One of the better moments at last night’s CNBC debate was when Ted Cruz called out the moderators for their idiotic questions and hit Democrat candidates as a really just a “debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.”

Cruz meant the Bolshevik/Menshevik line as critique of the Dem debate moderators who accepted the candidates’ embrace of socialism without any critique of the failed economic doctrine, but that was lost on the CNBC crew last night:

It was also lost on NBC’s Chuck Todd (maybe):

We’re not sure if he was joking or not, but last night and early this morning, the reaction was pretty much in the “he’s serious” camp:

From Wikipedia:

The Mensheviks subscribed to an Orthodox Marxist view of social and economic development, believing that socialism could not be achieved in Russia due to its backward economic conditions, and that Russia would first have to experience a bourgeois revolution and go through a capitalist stage of development before socialism was technically possible and before the working class could develop the necessary consciousness for a socialist revolution.[8] Thus, the Mensheviks were opposed to the Bolshevik idea of a Vanguard party and pursuit of socialist revolution in Russia.

So, no Chuck. Mensheviks are not just socialists who speak Yiddish, be he should have known that (Or maybe he did know that):

Now there is some debate if Todd’s tweet was just a joke or not:

For the record, we don’t see any indication that Chuck Todd has specifically said he was joking however. To be continued…

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