Congrats to the New York Times for its scoop on the “new Democratic strategy” of lashing out at Charles and David Koch, libertarian philanthropists who, according to the Times, “look genial enough.”
What makes this year’s effort to villainize the Koch brothers a “new” strategy for Democrats is unclear, but this is the New York Times we’re talking about, so they must be on to something, especially considering their piece is a pretty transparent ripoff of this Buzzfeed article by Kate Nocera from less than a week ago.
Perhaps there is some nuanced distinction that sets Harry Reid’s latest bout of hysteria apart from the 2010 campaign, when Democrats ran furiously against the Koch brothers and got shellacked on Election Day, losing independents by 15 points. On the other hand, perhaps not.
Maybe it’s the clever new slogan: “The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch.” It’s clever because “Koch” is pronounced “coke,” as in the drug “cocaine,” which is addicting. That’s pretty funny. Credit to Reid’s wife Landra Gould, who reportedly came up with it.