DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews this week and to Matthews’ credit, he asked her a tough question.

First, the two were discussing Bernie Sanders and the role he should play in the next Democratic National Convention. Then Matthews asked Schultz to explain the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist and things got very interesting.

Josh Feldman of Mediate describes the exchange:

Matthews asked Wasserman-Schultz if, even if he loses, Sanders would have a place at the DNC convention, seeing as how he’s really popular with the base and could fire up a Democratic audience before the election.

She said he should get to speak, but Matthews kept prodding away to see if he would be allowed to speak in primetime instead of “when nobody’s watching.”

Wasserman-Schultz talked up his “progressive populist message” that people like, when Matthews asked her point-blank, “What’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is?”

Wasserman-Schultz ducked the question, but Matthews pressed her and said, “You’re the chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me what’s the difference between you and a socialist.”

Video via Ed Morrissey of Hot Air:

Isn’t it strange that she couldn’t give a straight answer?

Matthews’ line of questioning makes sense in the context of his career. Long before he joined the media, he worked for House Speaker Tip O’Neill who probably wouldn’t recognize his own party were he still with us today.

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