Bernie Sanders, the insurgent candidate for president, says he plans to give "a major speech" soon explaining what he means when he calls himself a democratic socialist.
"I think there are a lot of people who, when they hear the word 'socialist,' get very, very nervous," Sanders told reporters in Iowa this week. He's right; a recent Gallup Poll found that 50% of voters aren't willing to vote for a socialist.
But it's a little puzzling why Sanders thinks he needs to give a stemwinder on the subject. He's been explaining his definition of socialism almost nonstop since he declared his candidacy in April.
"To me, democratic socialism means...