Yeah, it’s kind of the same thing with Democrats and Socialists.

NotCoach on January 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM

what’s with her constant head bobbing? Is she getting ready to fall asleep or is there something wrong with her brain?

gracie on January 6, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Neither, just advice from Bill and her trainers: Look agreeable, look like you’re paying attention, look like you understand everything being said.
But yeah, she overdoes it.

leftamark on January 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM

There is no difference. At the national level, there are no more moderate Democrats. And there aren’t very many left at the state and local levels either considering how many elections their party keeps losing to Republicans.

Doughboy on January 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM

I take it from you there are a lot of moderate republicans out there right? If so, why can’t your “moderate”/” “middle of the road” republicans win national elections in a presidential cycle? How come they only win elections when a 3rd of the electorate come out to vote?

farleftprogressive on January 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM

…what’s Chriisy got running…up and down his leg?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Socialists and Democrats are just Communists that haven’t gotten around to the whole mass graves thing yet.

CurtZHP on January 6, 2016 at 10:49 AM

I take it from you there are a lot of moderate republicans out there right? If so, why can’t your “moderate”/” “middle of the road” republicans win national elections in a presidential cycle? How come they only win elections when a 3rd of the electorate come out to vote?

farleftprogressive on January 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM

I know, right? I mean the world only started 8 years ago!

Now, will you be my b!tch come November of this year when a Republican wins the WH?

NotCoach on January 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

A Communist or Fascist will murder you for not obeying him.

A National Socialist will murder you for not being the same ethnicity as him.

A Socialist will murder you to prove a philosophical point.

An Ecologist will murder you to “Save Holy Mother Gaia”.

A Nihilist will murder you for the sheer hell of it.

An Anarchist will murder you so that Utopia may spontaneously create itself out of nothing.

An Islamist will murder you just because you exist.

A Progressive will murder you for any or all of the above reasons. Or just because he can’t think off anything more intelligent to do, notably after multiple bong hits.

A Progressive Democrat will hire one or more of the above to murder you so he can get what he wants while claiming he had nothing to do with it.

A Progressive Republican doesn’t give a damn who gets murdered, as long as it isn’t him and he gets paid on time.

That’s the difference. Such as it is.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

I know! I know! Democrats would never boo God at their national convention!

Nah, never mind. That’s not it.

Naturally Curly on January 6, 2016 at 10:56 AM

She looks bloated in that screencap.

(I know. When does she not look bloated?)

CurtZHP on January 6, 2016 at 10:58 AM

What? Not a single “what difference does it make” line? You’re getting rusty, folks.

Rix on January 6, 2016 at 10:58 AM

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.

What idiots think this moron can beat Trump in a debate? ROFLMAO

fossten on January 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM

I’d be surprised if Matthews ever asks this question again in public, or at least if he asks it before the general election in November.

I get the feeling that the next time Hillary makes the rounds for the media, Matthews will find himself being roped-off at a safe distance.

JetBoy on January 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM

A radical Muslim Socialist wants to kill you.
A moderate Muslim Democrat wants a radical Muslim Socialist to kill you.

Rix on January 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Matthews should know the answer. It is who gives a tingle up his leg.

Cecil Corn on January 6, 2016 at 11:01 AM

What idiots think this moron can beat Trump in a debate? ROFLMAO

fossten on January 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM

She won’t need to. If she just stands there mumbling incoherently while soiling her pantsuit, the media will sing hosannas to her dramatic thoughtful pauses and the power of her stream.

Rix on January 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM

I challenge any “progressive” to point out any significant differences between the Democratic Party platform and the Program of the Communist Party USA: The Road to Socialism USA.

There are no significant differences between them.

ITguy on January 6, 2016 at 11:03 AM

One of my favorites…

Fun With Quotes: Guess Which Collectivist said it…
and find out the true meaning of the “Common Good™”

ITguy on January 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

That was in no way responsive to the question. By design. And also owing to her inability to answer directly.

Waiter: “The chicken or the salmon, Mrs Clinton?”

Clinton: “I’m a person who likes to have dinner. While I know some prefer the beef or the salmon or the chicken; I think dinner works better if everybody works together to order. Even if you don’t want the same entree as I do – and I respect that; we get more ordering done when everybody orders. We have problems finding out what people want for dinner and we’ve got to find out. That’s what I want to do, I want to fix that”.

Waiter: ….

RDuke on January 6, 2016 at 11:05 AM

A socialist is someone who believes that the will of the individual is subordinate to the will of the collective.

A democrat is a corrupt socialist.

Immolate on January 6, 2016 at 11:11 AM

People think she can beat Trump?

Like. . . how?

Skipity on January 6, 2016 at 11:12 AM

not even gonna pick on Shrillary this time ..

I think the difference is, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz wouldn’t answer the question either when I asked her.

Can anyone in the media construct a complete , grammatically correct sentence?

corona79 on January 6, 2016 at 11:13 AM

She won’t need to. If she just stands there mumbling incoherently while soiling her pantsuit, the media will sing hosannas to her dramatic thoughtful pauses and the power of her stream.

