Video: Old man yells at cloud

posted at 4:01 pm on March 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

In which the Grandpa Simpson of the Senate utters the word “radical” 21 times in less than seven minutes.

It has, alas, come to this:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday accused Republicans of holding up crucial assistance to Ukraine in order to protect the Koch brothers.

Reid tied the billionaire brothers who have bankrolled conservative causes to GOP demands that language delaying the Internal Revenue Service’s regulation of non-profit political advocacy groups be added to the Ukraine package…

“It’s hard for me to comprehend how with a clear conscience they could say, ‘Ukrainians, we probably can’t help you because we’re trying to protect the Koch brothers,’” he said on Thursday. “And not only that, they’re saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than helping our country.”

What’s the strategy here? And don’t tell me “he’s trying to rev up the Democratic base.” They did the same thing in 2010, hyperventilating over secret “foreign money” and the Chamber of Commerce (ironically, now a Democratic ally on amnesty), and they got roundly destroyed at the polls for their trouble. No one cares enough about this to make their vote turn on it; if you’re a liberal who hates the Kochs with a blinding passion, you’ve got a thousand other issues that’ll get you down to the voting booth with or without Reid’s Koch binge. Granted, demagoging the Kochs might squeeze an extra nickel from lefty donors, but surely not so much that it’s worth the Senate majority leader droning on repeatedly about this for weeks on end. If this is part of a party-driven strategy to hit liberals in their wallets, why on earth would you farm it out to Harry Reid instead of to Elizabeth Warren, whom the left loves and whose leadership on this subject would inevitably be amplified by breathless media treating it as a sign that she might run in 2016?

If, for whatever reason, they didn’t want Warren to take the lead on this, you would think they’d at least want someone besides Reid, who’s known for unusually shameless demagoguery among political media and whose whining is therefore more easily discounted. Maybe this guy simply pulled rank and demanded the job himself. Maybe he’s anticipating a tough reelection bid against a strong opponent in Brian Sandoval in 2016 and figures there’s no time like the present to start mega-pandering to the left. He can’t save the Democrats in November but maybe he can save himself.

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He’s a complete fecking idjit?

PolAgnostic on March 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

It’s the only set of talking points he can remember?

PolAgnostic on March 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

HAHA! Top 10 best headlines easily, Allah.

Chuck Schick on March 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Otherwise he starts rambling on about alleged reports of his pederast tendencies?

PolAgnostic on March 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

OT – the stupid abounds these days.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

What’s the strategy here?

Fundraising.

The same reason they held an all-night filibuster of nothing.

mankai on March 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

What did the cloud say?

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM

“It’s hard for me to comprehend how with a clear conscience they could say, ‘Ukrainians, we probably can’t help you because we’re trying to protect the Koch brothers,’” he said on Thursday. “And not only that, they’re saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than helping our country.”

^ That’s paranoia, the mental illness kind.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Harry Reid is following the Joe Biden model of Senate behavior… just be an idiot and live happily ever after while you rake in the big bucks.

JQA on March 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Who let Grandpa out of his room?! Get him back before he wanders off again!

ThePrez on March 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Mortician of the Land

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Grandpa needs to be put down.

Dack Thrombosis on March 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Yes, agreed, this is epic Allahpundit.

John the Libertarian on March 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

did he recite any cowboy poetry …..

conservative tarheel on March 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I think if we put life-sized figures of the Koch Brothers on R.C. cars, we could have him runnin` around D.C. so he can`t do any more harm.

ThePrez on March 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

No Country for Old Men.

Electrongod on March 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

We (taxpayers) should charge Reid for that lectern he speaks behind.

Herb on March 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Some may remember the sign outside Bart’ Simpson’s grandfather’s nursing home:

“Thank you for not discussing the outside world.”

viking01 on March 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Americans do not need to fear the Koch brothers. They are honest law-abiding citizens who happen to have made lots of money providing quality goods and services to Americans at competitive prices.

I can’t say the same about Harry Reid. We should fear malevolent powerful politicians with ill-defined morals. He provides inferior-quality goods and services to Americans using dishonest tactics at inflated prices. Whatever he provides is pushed on us whether we want it or not, and our money is taken to pay for it by force.

s1im on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Two words, Dingy Harry: George Soros

He has caused the collapse of governments and is known as ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.’

Your hypocrisy is showing.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The answer is very simple, and the same as the IRS scandal: intimidate right-side donors and keep them out of the way.

