Far be it from me, someone who calls ObamaCare the Stalinization of Health Care Act of 2010, to impugn somebody else’s hyperbolic references to the dictator-under-glass.*
That said, what is wrong with Chris Matthews?
He recently characterized the primary challenge of Governor Charlie Crist for Florida’s Republican Senatorial nomination by former Speaker of that state’s House of Representatives, Marco Rubio—a challenge Crist has basically no way of winning at this point—“Stalinesque”, and a “purging” of the party. Really?
First of all, Chris, it’s not as though Rubio is trying to run Crist out of the office he holds, like Ned Lamont tried to do to Joe Liebermann in 2006. That wasn’t an attempt at a “Stalinesque purge” either, as the party allowed the primary to unfold before ultimately endorsing Lamont after he won the primary.
But let’s see what, to Matthews, a “Stalinesque purge” looks like:
In an open primary to replace a Senator who was installed by Crist himself (ostensibly as a place-holder till he could run for the seat himself), the Republican National Senatorial Committee has endorsed Crist. So has the Senate Minority Leader.
But when a grass-roots organization rises up within the Republican party, demands its leaders hear them, and supports somebody besides that of the established party elites (Dede Scozzafava, please call your office), it’s considered a “Stalinesque purge” by Chris Matthews.
I suppose, if you’re a socialist like Chris Matthews, perhaps you might buy into Stalin’s rhetoric that he was all about “The People”. In that sense, when “The People” actually do take action to overthrow an inefficient and centralized party structure that’s overbearing on the citizenry, it’s reminiscent of the bearded-one.
But it almost sounds, to hear Matthews say it, like a bad thing.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)
*Just as clarification, I reference Stalin in describing ObamaCare becuase it’s, essentially, a take-over of an industry; the means of production, if you will.