In yet another sign of how far to the left the Democratic Party is lurching, the newest entry into the clown car race for president refuses to label himself a capitalist at all. In several separate interviews over the weekend, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper avoided answering specific queries into where his economic loyalties lie.
“I think it’s kind of a silly question,” he said Sunday in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Why are you uncomfortable calling yourself a capitalist?” asked host Margaret Brennan.
“Well, I have been — the point I was making is that we have defined people by these labels that often have all kinds of associations and baggage with them in that sense,” Hickenlooper replied. “Do I believe in small business? Of course I believe in small business. I started probably more than 20 different small businesses. I would have — in one year, I would have over a million customers. I understand that.
“We should be looking at some of the reasons behind why we have less and less startups,” he continued. “We should look at some of the reasons why, you know, more and more people aren’t wanting to start a business.”
When Brennan noted that Republicans were labeling Democrats as “anti-business socialists,” Hickenlooper dismissed it as a “ridiculous” talking point. You know, even though he won’t commit to denying that he’s a socialist!
“The Democrat Party is a big tent,” he said. “And do I believe in free markets? Do I believe that, you know, you put capital to work to create jobs and improve your community?”
Right, do you? Do you?
“You know back, when I was a kid, businesses understood that part of their job wasn’t just to make as much profit as they could, but it was to create the community,” he said. “Once you get back into these labels — am I a capitalist, am I a socialist, how much of a capitalist am I vs. how much of a socialist…that becomes kind of silly, doesn’t it?”
Er, well, it would seem a lot sillier if you were able to simply answer the question. The more you avoid telling the plain, simple truth about what you believe, the more serious the talking point gets. Because if you’re running to be the President of the United States and you have some kind of ham-handed idea of turning our nation into a federally-controlled, centrally-planned marketplace…well, don’t you think the voters should know that? Don’t you think that’s kind of important?
At long last, Hickenlooper said, “I’m happy to say I’m a capitalist…but I think at a certain point the labels do nothing but divide us.”
Hmm, we suppose it’s up to the viewer to determine if “I’m happy to say I’m a capitalist” is the same as “I’m a capitalist.”
Good luck in 2020, Democrats. You’re gonna need it.