WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton made fun of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) Monday night for saying that dozens of House Democrats are members of the Communist party.West was asked a question about Marxists and International Socialists, and answered in terms of Communists and Progressives. He used the terms loosely, and lumped them all together. He was referring to Congressmen who call themselves Progressives.
During a campaign event in New York City, Clinton praised President Barack Obama for stabilizing the economy and for health care reform, and noted that Obama has "had to get all this done with a House of Representatives that had one of the tea party members claim that 78 to 81 members of the Democratic caucus were members of the Communist party." Clinton was referring to West, who declared in April that all members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are communists.
Clinton lamented that "neither the Republican nominee nor other Republican leaders rebuked [West] for saying that," according to a White House pool report. He also wondered aloud how West's claims could even be true, given that it's 2012.
"This is not the 1950s!" Clinton said. "At least Joe McCarthy could skate on the premise that there were still one or two living communists walking around. Nobody’s seen a communist in over a decade!"
Clinton also supported the recall of Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker. Walker won his election last night by a wide margin, to the horror of leftists who hate him for trying to control govt expenses.
Clinton seems to be implying that it is Romney's responsibility to explain the political views of a far-left Democrat caucus. Can't the caucus members explain their own views? One of the biggest liberal complaints about the 1950s is that leftists were sometimes asked to explain whether they were Communists, and they were frequently embarrassed to do so.