WaPo: Four Pinocchios for Dems’ Koch habit

posted at 10:01 am on March 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Harry Reid’s unhinged rants on the Senate floor about David and Charles Koch reflect not just one man’s paranoia but an empty strategy of demagoguery by a major political party. A new ad from the party’s Senate Majority PAC attempting to protect Mary Landrieu from the consequences of her support for Barack Obama’s agenda tried to shift attention in Louisiana to “out-of-state billionaires,” by which they did not mean George Soros or Tom Steyer. The ad claims that the Kochs support “tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas,” but as the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler deduces, practically nothing in that argument is true … including the that and the for:

Matsdorf cites the fact that ATR has a taxpayer pledge for candidates to “oppose any and all tax increases” and that ATR once ran a fact check blog post on an Obama speech that said that “companies don’t get tax breaks for moving anything overseas.” (One can argue over semantics, but Obama has a tendency to suggest this is a special loophole. Instead, it’s a standard moving expense deduction that is part of the tax code, whether you are moving jobs to Vienna, Va., or Vienna, Austria.)

But we could find no evidence that ATR ever took a position on this bill, which after all is supposedly the reason why Senate Majority PAC says that saving this “tax cut” is a central part of the Koch agenda. Indeed, Ryan Ellis, ATR’s policy director, told The Fact Checker: “I’ve never heard of that bill, so I can tell you with some confidence that we don’t have a position on it.”

Americans for Tax Reform did get a contribution from the Kochs’ organization, but it amounted to 1% of their contributions for the year — so this isn’t a Koch operation anyway. The Post’s own analysis of the reach of the Koch brothers called it an “outside ally,” not part of their operation, but SMP used it as the basis of their attack ad.

Needless to say, Kessler was unimpressed, giving Senate Majority PAC four pinocchios:

Upon examination, this claim crumbles into dust. The ad not only mischaracterizes an ordinary tax deduction as a special “tax cut” but then it falsely asserts that “protecting” this tax break is part of the Koch agenda. It turns out this claim is based on a tenuous link to an organization that never even took a position on the legislation in question.

Equally unimpressed is National Journal’s Alex Roarty, who wonders what Democrats think they’re accomplishing by stoking their own Koch habit:

A Quinnipiac University poll in January ranked, in order, the three issues voters cared about the most: the economy, the federal budget deficit, and health care. Not included on the list? Charles and David Koch.

And therein lies the dilemma for Democrats, who of late have turned the full fury and might of their political operation against the billionaire brothers from Kansas. …

Voters don’t like the outside interference, but their distaste doesn’t necessarily have the resonance to push voters away from the GOP. And even for all of the influence wielded by Americans for Prosperity and other Koch-affiliated enterprises, they’re still just outside groups in an election in which voters are still just choosing between Republicans and Democrats.

“There’s a trap in campaigns that’s called the Other People’s Money trap,” said Brad Todd, a Republican strategist. “Voters care about their money, not other people’s money. Anytime my candidate is talking about the voters’ money and my opponent is talking about other people’s money, I feel pretty good about our chances.”

It gets trickier for Democrats in individual races. Along with Begich, Sens. Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Mary Landrieu in Louisiana each accepted money from the Koch Industries PAC in recent years. Blasting them now—all three are battleground races this year—risks making the incumbent look like a hypocrite.

That’s especially true when they’re hijacking the Senate on behalf of Thomas Steyer for an issue that is among the lowest priorities for Americans in this election cycle — or missing from the priority list altogether. When asked to rank their top priority, unemployment and jobs topped yesterday’s Gallup poll list, while environmental issues and global warming didn’t even make the list. Income inequality, by the way, polled 2% at the bottom.

They’re flailing, and the reek of desperation is only getting more obvious.

Addendum: Not everyone at the Post has the time to check facts:


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OmahaConservative on March 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Reid has racked up quite a number of rants from the podium of power against private citizens. What a despicable human being. It is clear that he isn’t interested in competent and ethical governance, he is only interested in punishing “the other” and demagoguing.