No one wants to be treated the way the Kochs have been. Reid is saying to others: if you donate to the right, this is what you’ll get.

HakerA on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The Senator from Nevada has it on good authority that the Koch brothers have not paid any taxes in 10 years.

Pless1foEngrish on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Ugh

SweetSensationalist on March 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

“This war stupid cause is lost.”

Bitter Clinger on March 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Reid’s Koch binge.

Well there is that pederasty thingy, someone was talkin about.

Did I just say that….

MontanaMmmm on March 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Levin is going off on Cavuto.

John the Libertarian on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Not on Cavuto, but on the anti-Jolly campaign.

John the Libertarian on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Who knew that Dingy Harry had Tourette’s syndrome? Every time he speaks he shouts out KOCH BROTHERS!

neyney on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Alright, you haters.

Give the man back his meds.

hillbillyjim on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Painting your opponents as “extreme” to try and make yourself look moderate is the sign of a weak and poor rhetorician. But, you already knew that about Dinghy Harry.

Mallard T. Drake on March 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

He’s trying to make the case for euthanizing senile people under ObamaCare?

CycloneCDB on March 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM

That loons Like ‘Hairy Reed’, ‘Shaniqua Jackass-Lee’ and ‘Shank Johnson’ aren’t laughed off the stage, out of politics and into drooling obscurity, is one of the saddest commentaries on this entire nation that I can imagine.

LegendHasIt on March 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

I have to think Reid is doing this on his own. Sure, it’s part of a larger strategy but I think he believes his own nonsense and wants to lead the mob.

Otherwise, why not have a back bencher do it? Like a Warren? She’s the liberal flavor of the day. But Reid is doing it.

SteveMG on March 13, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Overheard in the boardroom of the Koch Brothers:

“Harry Reid is really taking it to us in Senate. We should devise a strategy to counter and neutralize him before he can hurt our efforts.”

[five minutes of uproarious and uncontrolled laughter.]

“Good one.”

Mallard T. Drake on March 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Who knew that Dingy Harry had Tourette’s syndrome? Every time he speaks he shouts out KOCH BROTHERS!

Ha! Good one.

tominsd on March 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Harry’s just doing his bit to ramp up the Two Minute Hate. And in other good news, chocolate rations are up to 25 grams a week!

Severian on March 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Harry Reid is a treasonous POS. This is who gets empowered when people can’t see the urgency of keeping democrats out.

V7_Sport on March 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Your hypocrisy is showing.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Sophie, this is not hypocrisy. This is mental illness. He would not be put in jail by a court because he is too deranged to stand trial. It’s truly pathetic.

NOMOBO on March 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Senility becomes Reid.

GarandFan on March 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Two words, Dingy Harry: George Soros

He has caused the collapse of governments and is known as ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.’

Your hypocrisy is showing.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I remain convinced the left essentially “invented” the Evil Koch Brothers as sort of a counter to the ugly reality of George Soros.

Doomberg on March 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I’m really starting to think it is personal between Dingy Harry and the Koch Bros.

ctmom on March 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Was it a girl cloud or a boy cloud, and how could you tell?

HiJack on March 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Good thing there is obamacare to relieve him of his job lock. Go write poetry old man…

SoCalInfidel on March 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

When the conservatives take back the Senate, they should deny Reid any committee leadership. Show him what it is to be vindictive. Let him know tat he might as well resign so that he can “spend time with his family” because he will be the subject of every ethical investigation possible.

DAT60A3 on March 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

…he’s nucking futs…where is the MSM?…they need to commit him!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I still think some of you guys are giving him too much credit. :) It was manipulation and BS at some point, or just simple mistrust — but if I saw this guy walking down the street wearing fingerless gloves and with a jar of urine in his pocket, I’d expect him to be mumbling “Kochs.” Dude’s being eaten by his imagination.

Axe on March 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

For the MASH fans out there, you might remember when Harry Morgan appeared on an early episode as a different character than Col. Potter. That early character as goofier than a fruitcake. That old episode comes to mind when I hear Harry Reid (not Harry Morgan) talk about the “evil Koch Bros” and the monsters in his closet telling him about Mitt Romney’s tax filngs.

teejk on March 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Thanks tominsd. I’m no Bishop but I try. Speaking of Bishop is he really gone for good or just pulling our collective legs?

neyney on March 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Harry Reid is obviously suffering from dementia … seriously.

Whitey Ford on March 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

George Soros: Godfather of the Left

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Fairy godfather or sugAR DADDY.

crankyoldlady on March 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

When the conservatives take back the Senate, they should deny Reid any committee leadership. Show him what it is to be vindictive. Let him know tat he might as well resign so that he can “spend time with his family” because he will be the subject of every ethical investigation possible.

DAT60A3 on March 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

The majority party doesn’t get to tell the minority who its ranking committee members will be. But I suspect that if the Senate Dems get the pasting they deserve in November, Harry Reid will be buried on the Joint Committee on Printing and never seen or heard from again.

Athanasius on March 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Syphilis.

RushBaby on March 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

He’s not afraid of the Kochs, that’s why he keeps yelling about them…because he’s so confident they don’t matter and the public will reject anything not completely communistically liberal.

Well, I don’t know of anyone that’s afraid of a punch drunk old commie liberal either, so there is that.

Diluculo on March 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

GACK!!!

I could even hold the throw up in my mouth…

ladyingray on March 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Alt. title: Dingy Harry’s Paranoid Senile Rant

myiq2xu on March 13, 2014 at 4:49 PM

WHY does anyone gives this pedophile any pub at all is my question…………

Katfish on March 13, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Video: Old man yells at cloud

Heh…this is why I keep coming back.

And I think he’s doing it because the Left needs a bogeyman, and the Koch Bros are it for the forseeable future. Nevermind that billionaires bankrolling liberal causes is OK.

changer1701 on March 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Who knew that Dingy Harry had Tourette’s syndrome? Every time he speaks he shouts out KOCH BROTHERS!

neyney on March 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

If only he was a Republican, imagine the fun SNL could have with Dingy. So much dynamite comedy material left on the floor.

slickwillie2001 on March 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Harry Reid is three notches lower than dog waste.

307wolverine on March 13, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Perhaps all of the above, AP, but also as a warning shot to GOP donors as well. Dems are all about not only whipping up their own voters and donors, but squelching, intimidating, demoralizing and chilling GOP voters and donors.

The GOP seems to think they need to do that to their own voters and donors too, for some reason, though.

Midas on March 13, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Old man yells at cloud newspaper clip

Chuck Schick on March 13, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Saw earlier today someplace:

Per Reid: Koch brothers responsible for break-up of The Beatles. Where were the Koch brothers when JFK, RFK were killed? Koch brothers invented the Edsel. Koch brothers started Legionnaire’s disease.

Reid is certifiably insane.

matthew8787 on March 13, 2014 at 4:54 PM

When the conservatives take back the Senate, they should deny Reid any committee leadership. Show him what it is to be vindictive. Let him know tat he might as well resign so that he can “spend time with his family” because he will be the subject of every ethical investigation possible.

DAT60A3 on March 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

The majority party doesn’t get to tell the minority who its ranking committee members will be. But I suspect that if the Senate Dems get the pasting they deserve in November, Harry Reid will be buried on the Joint Committee on Printing and never seen or heard from again.

Athanasius on March 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I’d like to think so, too, but I suspect Mitch McConnell will reach out to his friend and colleague, and in the name of bipartisanship, and preserving the comity of the Senate, he will afford Reid any and all courtesies and privileges usually afforded to such a long tenured and esteemed colleague.

And other such bullshit.

Midas on March 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Willie remember the SNL producer said Repubs have a sense of humor and Dems don’t. Thats why they don’t make fun of Dems. Yeah sure, thats the ticket! Back in the good ole days Johnny Carson would be having a field day with all this Dem stupidity. To him whether you were left or right funny was funny. I miss Carson

neyney on March 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Harry Reid is obviously suffering from dementia … seriously.

Whitey Ford on March 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

As is half of Washington.

Laura Castellano on March 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Maybe he’s trying to get blame the Koch brothers to replace blame Bush, as that’s kind of losing it’s sell by date. Either that or he’s just demented.

And is he trying to make the case that sending aid to the Ukraine is helping our country?

talkingpoints on March 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Reid: “GET OFF MY LAWN! Dang’it those Koch boys never listen to me.”

Ukiah on March 13, 2014 at 5:07 PM

The United Sates Senate: greatest deliberative body of senile old geezers in the entire universe.
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The United Sates Senate: where seniority counts for more than intelligence, leadership or knowledge.

ExpressoBold on March 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

This man is insane!

Sam Adams on March 13, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Studio 54 in its heyday wasn’t this Koch-obsessed.

sulla on March 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Allah, that headline would have made Hitch hold back a laugh.

bravo, dude.

budfox on March 13, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Studio 54 in its heyday wasn’t this Koch-obsessed.

sulla on March 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CdVTCDdEwI

budfox on March 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

“It’s hard for me to comprehend how with a clear conscience they could say, ‘Ukrainians, we probably can’t help you because we’re trying to protect the Koch brothers,’” he said on Thursday. “And not only that, they’re saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than helping our country.”

This will probably incentivize the Koch brothers to give more money to Republicans to take Dingy Harry’s gavel away.

Steve Z on March 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Can’t wait to see Reid’s reaction when the Koch Bros steal the Senate from the Dems.

antipc on March 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

No one wants to be treated the way the Kochs have been. Reid is saying to others: if you donate to the right, this is what you’ll get.

HakerA on March 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

That’s probably the closest to correct.

But you can’t overlook the continual forecast that his career is coming to an end, especially today where it’s ringing loud.

Elder Chillingworth does not want to be Twitchy Pelosi for the next two years, clawing and praying for a return to power.

budfox on March 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM

“I’m not afraid of the Koch brothers.”

Boo!!!

Me either, plus they pay really well. ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I’m wondering if any Senator will remind Harry, and the rest of America, that the Koch Brothers are American citizens, free to petition the government for a redress of grievances, that participating in the political process by funding campaigns is part of that process, and that is why the IRS scandal is such a big deal…?

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.</

… Or is that not allowed anymore now that the Democrats hold onto seats of power?

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I wonder what the Koch Brothers think of this. Are they laughing at how ridiculous this/he is getting? Does it get under their skins? Or do they just ignore it?

Jomama on March 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Am I the only one for whom the sound of Harry’s voice makes me want to strangle kittens in front of little girls?

CurtZHP on March 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

If there was a conservative, real man in the Senate, he would whack that idiot in the nose.

ultracon on March 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Boy, I hardly hear about these Koch brothers. They must be scaring the bejesus out of demoncrats. Whatever they’re doing, Mongo like.

jake49 on March 13, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Dementia. I’m telling you, it’s been coming on for a while.

RebeccaH on March 13, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I wonder what the Koch Brothers think of this. Are they laughing at how ridiculous this/he is getting? Does it get under their skins? Or do they just ignore it?

Jomama on March 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The Power Line blog regularly follows the Democrat Jihad against the Koch Brothers, who over the past 15 years have donated far, far less to political causes than the Unions have to the Democrats.

In fact the evil Kochs rank 59th out of the top 100 political donors.

But the Democrats can no longer use Halliburton as their Evil God to worship, because their own Sugar Daddy George Soros is now a part-owner of the company.

So they needed a new target.

Del Dolemonte on March 13, 2014 at 6:08 PM

does anyone really take anything he says in the Senate well seriously anymore?

Techster64 on March 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Between countries tipping over, 400 year old constitutions, internet being a series of tubes and countless other examples, how can anyone take these clowns seriously anymore?!?

nextgen_repub on March 13, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I’ve found that when a Democrat, Leftist, Communist or Progressive mentions the Kochs that it involves the Koch corollary to Goodwin’s Law, which is simply …

“I am a fluke of the universe. Don’t waste your breath attempting to change my mind. I have none”.

It would be easier to squeeze an ObamaPhone from a rock than to save the “terrible mind” of anybody invoking the Koch corollary to Goodwin’s Law.

J_Crater on March 13, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Why should my tax dollars go to the Ukraine? It’s nothing but redistribution of wealth.

MoreLiberty on March 13, 2014 at 6:53 PM

He’s insane, and a liar.

Plus, all liberals are, at their core, liars.

Fathom on March 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Idiot Demoncrats are playing their own Senate version of the drinking game.
And the actionable words are “KOCH BROTHERS” —- Drink Up !
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Saul Alinsky demonization at the highest levels- The U.S. Senate !!
This pathetic POS Corruptocrat is retiring and just like the Clinton’s leaving the White House in 2001…will leave a stinky stain on the way out….

FlaMurph on March 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

He should see a new doctor.

Travis1 on March 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

You can tell Reid is going senile. He has a Koch complex.

sadatoni on March 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Between the Kochs and the Tea Party, we control the world. Who knew?

98ZJUSMC on March 13, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Demented old fool. I wonder if he paces around the house in his slippers muttering about those evil Koch brothers. And Romney’s taxes. Poor Harry, he needs to go home and suck on a bottle of Milk of Magnesia.

scalleywag on March 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

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