Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” delivered one of the most revealing moments on cable news in years on Tuesday when he asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz what the difference is between modern Democrats and socialists. She literally refused to answer the question. The spokeswoman for the DNC could not give an intelligent answer on what separates Democrats from socialists.
Matthews: “What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is? Between a Democrat like Hillary Clinton and a socialist like Bernie Sanders?”
Wasserman-Schultz: The more important question is the difference between being a Democrat and a Republican.
Matthews: But what’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist? You’re the chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist.
Wasserman-Schultz: The relevant debate that we’ll be having over the course of this campaign [Chris Matthews’ slight laughter in the background] is ‘What is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?’
Matthews: “I think there’s a big difference. I think there’s a huge difference.”
Wasserman-Schultz: The difference between a Democrat and a Republican is that Democrats fight to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to succeed, and the Republicans are strangled by their right-wing extremists.
The look on Mrs. Wasserman-Schultz’s face when Chris Matthews asked her to differentiate modern Democrats from socialists spoke volumes. It was as if she were locked in a room with a man whose stomach was well into its way of processing a dozen rotten eggs he had eaten hours before.
Republicans are “strangled” be “extremists,” and yet the DNC chairwoman can’t tell a cable news host the difference between a Democrat and a socialist. Classic.
Ask yourself this question: If there was such a “huge difference” that wasn’t elucidated for Chris Matthews’ audience, then why did he move on to another subject instead of explaining it to them? The answer is that a “huge” difference does not exist.
Years ago I had a job that allowed me to travel all across the country talking to people about public policy issues. There were often older men and women at these events who really seemed to believe the Democratic Party was still one that would welcome a man like John F. Kennedy. As the DNC chair’s non-response demonstrates, those days are over.
The sad truth of the matter is that the modern Democratic Party essentially sees no area of American life that should be shielded from the bureaucratic bombardments of an ever-expansive federal government. The modern Republican Party is filled with spineless men whose jiggle-jowls wobble back and forth while they play lip service to the virtues of limited government, but little else.
The American people get what they deserve, and right now we deserve Debbie Wasserman-Schultz leading the DNC and Donald Trump leading in the polls. If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know, then it is highly likely that you were a key player in creating the political climate that now exists.