What is wrong with you people in Nevada?

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Four Pinocchios for Dems’ Koch habit

I see what thou didst, therein. :)

Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

These Pinocchio’s don’t mean anything anymore.

All these people do is lie,lie,lie.

When will I wake up and realize that these last five years have been nothing but a bad dream?

NapaConservative on March 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

that is a snort worthy headline…../

ted c on March 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Greg Sargent is hacky, just as sure as Harry Reid is kid-touchy.

steebo77 on March 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM

When asked to rank their top priority, unemployment and jobs topped yesterday’s Gallup poll list, while environmental issues and global warming didn’t even make the list. Income inequality, by the way, polled 2% at the bottom.

Yeah but the lazy stupid bastard and his filthy party can’t deliver jobs. They can, however, deliver rants against cow flatulence.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM

This should be a Democrat bloodbath this November if this continues. The only hope for the Dems will come from strong third party candidates that would split the conservative vote. Dingy will probably have Soros and Steyer sending money to Libertarian and Tea Party candidates.

Deano1952 on March 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Wow a double shot of Harry Reid at the top of the HA home page. Douchery in 3-D!

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM

risks making the incumbent look like a hypocrite.

….risks?

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I’ve never understood the Dems’ obsession with the Koch Bros. They’re so far down the list of the largest political donors, that even if Reid and Co. were able to stifle their activism, it would accomplish very little. And it gains zero traction in terms of generating enthusasim amongst Democrat voters, 99.9% of whom have likely never heard of them.

Doughboy on March 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

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 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

As a conservative, I still don’t know who the heck the Kochs are or what it is they are supposed to be doing. Nor do I care.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Correct me if I seem to be wearing rose-colored glasses, but this would not have been a 4 pinocchio in the not too distant past. I would have guessed 2 at best.

Seems to me that standards have been just a bit tighter since the Lie of The Year.

Mord on March 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

As a conservative, I still don’t know who the heck the Kochs are or what it is they are supposed to be doing. Nor do I care.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

They sign your checks ingrate!
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Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

They sign your checks ingrate!
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Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Heh. Silly me. I thought that was Ed Koch. Now it all makes sense!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I’ve never understood the Dems’ obsession with the Koch Bros. They’re so far down the list of the largest political donors, that even if Reid and Co. were able to stifle their activism, it would accomplish very little. And it gains zero traction in terms of generating enthusasim amongst Democrat voters, 99.9% of whom have likely never heard of them.

Doughboy on March 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I’ve long thought the Koch Brothers were basically a random name picked off a list of rich Republican donors to set up as a sort of “evil mastermind” behind the Tea Party. Since one didn’t exist, the Democrats had to essentially invent one. It’s also meant to be a counterweight to Republican criticism of rich, corrupt Democrat “donors” like George Soros.

This has had some effect, since Democrat activists often go into unhinged, spittle flecked rants about the Koch Brothers online. It seems to be similar to how the Democrats quietly encouraged 9/11 conspiracy theories (i.e. that Bush blew up the WTC as a “false flag” attack).

Doomberg on March 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

As a conservative, I still don’t know who the heck the Kochs are or what it is they are supposed to be doing. Nor do I care.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

‘xactly. :) I was taught they existed from the left.

Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

DOH. I meant, “Indeed. The very existence of them was to me upon a Progressive plate dis-covered.”

Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

My only criticism of the Koch Bros is that they should spend less on charity (they’re huge benefactors) and more on kicking Dems asses. Seriously, if more billionaires who care about this country, and there are many, would follow their lead, it would go a long way in neutralizing the billions of dollars worth of free advertising the Dems get everyday in the LSM.

TXUS on March 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Again I’m going to pose this question. Has anyone had Reid checked for Tourettes Syndrome? He’s always shouting out KOCH BROTHERS! or BOOOOSH! at random times.