Rix on January 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Yeah. The talking heads sure have been able to convince the Rubes that Trump has actually been losing all the debates.

oh wait . ..

Skipity on January 6, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Now, will you be my b!tch come November of this year when a Republican wins the WH?

NotCoach on January 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

lol. thanks for admitting you have been my b!tch for the past 8 years.

farleftprogressive on January 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM

This is where Trump’s howlers have an edge on Blue’s supporters.

Happy Nomad

Rent.Free. Poor little monkey feces crowd.

xblade on January 6, 2016 at 11:18 AM

lol. thanks for admitting you have been my b!tch for the past 8 years.

farleftprogressive on January 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM

I never implied that history began only 8 years ago.

NotCoach on January 6, 2016 at 11:19 AM

It’s funny that they can’t even be clever about their response.

Matthews: “What’s a Socialist?”
Clinton: “I’m a Progressive Democrat?”
Matthews: “What’s the difference between a Socialist and a Progressive Democrat?”
Clinton: “I like to get things done!”

It’s like talking to a four year old… except a real child probably has more logic to their answers.

Ukiah on January 6, 2016 at 11:20 AM

To repeat myself:

HILLARY CLINTON: I’m not one.

Actually that might be correct, is a Marxist kleptocrat in the mold of Castro, Chavez, Mugabe, the various Chinese commies, and the rest of that ilk, really a mere socialist ?

F X Muldoon on January 6, 2016 at 11:23 AM

She claims to be a Wilsonian Progressive which means she’s a warmongering racist.

RickB on January 6, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Her answer is unresponsive to the question and weak.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on January 6, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Until Ted “Red” Cruz calls for an end to public education, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, unemployment insurance, public libraries, interstate highways, progressive income tax, all student loans plus the GI Bill etc., we can assume he’s a socialist, too.

It’s a stupid question: everyone to the left of Ayn Rand is somewhat socialist.

urban elitist on January 6, 2016 at 11:48 AM

The Schaef on January 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Truman, Some of JFK. Carter to the point of weakness.

Zomcon JEM on January 6, 2016 at 12:07 PM

It’s a stupid question: everyone to the left of Ayn Rand is somewhat socialist.

urban elitist on January 6, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Yes, that’s a common attempt to whitewash true socialism, to equate any level of federal control as socialism by degrees. Defining it like that, of course, essentially negates the definition of every other term for a governing philosophy – since all government is not republican or fascist or communist, but x% socialist – but who’s counting.

But I guess, since all governance is socialist by default, then there would be no point for these Dems to (repeatedly) distance themselves from the moniker.

The Schaef on January 6, 2016 at 12:12 PM

farleftprogressive on January 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM

I love it when the uninformed fail to vote. Like the people interviewed with the GOP nominee’s position and the dem’s name attached to them.

I think voting should be restricted much more tightly than it is today – especially with campaigning which today is not much more different than buying liquor for people to vote for you as was done in the past.

As for the left’s ability to win anything other than the last two presidential elections, it would seem they are not on the most favorable glidepath. There clearly are moderate republicans in DC because we just got a budget deal that Schumer even said gave the democrats everything they hoped for. So outside of your point being silly, it demonstrates you aren’t paying attention.

You shouldn’t be voting.

Zomcon JEM on January 6, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Dont even argue with UE – dumb response, stupid logic, demonstrating a weak mind.

No one ever said no government. But they sure as hell screw up alot of what they touch – increasingly education, which used to be the purview of the states but to which the feds are royally screwing up on a regular basis.

Much of what the feds do is counterproductive and actually harmful to their stated beneficiaries. Which should make all of you ask who they are really in it for. It “ain’t” the little guy. It’s for themselves. And it goes for just about everyone in DC.

Zomcon JEM on January 6, 2016 at 12:15 PM

I think the better question would’ve been, “What’s the difference between a communist and a democrat?”

TXUS on January 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Socialism is the economic step leading to communism. Whether any given socialist agrees with all the reasoning of Marx, Engels et al, they weren’t stupid, and understood at least some aspects of the way society operates. So, whether they realize it or not, socialists are communists.

Fenris on January 6, 2016 at 10:41 AM

To TXUS: The answer is, “None.”

To Fenris: Indeed…

With Marxism-Leninism guiding our actions, the Communist Party strives to build the broadest unity against global capitalist imperialism now headed by U.S. imperialism, for immediate gains and reforms that benefit working people, and for a progressive democratization of the government, the economy, and society of our country on the road to and after winning socialism.

– From the Constitution of the Communist Party USA, Amended July 8, 2001 at the 27th National Convention, Milwaukee, WI

“On the road to AND AFTER winning socialism…”

Socialism is just a vehicle to get to where the Communists really want to go…

The Road to Socialism USA

ITguy on January 6, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Yes, that’s a common attempt to whitewash true socialism, to equate any level of federal control as socialism by degrees. Defining it like that, of course, essentially negates the definition of every other term for a governing philosophy – since all government is not republican or fascist or communist, but x% socialist – but who’s counting.

