I’ve been saying this for years — Republicans are like Vizzini, the words they use do not mean what they think they mean.
Writes Steve Benen at MSNBC: “Look, there’s no reason for ‘socialism’ to serve as a synonym for ‘stuff Republicans don’t like.’ It’s an actual word with a fairly specific meaning, involving public ownership of the means of production. And it in no way reflects the Obama era.”
And I doubt that sending dictionaries with the word underlined to the House and Senate GOP would accomplish much. I’ve seen friends on Facebook use the word “socialism” as Benen describes, as a synonym for stuff they don’t like, and when they’re called on it, they admit that they’re using the word incorrectly and incoherently… and then go right on using it as they have.