It’s either Tourettes or he’s batsh-t crazy

Or both

neyney on March 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

It’s either Tourettes or he’s batsh-t crazy

Or both

neyney on March 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

By way of reiteration, please allow me to observe that his bat hath shat.

Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Video: Ted Cruz hits back at Harry Reid for attacks on Koch brothers

In a speech about getting aid money to Ukraine, Ted Cruz hit back at Harry Reid on the Senate floor a few moments ago for Reid’s attack on the Koch brothers today, noting the Koch brothers don’t have the privilege to come to the Senate and defend themselves. So Cruz defended them, telling Reid it’s not his place to attack private citizens. He also noted the hypocrisy of Reid, attacking the Koch brothers while not mentioning the billionaire who has pledged to give money to Democrats to get Climate Change laws passed.

Flora Duh on March 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

The Dims are having a contest to see who can get the most pinnochios on there fireplace mantel.

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Harry: Koch. Quit spanking them.

orangemtl on March 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Part of this obsession with the Koch brothers is just another example of the moral one-upsmanship which seems to be a psychological tic of the left. To a great degree, politics for them is just a way to show that they are morally superior to everyone. So if there is someone fashionable to hate, they have to show that they hate him with a greater and purer passion than anyone else. Thus the hatred tends to quickly escalate beyond the bounds of all reason. I have actually seen this close up to the point where it’s almost laughable:

“Bush is a poor president.”
“Poor president? He’s a terrible president.”
“Terrible? He’s the worst president ever.”
“President? He’s the worst human being ever!”
“Bush is worse than Hitler!”

Today it’s the Koch brothers.

SacredFire on March 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I’ve never understood the Dems’ obsession with the Koch Bros. They’re so far down the list of the largest political donors, that even if Reid and Co. were able to stifle their activism, it would accomplish very little. And it gains zero traction in terms of generating enthusasim amongst Democrat voters, 99.9% of whom have likely never heard of them.

Doughboy on March 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

They have to have their Emanuel Goldstein. When the Republicans are in the White House, the Democrats can create a corporate Emanuel Goldstein — Halliburton, Walmart, Diebold, whoever — that’s conspiring with those in power to cheat the American people. It’s tougher to do that when you control both the Oval Office and half of Congress, so you create ‘shadowy figures’ like the Koches (the pro-pot legalization, pro-gay marriage, anti-war libertarian Koches) to try and gin up your two minutes of hate.

jon1979 on March 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, the people hear it on the grand stage and believe it. It’s the same tactic Reid used against Romney when he said he heard from a close source that Romney paid no taxes. The fact finding truth doesn’t get out on main stage like Reid’s podium grandstanding, so most think it’s true and the damage is done.

There’s got to be a way to discredit Reid and put him to shameon the national stage.

plutorocks on March 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Four Pinocchios for Dems’ Koch habit

…Harry Reid needs to plunge himself…on his nose!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

There’s got to be a way to discredit Reid and put him to shameon the national stage.

plutorocks on March 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

…the media would have to be involved….and they WON’T do it!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

It’s a language thing.

Comedians always talk about words that start with K being the funniest. It’s that the K-sound catches one’s attention. So, just mentioning the name, the Koch brothers, will catch low-info voters attention.

But, Reid and others who invoke their name are also getting a twofer. How do you pronounce Koch? Either way, “cock” or “coke” gets an unconscious recognition and an involuntary snicker. How can someone with that name be doing something legal or ethical? It’s the Alinsky ridicule principle operating at an unconscious level.

rlyle on March 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

So, yesterday, the NYSlimes newspaper said that the FL-13 was a devastating loss for the Dems, and it was predicated on Obammycare. Now you’re telling me the Wash-Me-Up Post called the Dems out on a lie.

Almost enough to give a glimmer of hope.

Hope soon dashed by the NYSlimes ending the article cheerleading the Dems to refine their argument of “mend it, don’t end it” so they can do better in November. And hope further dashed by the Post dichotomously cheering the Dems in their off-headline blog.

