But, it's the Koch Brothers who are Un-American and unpatriotic.
The billionaire Koch brothers can agitate against cap and trade, and billionaire Steyer can agitate for it. That’s how a free political system works. In his speech during the Democratic global warming talkathon Monday, Reid attacked the other side’s billionaires (a.k.a. oil barons) during an event that was coordinated with his own side’s billionaire (Democratic senators had discussed the idea of the mock filibuster with Steyer at a fundraiser, of all places).
The break-glass-in-emergency Democratic option in tough midterm elections is finding a boogeyman. In 2010, it was “secret foreign money” funneled through the Chamber of Commerce. This absurdly tendentious demagoguery didn’t stop Republicans from picking up more than 60 House seats.
Nor will the attack on the Kochs affect this year’s outcome one way or another. Are we supposed to believe that the public, which is overwhelmingly sour on Obamacare, will ignore their own feelings about the highly consequential law and treat the midterms as a referendum on the people funding ads attacking the law they don’t like in the first place?
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has launched an anti-Koch campaign with the slogan, “The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch.” Most people will wonder, “Why are Republicans addicted to COACH? Or, KOTCH, the entertaining late mayor of New York?” For the line to work, Democrats would have to explain, “No, no. It’s COKE. Like the soda, and the drug. Get it?”
The left can be forgiven for thinking everyone else is as obsessed with the Koch brothers as they are. The log on the Koch Industries website of the more than 200 New York Times stories mentioning the Kochs since 2011 runs about 20 pages when printed. The iconic motto of the paper could be updated to “All the News Fit to Print about the Shadowy Brothers Trashing America.” The logical endpoint of this anti-Kochery was the spectacle the other day of left-wingers protesting the coming advent of the David H. Koch Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital because of its association with a philanthropist with uncongenial politics. How long before demonstrators target the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center during a New York City Ballet performance of “Swan Lake,” and interrupt the dance of the little swans with cries of “Koch Kills Democracy”?
It is inevitable that any conservative writing about this kind of campaign will quote the Saul Alinsky dictum from his book “Rules for Radicals”: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” In its piece on Reid’s anti-Koch gambit, The New York Times reports, “The majority leader was particularly struck by a presentation during a recent Senate Democratic retreat, which emphasized that one of the best ways to draw an effective contrast is to pick a villain, one of his aides said.”
How high-minded. For a powerful national officeholder to stoop to such personal invective against private citizens seems bullying and itself vaguely un-American. But I defer to Harry Reid. He is the expert on American-ness.
He has caused the collapse of governments and is known as ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.’
Your hypocrisy is showing.
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