Soledad O'Brien Asks Christine O'Donnell to Define Marxist
Former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is not a witch. The Tea Party darling is also not able to definte the term "Marxist."
The M-word is a term O'Donnell used frequently to describe her former Democratic opponent Chris Coons and one used with fervor when referring to President Obama's public statements as "Marxist soundbites."
“Why do you think they’re Marxist?” O’Brien asked. “I mean, you kind of throw the words socialist and Marxist around that are not necessarily, I think, anchored in definitions of socialism and Marxism. So give me the definition.”
“Well, they absolutely are,” O’Donnell replied. “They absolutely are. But let me, I’ll get to that…”
Another mistake O'Donnell made was calling herself a “policy wonk” in front of O’Brien. Earlier in the segment she’d mentioned that “policy wonks like me” read a lot of statistics and figures that apathetic youth don’t. “You’re a policy wonk now? When did that happen?” O’Brien asked a moment later, prompting O’Donnell to change the term, then change the subject.
“Well, I’ve been involved in politics for 20 years,” she tried to explain. “I mean, that’s what… Policy junkie. Political junkie. You know, I mean… We read these reports. We read when people say, that person is gonna destroy Medicare or, you know, worse than the other. But most don’t. Especially the young people. That’s why they’re so apathetic. That’s why those statistics are so so alarming.”