Hope dashed – the media really don’t care about their credibility, evidently.

DublOh7 on March 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

There’s got to be a way to discredit Reid and put him to shame on the national stage.

plutorocks on March 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

You can’t. A man with no morals cannot be shamed.

CurtZHP on March 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

He’s not called “Dirty Harry” for nothing. Nevada deserves to be the national nuclear waste dump for having inflicted Reid on the rest of the nation.

GarandFan on March 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Pure Evil resides at the top of the Food Chain in the Senate. The Horned One is at present preparing the ‘Reid Room’ for permanent occupancy….

vnvet on March 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I have a dear friend who lives and owns a significant business in St. Thomas. His father and Uncle were Cuban political refugees who were active participants and fairly high up in Castro’s revolution and government afterwards – but then realized the error of their ways and “defected” to the US.

One day we were driving along in the car, and I was asking him about his uncle (his Dad was a touchy subject for him) and I asked him “What made him change his mind about Castro?” He told me that “Dictators and Communists always needed a bad guy, a boogeyman to pin the blame on for their lack of success, for their hardships. Once he realized that, he saw through the naked power grab and brutality of the Castro regime.”

Remember when Harry Reid and BO blame other parties for their failures… its because they’re wannabe Castros.

Defenestratus on March 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Just a reminder that they won in 2012 by lying through their teeth – “war on women”, Benghazi, bogus job stats, Billionaires paying less taxes than their secretaries, ad nauseum.

motionview on March 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Doughboy on March 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Facts or reality have no real meaning to the Senate Majority pederast. All that counts is his willingness and ability to demagogue for the sake of demagoguery and political partisanship.

He’s already established himself as the worst Senate Majority Leader in the last century – if not in the history of the US Senate. As

CurtZHP on March 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

noted, someone completely void of morals and scruples cannot be ashamed of what they do or say. He’s a sociopath.

That the state of Nevada keeps returning this vile and corrupt sociopath to office reflects poorly on the residents of that state.

Athos on March 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I’ve long thought the Koch Brothers were basically a random name picked off a list of rich Republican donors to set up as a sort of “evil mastermind” behind the Tea Party.

Doomberg on March 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

They have to have their Emanuel Goldstein.

jon1979 on March 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

“Dictators and Communists always needed a bad guy, a boogeyman to pin the blame on”

Defenestratus on March 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Yup, this is a big part of it. If you want to whip people up into a frenzy of hate rabid enough to lead to votes and serious $$ contributions, you have to put a face on what they can hate. “Greed” or even “The Rich” are too amorphous for most people.

SacredFire on March 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

From our looney friend on the other thread:

I’m always amused by the umbrage taken over knocking the Kochs.

I’m routinely accused of being on Soros’ payroll.

Bogeyman v. Bogeymen, I guess.

I don’t see anything ‘radical’ about the Kochs. Their agenda isn’t all that hidden. It’s personal and it’s business. They’ve done their own great job at ‘riling up the base’ – turning hundreds of thousands of grass roots minded folks into tools to do their bidding.

They are very rich, they are very smart. They want to protect and grow that wealth and have no time for any concern that such would be at the expense of the possibility of prosperity for other Americans. But rather than present that, they’ve got themselves a whole army of duped hard working Americans impassioned to stop ‘tyrany!’ and ‘get the government off our backs!’ and ‘stop taxing the wealth creators!’ and ‘make it legal for conservative billionaires to hunt endangered birds and enslave children!’.

Ok – maybe not that last one…they need to stay presentable.

Ha.

verbaloon on March 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

The WaPo ‘Fact Checker’ finally and completely lost me just awhile back when he awarded Paul Ryan four Pinocchios.

Because Ryan quoted an anecdote about kids and lunch bags that he heard somebody tell in testimony before him and it turns out the person testifying had heard the anecdote from somebody else.

