¡Muchas gracias, señor Matthews! If Bernie Sanders becomes the Dem nominee, the GOP might wind up having to pay royalties to Chris Matthews. On this evening's Hardball, Matthews aired what he himself said could be an anti-Bernie Republican ad, cobbled together from clips of various radical statements Sanders has made over the years.
In Chris' commercial, Sanders is seen saying he's a socialist, confirming he's not a capitalist, admitting that he applied for conscientious objector status, indicating that he would raise taxes to somewhere between 50 and 90%, and preaching political "revolution." Workers of the world: unite behind Bernie!
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let's think politically. Forget the ideology. Forget anything about -- just think about how the Republicans are going to run against this guy. If it's Hillary who has a thing going with Bernie, or Bernie. Socialism: nah, nah, nah, nah. Raising taxes: no, no, no, no. Revolution, oh, my God, we're all scared. It not hard to imagine the volley of attacks they're going to paint Bernie, his allies, or the Democratic party, as out of touch. Here's Bernie in his own words.
C-SPAN QUESTIONER: I believe that you were introduced as a socialist.
BERNIE SANDERS: I am a socialist.
MSNBC: Are you a capitalist?
SANDERS: We will raise taxes, yes, we will.
DEBATE QUESTIONER: You said you would go above 50%, how high?
SANDERS: We haven't come up with an exact number yet, but it will not be as high as the number under Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was 90%.
CITIZEN: There's a rumor going around that you were a conscientious objector.
SANDERS: I did apply for conscientious objector status, yes.
SANDERS: What Iowa has begun tonight is a political revolution.
MATTHEWS: Could be an ad right there.