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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) falsely attributed an Obamacare horror story to the conservative group Americans for Prosperity and some of its donors after being misled by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, according to a political fact-checking outlet.
Koch Industries replied on Tuesday to sustained attacks on the company and its fraternal owners Charles and David Koch by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.).
During a frenzied outburst on the Senate floor Wednesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) denounced cancer-research barons Charles and David Koch as “about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine” and accused them of trying to “buy our democracy.”
We are interested to learn more about what sort of activity Reid considers “un-American.”
Would that include helping a Chinese-owned wind farm secure $450 million in stimulus funding to build a factory in Reid’s home state of Nevada after receiving thousands of dollars in campaign donation’s from the wind farm’s backers?
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is staying silent about a new congressional amendment that would level fresh economic sanctions on Iran, leading some insiders to say that the pro-Israel lobbying group has been “neutered” following a high profile defeat last month.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) took to the Senate floor on two separate occasions Wednesday to attack libertarian philanthropy barons Charles and David Koch.
During his initial outburst, Reid complained that every single “horror story” about Obamacare, specifically those mentioned in ads financed by the Koch-affiliated Americans for Prosperity (AFP), were “untrue.” The Koch brothers, he said, had “no conscience.”
It’s all part of a larger, coordinated effort to make the 2014 midterms a referendum not on President Obama’s policies, but on the political activity of two private citizens. Senator Kay Hagan (D., N.C.), for example, has based her entire campaign around this trope.