It’s at most mildly interesting on those rare occasions such as this one when even left wingers like Kessler appear to have reached their limits in regard to the race baiting, class hatred inciting, and downright lying and slander that those in power commit to stay in power.

This whole ‘fact checking’ shtick, at least as practiced by WaPo and certain others, is little more than propaganda, and this is like listening to Stewart or Maher make a token joke about a Democrat.

Drained Brain on March 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

‘Toons of the Day: S.O.T.U.? S.N.A.F.U.

Resist We Much on March 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

lol

Midas on March 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s not that long ago that EVERYONE in the world with a hint of geopolitical interest would snicker at the brazen attempts of the Arab misgovernance in myriad countries blaming everything on the JEWS. All the while US cons would dismiss as just plain kookery the ravings of the Left. It now seems the arabs in those countries must be looking at US pol scene and wondering if they were ever as bad as our Left seems to be now. Ahm, excuse me .. I mean our mainstream American pols.

GKChesterton99 on March 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

As the powerline guys have pointed out, the Koch campaign is directed at a class of people ostensibly intelligent and informed. So do they actually buy the line or is it just to juice up primal hatred? I’d suggest the latter. Frighteningly, having come to the conclusion that Obama has little more sophistication than a high school sophomore, with him it may be the former.

jvermeer on March 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Reid is a more consistant liar than the President. Fortunately for America, his comments do not often matter outside our borders. When the President lies, people all around the world notice…and react.

TKPedersen42 on March 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I read the Sargent’s article. I don’t think Kessler’s fact check is relevant. Sargent isn’t arguing that the Kochs are actual boogeymen Harry Reid would like to make them out to be, in fact he states they are just a proxy.

His point is that the anti-Koch ads are being used to fire up the Democratic base, specifically targeting blue collar workers in states where talking about administration accomplishments would not work for Democrats, but actually work against them.

As much as I dislike and disagree with Sargent, his article is not saying the attacks on the Koch brothers are based on facts … he even hints (though does not state) that it’s all BS as part of a Democratic campaign strategy.

That said, the four Pinocchios for the ads are delicious and yeah … Harry Reid is a DB. As usual, Ed nails it. My only gripe is the Byron York tweet, which I think is misleading.

Grinch on March 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Marxism requires enemies to demonize. The more the better. If their name has the German pronunciation it would be Coke.

crankyoldlady on March 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

By way of reiteration, please allow me to observe that his bat hath shat.

Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

LOLZ! Axe you now owe me a keyboard.

neyney on March 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

SacredFire on March 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Dead on guys, dead on. This is being driven by that political black hole known as “Obamacare”. As the outcomes become clear for the Democrats nationally(IE:FL. Sink. Sunk!) we can expect more of the same.(Senate Intelligence Committee-Bush!) But it’s to late, the “Obamacare black hole” is too big, and it is sucking up any issue the Democrats hope to run on. This is turning out to be the Democratic party’s real life nightmare.

flackcatcher on March 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I’ve always assumed that the Koch Bros. bogeyman was the left’s homage to the right’s exposure of George Soros. The difference being that Soros actually is at the center of a web of leftist organizations, in addition to being an internationally-known and wanted destroyer of worlds.

de rigueur on March 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

It’s the “blame the opposition for doing something we’re actually doing” ploy.

sadatoni on March 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

A strange, corrupt, and petty man.

pat on March 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I’ve always assumed that the Koch Bros. bogeyman was the left’s homage to the right’s exposure of George Soros. The difference being that Soros actually is at the center of a web of leftist organizations, in addition to being an internationally-known and wanted destroyer of worlds.

de rigueur on March 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Not really, it is a very sophisticated and concerted effort to de-legitimize the Tea Party, Americans for Prosperity and its devastating anti-Obamacare ad campaign, and to preemptively try to de-legitimize a coming Republican takeover of the Senate by portraying all of it as a product of Koch brothers money which is going to simply make the Koch brothers wealthier. Bonus that this stuff fires up the loony left base of the Democrat Party and gives juicy talking points and slogans to all their Internet trolls.

