I remember when Bernie Sanders was first elected to Congress in 1990 explicitly as a socialist, Tom Bethell wondered in The American Spectator how we would tell the difference between Sanders and the Democrats, with whom he decided to caucus.
Now that Sanders is planning to run for the Senate as a Democrat, todays Wall Street Journal editorial page points us to a remark of Howard Dean in his recent interview with Tim Russert, who asked Dean if there was room in the Democratic party for a socialist.
Dean: "Hes not a socialist really. . . He is basically a liberal Democrat."
Game, set, and match to Bethell.