But I guess, since all governance is socialist by default, then there would be no point for these Dems to (repeatedly) distance themselves from the moniker.

The Schaef on January 6, 2016 at 12:12 PM

A common attempt to slur disfavored piliticians as “socialist” (“help me mommy, there are socialists under the bed, cried the Republican) while distancing preferred candidates and programs from which you benefit from, from the term. Those are major programs, definitively socialist, and all major Republican candidates tolerate if not embrace them.

urban elitist on January 6, 2016 at 12:33 PM

I think the better question would’ve been, “What’s the difference between a communist and a democrat?”

TXUS on January 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Technically, voting. But since both parties have most of their districts locked down to prevent outside candidates from running, there is no difference.

Magicjava on January 6, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Those are major programs, definitively socialist, and all major Republican candidates tolerate if not embrace them.

urban elitist on January 6, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Most republican politicians are socialists.

Magicjava on January 6, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Matthews discovers that Hillary can’t tell the difference between Democrats and socialists, either

And once again, there is NO difference!

earlgrey on January 6, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Those are major programs, definitively socialist, and all major Republican candidates tolerate if not embrace them.

urban elitist on January 6, 2016 at 12:33 PM

That is a rhetorical battle, not a policy battle. Look at the slings and arrows flung at Paul Ryan for even recommending an alternative way to fund Medicare and SS into the far future.

And the “roads and bridges” and “teachers” and “you didn’t build that” nonsense is both a non sequitir (government infrastructure on a national level is prescribed in the Constitution; control of major industry is not), and a false compromise. No advocate of big government who leans on these tropes is going to give up the rest of the federal behemoth to secure the minuscule portion of the budget and resources that goes to all the roads and bridges and teachers and so forth all put together (<2%). So it's a nonstarter to begin with.

Lastly, there have been numerous proposals over the years – to reduce or eliminate various federal departments, energy and education being high on the list; to reduce the federal entitlement state; to change the income tax structure – and despite the lack of any real momentum in Congress on those points, it hasn't stopped people of your stripe from hanging it around the necks of every conservative within shouting distance. So to lean on the "we're all socialists now" argument rings more than a little hollow.

But of course, none of this addresses the real problem here: that socialism as a political philosophy has a clear definition that distinguishes it from other forms of governance, and that you have discarded that definition in favor of an arbitrary one that allows you to make a false argument.

The Schaef on January 6, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Folks missed the key take away…..despite 7 years of democrat rule, the economy is still broken and needs fixing.

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.

Thanks, Hillary.

xblade on January 6, 2016 at 1:04 PM

xblade on January 6, 2016 at 1:04 PM

When the jobs report is released on Friday, it will show that December 2016 was the 82nd consecutive month of SUB-60% Employment.

That is the worst streak since January 1979.

ITguy on January 6, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Tingles actually asked DWS and Hitlery Clintoon a good question.

But, hey, let’s make fun of the loons over at the John Birch Society…this, too shall pass.

Unreal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 6, 2016 at 3:24 PM

There’s absolutely no difference, and that’s a huge problem for the party. Matthews keeps trying to help them out by trying to get them to articulate any difference at all. The fact that they can’t is very telling.

I talked about this on my own blog a little: http://triggerwarningblog.blogspot.com/2016/01/democrat-or-socialist-hillary-clinton.html

Cthulhu2012 on January 6, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Spelling.
That is the sole difference.

orangemtl on January 6, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Compare Hillary’s halting response to one a conservative would give when asked to describe their ideology: Small government, strong defense, adherence to the Constitution, liberty for the individual over the collective, belief in the free market and capitalism.

Hillary doesn’t want the job of President; she wants the power that comes with the position. Forget about running the country; she wants to remold the country. That’s why she can’t enunciate what she believes.

Mallard T. Drake on January 6, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Tingles actually asked DWS and Hitlery Clintoon a good question.

But, hey, let’s make fun of the loons over at the John Birch Society…this, too shall pass.

Unreal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 6, 2016 at 3:24 PM

From a perceptive Power Line commenter:

You would’ve thought that her handlers could have prepped an answer for her since Matthews hit DNC chair with the same question and he probably gave his interview questions up to Clinton before the interview.

Del Dolemonte on January 6, 2016 at 6:12 PM

BIG Govts are all the same so it doesn’t really matter if you want to call it socialist or Progressive:

There were five forms of governance that migrated from theory to reality in the 20th Century: Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Nazism and Progressivism. The common denominator among them was unprecedented control and regulation by the State over human activity. It is delusional to think that the totalitarian impulse expired with the 20th Century.

Karmi on January 6, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Video: Matthews discovers that Hillary can’t tell the difference between Democrats and socialists, either

Can anyone?

farsighted on January 6, 2016 at 9:41 PM