They know they are going to lose the Senate, and lose the fight over Obamacare, but this is a desperate rear-guard action to try to de-legitimize that, and allow Obama to continue to ignore Congress because he can dismiss it as a paid-for tool of the Kochs. I will 100% guarantee that next year Obama will not even attempt to get any legislation passed, but will make speech after speech denouncing the Republican Congress as paid-for tools of the Koch brothers and their fellow billionaires.

In other words, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

rockmom on March 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I’ve always assumed that the Koch Bros. bogeyman was the left’s homage to the right’s exposure of George Soros. The difference being that Soros actually is at the center of a web of leftist organizations, in addition to being an internationally-known and wanted destroyer of worlds.

de rigueur on March 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

The Left also needed a new villain after the Right (and even some on the Left!) exposed their hypocrisy re. Halliburton; NPR correctly reported that (Democrat) Lyndon Johnson had climbed into bed with KBR, later a part of Halliburton, years before the evil Dick Cheney was even born, and they also reported on how LBJ enriched himself over the decades as a result. They even mentioned that (Democrat) Bill Clinton had also given Halliburton no-bid contracts.

But the real thing that made Halliburton a non-issue for the Left was when George Soros bought $61 million worth of the firm in 2006. And then in 2008 many Halliburton employees, including a Senior VP, donated to O’bama’s campaign.

The Left needed a new enemy, so they created the Koch Brothers.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

When did the floor of the senate become such a huge platform for the denigration of private citizens? No wonder they can’t conduct the people’s business, get a pipeline or border fence built, reform the tax code, roads and bridges fixed, etc, etc, etc.

Kissmygrits on March 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

As usual, some Class in the WaPo comments:

At 72 and 76 the Koch brothers are like the rest of the neocons….Not long left on this planet…..Satan has a warm spot for them.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The Left needed a new enemy, so they created the Koch Brothers.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The Left has always needed a bête noire to deflect from its own failures. Robespierre, St. Just, Trotsky, the Old Bolsheviks, Emmanuel Goldstein, the malefactors of great wealth, McCarthy, the military-industrial complex, The Man, Nixon, vast right-wing conspiracy, Bush, and Haliburton being unavailable, guess the Koch Brothers had to do.

In other words, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

rockmom on March 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

You may be onto something. Looks like The New Yorker just joined the party:

The Democratic contender, Alex Sink, a former gubernatorial candidate, had experience and strong name recognition; the Republican, David Jolly, was a little-known former lobbyist. Despite the endorsement of Begala’s former boss Bill Clinton and other leading Democrats, Sink came in second—largely because her opponent, with the aid of well-financed Republican groups, portrayed her as a poster child for the Affordable Care Act.

de rigueur on March 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

’ve never understood the Dems’ obsession with the Koch Bros. They’re so far down the list of the largest political donors, that even if Reid and Co. were able to stifle their activism, it would accomplish very little. And it gains zero traction in terms of generating enthusasim amongst Democrat voters, 99.9% of whom have likely never heard of them.

Doughboy on March 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The Kochs are blood in the water for leftist liberals. It helps keep them in place.

HiJack on March 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

de rigueur on March 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Yep. this is gonna be the all=purpose excuse for every Democrats that loses this year. “Waaaaahhh!! We just couldn’t fight all that Koch money!!1!!!1!”

This is also a hail-mary attempt to win back blue-collar white men, who have almost totally abandoned the Democratic Party. While that doesn’t hurt the Dems’ chances of winning the Presidency, it is killing them in many states and Congressional districts where the majority of voters are white and older. The ad here specifically aims at “tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.” That is a poll-tested line that obviously registers with blue collar white men, many of whose jobs have been moved overseas. If these ads can convince white men that Republicans are just the tools of big corporations that have moved their jobs, Democrats think they can still win in red states and in suburban House districts.

rockmom on March 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

As usual, some Class in the WaPo comments:

At 72 and 76 the Koch brothers are like the rest of the neocons….Not long left on this planet…..Satan has a warm spot for them.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Those damn fundamentalist soclibs – can’t they keep their religious beliefs out of it?!?? They’re destroying the party, I tell ya.

