|When someone asks you to tell them the difference between a Socialist or Democrat.|
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This is absolutely too rich. It seems that Hillary Clinton was having a friendly little chat on MSNBC with Chris "Tingles" Matthews. Everything was going well, at least until the Spirit of Journalism entered Chris Matthews and caused him to ask a real question.
That question was "what is the difference between a socialist and a democrat?"
Predictably Hillary Clinton tried to deflect, telling Tingles that he should be asking Bernie Sanders instead. Matthews persisted, though, and again repeated the question. Hillary's response was quite epic to say the least:
Original video link: Hillary Clinton Will Not Say What the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist Is
Bravo, Mrs. Clinton, bravo. You completely flubbed the question. Here's a thought. Maybe the reason why Hillary (and Debbie Wasserman Schultz in an earlier incident) can't tell us the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist is that there IS no difference. Socialists love big government, power and control, and want to be in control of all aspects of their citizens' lives. They believe anything worth having comes from the government, and government is the solution to all of life's problems. Democrats by contrast...love big government, power and control, and believe that government is the solution to all of life's problems.
I understand why Matthews asked the question-he's trying to help Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats here. Matthews wants to give the Democrats every opportunity possible to put some distance between the party and the "socialist" label. Why? Because most of the country still views socialism in an unfavorable manner. In fact a Gallup poll last year showed that only 47% of Americans would consider voting for a Socialist if their party nominated one. That might not seem like much, but keep in mind that's millions of people that would NOT vote for a Socialist candidate. There's a huge liability in being identified as a Socialist. Once you're labeled as one that's all the public will see. That's all your opponent will need to attack you on. It's possible that a majority of Americans might vote for a Socialist candidate in the future, but at the moment that doesn't seem very likely.
Democrats need to put as much distance between them and the Socialist label as possible if they want to win in 2016. The fact that this is even an issue, combined with high-ranking Democrats' inability to make that distinction, shows just how far the party has fallen.