Midas on March 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

“Four Pinocchios” What are we, 1st graders. How about call them effing liars.

cptacek on March 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Power Line reminds us how the Koch Brothers story first took wing:

Joel Pollak traces the Koch conspiracy theory to its true source: a degenerate creep named Mark Ames. Ames, formerly an American exile in Russia, is, by his own account, a rapist, a serial sexual harasser, an advocate of heroin addiction, and a publisher of fascist propaganda. If you read Pollak’s investigative piece, you will see that these are not Ames’s worst qualities.

Not surprisingly, just about everything that Ames alleged about the Koch brothers in his seminal post at Playboy.com, beyond the fact of their existence, was false, as Pollak documents.

Playboy, apparently embarrassed, took the post down, but that didn’t deter liberals, who knew a good conspiracy theory when they saw one. First ThinkProgress took up the cudgels, next Ms. Mayer–if not America’s most corrupt reporter, certainly a contender–and finally the New York Times and the Washington Post. If you want to understand the sewer from which these ostensibly respectable news organs pluck their stories, read Pollak’s report.

As for Ames, what has become of him? Is he languishing in prison somewhere? Of course not! He has a regular gig at MSNBC.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Tom Blumer @ NewsBusters

Unfortunately, I have been told that Kessler’s post did not make the paper’s print edition; to no one’s surprise, the Post has a tendency to give Kessler posts which fact-check Republicans greater print edition visibility. Additionally, a least one other Post writer and career race-baiter Al Sharpton have praised the anti-Koch ad and the strategy behind it. The likelihood that either will acknowledge Kessler’s debunking is extremely low.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

When Harry Reid became Senate Majority Leader on 1/3/2007,

Debt Held by the Public 4,906,387,642,060.28 ($4.9 Trillion)
Intragovernmental Holdings 3,770,826,613,252.79 ($3.8 Trillion)
Total Public Debt Outstanding 8,677,214,255,313.07 ($8.7 Trillion

Now, after 86 1/3 months of Harry Reid’s “leadership”,

Debt Held by the Public 12,550,098,989,139.89 ($12.6 Trillion)
Intragovernmental Holdings 4,961,362,716,071.96 ($5.0 Trillion)
Total Public Debt Outstanding 17,511,461,705,211.85 ($17.5 Trillion)

Democrat majorities have increased the Total Debt by 102% in less than 7.25 years.

And Democrat majorities have increased the Debt Held by the Public by 156% in less than 7.25 years.

ITguy on March 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

What was the Fiscal Year deficit (as a % of GDP) that Harry Reid and his peers (including then-Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, etc. and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi) inherited when they took majority control of both houses on 1/3/2007?

1.1% of GDP.

What was the deficit (as a % of GDP) in the first Pelosi-Reid Fiscal Year (FY 2008)?

3.1% of GDP.
(Pelosi & Reid nearly tripled the deficit in their first Fiscal Year.)

What was the deficit (as a % of GDP) in the second Pelosi-Reid Fiscal Year (FY 2009)?

9.8% of GDP.
(Pelosi & Reid more than tripled the deficit in their second Fiscal Year!)

Data Source:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2015/assets/hist01z2.xls

The baseline for deficit comparison should not be 1/20/2009 (when Barack Obama became President), the baseline for deficit comparison should be 1/3/2007 (when the Democrats, including Barack Obama, took majority control of the House, Senate, and overall budgeting and appropriations process.)

1/3/2007-1/20/2009:
Barack H. Obama was part of the MAJORITY.
George W. Bush was part of the MINORITY.

Don’t let Democrats and the MSM get away with blaming the MINORITY for the actions of the MAJORITY 1/3/2007-1/20/2009!

ITguy on March 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM