Did Reid’s Kochsteria page violate Senate ethics policy?

posted at 2:01 pm on April 3, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps the better question is this: would the Senate Majority Leader care about ethics and rules in the first place? After all, the subject in question had no compunction calling Mitt Romney a tax cheat in the 2012 election based on his stated claim of inside information, and has given a crash course on neo-McCarthyism on the Senate dais itself in regard to Charles and David Koch. Anyone who thinks Harry Reid will repent of breaking a few Senate ethics eggs to make his Kochsteria omelet clearly doesn’t know Harry Reid very well:

The Senate maintains strict rules on what kind of content can be posted on Senate.gov sites–rules that the anti-Koch hit piece at least appears to violate:

The use of Senate Internet Services for personal, promotional, commercial, or partisan political/campaign purposes is prohibited.

It is the responsibility of each Senator, Committee Chairman (on behalf of the committee), Officer of the Senate, or office head to oversee the use of the Internet Services by his or her office and to ensure that the use of the services is consistent with the requirements established by this policy and applicable laws and regulations.

Senators are allowed to directly post content to their pages, while other staffers must first obtain permission from the Committee on Rules and Administration.

The Daily Caller reached out to the committee to determine whether anyone in Reid’s office had cleared the anti-Koch post, and whether the post did indeed violate the rules.

The issue here is the definition of “partisan political/campaign purposes.” Obviously, Reid is doing what Allahpundit called “stroking their [the progressive base] political erogenous zones often and early.” Reid needs to build massive progressive credibility now before his re-election campaign in 2016, when he’ll have to revert back to Gun Loving Fiscal Conservative Moderate Harry Reid. However, that description is probably elastic enough to provide Reid cover, at least for a little while.

Besides, when has the Senate Ethics Committee last acted against one of the club, and especially its Chief Grand Poobah? Reid has made a joke out of the upper chamber’s sense of ethics and is busy destroying its reputation as the greatest debating society with his cheap character assassinations and pandering to the paranoid from the dais. If the Ethics Committee had any intention to rein in Reid, they wouldn’t have waited for a silly web page that had to be edited immediately on publication for its false accusations — again about allegations of tax cheating.

Charles Koch responded to Reid’s character assassination in the Wall Street Journal last night:

Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers.

Rather than try to understand my vision for a free society or accurately report the facts about Koch Industries, our critics would have you believe we’re “un-American” and trying to “rig the system,” that we’re against “environmental protection” or eager to “end workplace safety standards.” These falsehoods remind me of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s observation, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” …

Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people’s lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal.

If more businesses (and elected officials) were to embrace a vision of creating real value for people in a principled way, our nation would be far better off—not just today, but for generations to come. I’m dedicated to fighting for that vision. I’m convinced most Americans believe it’s worth fighting for, too.

The contrast between Reid’s shrieking and Koch’s measured response couldn’t be more striking. It should shame voters in Nevada who sent Reid to Washington in the first place, and the Senate Ethics Committee for not doing its job.


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Has Harry Reid responded to the rumors of his pedophilia?

rbj on April 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

You know, if the Koch brothers are soooo powerful as to need denouncing daily by the President and Harry Reid, –then that says two things:

1) Good for the Koch Brothers.
2) How weak are the liberals if two non-elected business owners can terrify them that much? It’s not like the Koch’s are comparable in size to the Feds. Even Apple, the worlds most profitable company, still takes in less than 1 percent of the money that Reid controls.

Vanceone on April 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

So Harry Reid takes time to violate Senate rules when he’s not busy funneling campaign cash to his relatives. Busy guy.

forest on April 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Harry Reid is an ethics violation.

trigon on April 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The contrast between Reid’s shrieking and Koch’s measured response couldn’t be more striking. It should shame voters in Nevada who sent Reid to Washington in the first place, and the Senate Ethics Committee for not doing its job.

The former are choomed.
The latter are doomed.
The land is scroomed.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Has Harry Reid responded to the rumors of his pedophilia?

rbj on April 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Rumor has it that the campaign cash to his granddaughter was hush money.

Ben Hur on April 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Did Reid’s Kochsteria page violate Senate ethics policy?

…sure!…but who is going to do anything about it?

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

On second thought

The former are choomed.
The latter are doomed scroomed.
The land is scroomed doomed.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

It should shame … the Senate Ethics Committee

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA………..

GWB on April 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Obviously, Reid is doing what Allahpundit called “stroking their [the progressive base] political erogenous zones often and early.”

OK, a little to soon after lunch for that mental image.

HumpBot Salvation on April 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I think attacking a private person from the power of the Senate floor violates ethical standards- period, but this is a leftist we are talking about. Whose going to do something about it? The spineless GOP?

melle1228 on April 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I said it once and will say it again…when the left says Koch Brothers…why are we NOT screaming back with SOROS….like that POS has no influence of policy???..

cmarceron on April 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Many in the senate/House s/b in prison, but suck the land dry.

Work harder, fools.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Has Harry Reid responded to the rumors of his pedophilia?

rbj on April 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Rumor has it that the campaign cash to his granddaughter was hush money.

Ben Hur on April 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I think that is horrible– Funny, but horrible.

melle1228 on April 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

The Senate maintains strict rules

I actually laughed out loud at this. It may state that, but they do NOT maintain them or live up to them any more.

dominigan on April 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

The Senate itself is unethical as long as soulless ghouls like Reid are allowed positions of power.

CurtZHP on April 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

The Senate needs to be weeded, and Hairy Weed is the most noxious.

wutzupdak on April 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Harry gets an exemption in the form of a Dem card. If he were a Rep, he’d get 24/7 media scrutiny.

antipc on April 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Too bad that the only Senator willing to take on (and take down) this demented moron is a pariah to his own party.

de rigueur on April 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Obviously, Reid is doing what Allahpundit called “stroking their [the progressive base] political erogenous zones often and early.”

Ewwwwwwwwww! I don’t want Harry Reid stroking anything!

Seriously though, the Koch brothers have become Reid’s great white Whale. He is being exposed for the unethical corrupt thug that we all know he is.

It should shame voters in Nevada who sent Reid to Washington in the first place, and the Senate Ethics Committee for not doing its job.

As if these idiots are capable of shame.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

We need something to replace the DUEL. Harry would have been held accountable for his false statements by our founding fathers.

meci on April 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I said it once and will say it again…when the left says Koch Brothers…why are we NOT screaming back with SOROS….like that POS has no influence of policy???..

cmarceron on April 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Or Steyer, at whose bidding that climate change overnight love-fest in the Senate was conducted.

Hey Reid – when’s the last time the Senate held an all-nighter at the request of the Koch brothers?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Midas on April 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM

If I posted on here what I would like to have happen to Harry Reid I would not only be banned on here but a drone would hover over my house, my taxes would be audited, and the EPA would conduct testing on my family. Lets just say that if the karma train hit ol Harry I would rejoice.

neyney on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Reid needs to lay off the hysterics.

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

Ironic how he rakes umbrage at being cast as the boogeyman…and then throws out a ‘Saul Alinsky!’.
Ha.
I’m betting he really did write that all by himself.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

We need something to replace the DUEL. Harry would have been held accountable for his false statements by our founding fathers.

meci on April 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Where’s Andrew Jackson when we need him?

Midas on April 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

You just can’t help but be an idiot, apparently.

Midas on April 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I CANNOT WAIT for this scumbag to be forced into permanent minority.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Yes. He does have the cloak of the speech & debate protection either. In other words, unlike when he defames people on the floor of the Senate, he can get sued once off the Senate floor.

‘Toon Special: The Trouble With Harry… (Vol I)

‘Toon Special: The Trouble With Harry… (Vol II)

* Vol II has been expanded.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

To answer your question Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cares about ethics and rules only when they can be used as tools against Republicans.

He is, after all, a liberal.

AtTheRubicon on April 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM


verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

You’re an idiot. Having an elected official targeting, attacking, or singling a private citizen regardless of their income or status, is wrong, dangerous, and unethical. Period. It is what it is.

HomeoftheBrave on April 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Hi, my name is Harry Reid, and I’m a Koch addict. Zero days sober.

NotCoach on April 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I don’t think anyone expects you to understand what he is saying.

NotCoach on April 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I CANNOT WAIT for this scumbag to be forced into permanent minority.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Except he’ll be replaced by Chuckie Schumer, or worse.

antipc on April 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

You just can’t help but be an idiot, apparently.

Midas on April 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

…and some dub it…the ‘smartest troll’?…my!…how we have fallen!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Natch, fool celebrates at the NYSlimes.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Since the Speech and Debate Clause protects Members of Congress from criminal or civil prosecution for what they say from the floor, it is time to reinstate dueling as a means of settling issues that Robert’s Rules would consider under a Point of Personal Privilege.

Another Drew on April 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

You’re an idiot. Having an elected official targeting, attacking, or singling a private citizen regardless of their income or status, is wrong, dangerous, and unethical. Period. It is what it is.

HomeoftheBrave on April 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Oh, please.
Reid’s rants and no better/worse than any others.
And HA gets at least 2 posts a day out of him.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Can the Koch brothers use this pos for slander and defamation?

jawkneemusic on April 3, 2014 at 2:45 PM

‘Toon Special: The Trouble With Harry… (Vol I)

‘Toon Special: The Trouble With Harry… (Vol II)

* Vol II has been expanded.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

…you are precious!…how come I never see those by the cartoonists in our local papers…or in any of the local periodicals I look at?
LOL at some of those!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Oh, please.
Reid’s rants and no better/worse than any others.
And HA gets at least 2 posts a day out of him.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

HA doesn’t have the same bully pulpit as this senile old bast*rd. Nor does HA have the power of government behind them you jacka**.

jawkneemusic on April 3, 2014 at 2:47 PM

It would be news if Reid adhered to Senate ethics policy.

Who really thinks that Reid has ever bothered to do so?

INC on April 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Reids very existence in the senate, or even in government at large, is a violation of ethics. He should have served 20 years of his life term by now, but this is America, where criminals are hoisted to the highest political office available.

Diluculo on April 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

The contrast between Reid’s shrieking and Koch’s measured response couldn’t be more striking. It should shame voters in Nevada who sent Reid to Washington in the first place, and the Senate Ethics Committee for not doing its job.

This.

I love what Mr. Koch wrote, and I believe in the same things he does. It’s too bad that a man who cares so much about American gets smeared all the time by a mealy mouthed pugnacious punk, but until our government starts taking control over these maniacal menaces and puts a stop to this sort of behavior, Snidely Whiplash is going to just keep right on doing whatever he wants to on the floor of the Senate. OUR Senate.

scalleywag on April 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

OT I just walked in….anyone know why the Senate is voting on a Motion to Waive Senate Budget Rules???

What is Harry Reid trying to pull now?

CoffeeLover on April 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Oh, please.
Reid’s rants and no better/worse than any others.
And HA gets at least 2 posts a day out of him.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

…and you must need to shit twice a day to take the pressure off your brain…if you think ^ that ^ is true!
(right?…loveofcountry?)

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Hairy Reed – the most despicable, evil sycophantic tool ever to inhabit the poobah seat in the Senate. I hesitate, and cringe at the prospect, but if memory serves (a hit and miss these days) the NRA ENDORSED this POS in his last ‘election’. I am a STRONG defender of the 2nd Amendment, a 5th Gen Texan and Southron Soul who believes to my core that every law-abiding American should be armed and trained in the use of arms, for the protection of self, family, community and country (from external OR internal threats). I am a proud member of the NRA. But, I am NOT a single issue voter and the NRA really flipped my bippy when it endorsed this subhuman. There, I’ve said it. Somehow, I feel better…

vnvet on April 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Anyone else thinking that, one of these days, Dingy Harry will be taken out of the Senate chamber in a straitjacket and put in a rubber room?

Roll that beautiful bean footage…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 3, 2014 at 2:55 PM

It’s disturbing that Harry has Koch in his mouth all day. Every time he’s on TV he’s either got a Koch in his mouth or he’s thinking about Koch. And it down right nasty that he calls press conferences just to make the media watch him put a Koch in his mouth.

It’s out of control.

2lbsTest on April 3, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Reid needs to lay off the hysterics.

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

Ironic how he rakes umbrage at being cast as the boogeyman…and then throws out a ‘Saul Alinsky!’.
Ha.
I’m betting he really did write that all by himself.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for confirming my assessment of you on the other thread. Facts are Facts. And you provide amble evidence.

HumpBot Salvation on April 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Reid still hasn’t responded to allegations that he’s a pedophile, so his silent acquiescence is proof that he is, according to his own admission.

HiJack on April 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

so the Senate has voted to add UI to some bill and waive their own budget rules. WONDERFUL HUH

CoffeeLover on April 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Reid needs to lay off the hysterics.

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

Ironic how he rakes umbrage at being cast as the boogeyman…and then throws out a ‘Saul Alinsky!’.
Ha.
I’m betting he really did write that all by himself.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Change a system he’s benefited from? Oh, so “the system” is why the Koch’s are rich? Not that they do a good job of providing valuable energy to society?

And I’m sure ivory tower liberals and bureaucrats know a lot more about a prosperous economy than someone who’s actually involved in it.

They’ve also donated hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to all sorts of philanthropic endeavors from hospitals to the arts.

But please, get on your moral high horse about how the Koch’s need to behave.

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Reid needs to lay off the hysterics.

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

Ironic how he rakes umbrage at being cast as the boogeyman…and then throws out a ‘Saul Alinsky!’.
Ha.
I’m betting he really did write that all by himself.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

And since you want to lecture people about “the system” would you please remind us how Reid became a millionaire?

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

And HA gets at least 2 posts a day out of him.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Yeah, HA is obsessed with the Koch brothers.

Not Democrat fund raising efforts that found that they get 3 times the response from donors if they summon the dreaded Koch brothers destroying democracy.

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

Ironic how he rakes umbrage at being cast as the boogeyman…and then throws out a ‘Saul Alinsky!’.
Ha.
I’m betting he really did write that all by himself.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

And verbaluce shows convincingly that Obama supporters and defenders of Harry Reid like himself are subhuman animals who will counsel any lie in favor of political power for themselves.

Which makes them wholly incompatible with American ideals and values.

Verbaluce believes in guilty until proven innocent. Verbaluce believes that Harry Reid and the Obama Party should be able to use government to punish the Koch brothers for political dissent and donations.

Once you see posts like Verbaluce’s, you can understand why the IRS scandal happened, why the DOJ refuses to prosecute any IRS leakers, why the entire Obama Party is made up of tax cheats like Charlie Rangel, and why malignant liars like Lisa Jackson blatantly violate Federal records laws.

They know their Obama puppets have no morals, no decency, and will defend anything they do no matter how illegal because it means power for the Obama Party.

Verbaluce has flat-out stated that violating the law to destroy political opposition is acceptable and normal behavior for Obama supporters.

northdallasthirty on April 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Reid needs to lay off the hysterics.

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

Ironic how he rakes umbrage at being cast as the boogeyman…and then throws out a ‘Saul Alinsky!’.
Ha.
I’m betting he really did write that all by himself.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Could you please point to a system the Democrats run that don’t produce poverty, dependency and hopelessness?

Lets take NY city…ok never mind.
How about California? woops, never mind again.
Oh, I know Illinois! Ok, last try…
Detroit?

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

CoffeeLover on April 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Absolutely delightful. I’m thrilled to the tips of my toes. :/

Newtie and the Beauty on April 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Harry Reid buggers little boys … so he doesn’t give a crap about any Senate Ethics.
I heard from a very reliable source that Harry was a founding member of NABLA.
What’s not to believe?

Got any proof to the contrary Harry?

Missilengr on April 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Does it matter if it did or not? Who will censure him?

astonerii on April 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

It doesn’t matter. If the Rs had half a ball collectively, they might think about holding this evil little goblin to account.

Or not…

rick_blaines_forehead on April 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Oh, please.
Reid’s rants and no better/worse than any others.
And HA gets at least 2 posts a day out of him.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Abjectly, utterly delusional.

I was wrong. You’re not an idiot, you’re a f*cking idiot.

Midas on April 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

About par for a donk to leverage politics of personal destruction as an end run against the prohibition on bills of attainders.

AH_C on April 3, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Reid is above the law… which should scare the hell out of Leftists… but they’re fully on board with an elite, riling class, so long as they’re Maoists.

mankai on April 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Yes, what a truly horrible thing to want everybody to enjoy the kind of success that he has, without having to overcome the same needless hurdles in the process.

Reid’s rants and no better/worse than any others.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Challenge accepted. The other senator from Nevada, Dean Heller, is a Republican. Show me his rants on the Senate floor where he attacks private individuals by name. Show me where he accuses people of federal felonies both in person and through his website.

The Schaef on April 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

We should have him censored, arrested, fined, jailed and removed from office……oh wait, he is a democrat, just forget it!

rjoco1 on April 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Reid is above the law… which should scare the hell out of Leftists… but they’re fully on board with an elite, riling class, so long as they’re Maoists.

mankai on April 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Yep.

Verbaluce and its owner Barack Obama used to scream and piss themselves if Republicans acted “above the law” and demand that conservatives denounce them.

Now when Harry Reid and Barack Obama do it, verbaluce won’t.

Shows the utter lack of morals and values in the Obama Party. Shows that every word out of the mouths of Obama and all Obama supporters is a lie.

northdallasthirty on April 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Those who claim to speak for those abused by a feckless and corrupt government, who are reviled and attacked, who are persecuted, and who claim to stand up for an individual’s rights should be appalled and angered by the reprehensible, irresponsible, ethically-challenged, mendacious, and increasingly deranged rants by the petty and petulant pederast masquerading as the Senate Majority Leader.

Athos on April 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Shows the utter lack of morals and values in the Obama Party. Shows that every word out of the mouths of Obama and all Obama supporters is a lie.

northdallasthirty on April 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

They consider themselves the elite and entitled. Normal rules don’t apply to them as they bask themselves in the canard that ‘the ends always justifies the means’.

Athos on April 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, a system that absolutely no Rich Democrat donors have benefited from.

verbaloon on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on April 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Reid’s rants and no better/worse than any others.

verbaloon on April 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

To the contrary, Jethro, his rants are worse, because he’s the Senate Majority leader. In fact, he’s the one and only Senate Majority Leader.

Now can you give us credible and multi-sourced examples of similarly ranking Republicans saying similar things?

Take your time, I’ll be In Conference with one of my Snowdials…

Del Dolemonte on April 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

it is time to reinstate dueling as a means of settling issues that Robert’s Rules would consider under a Point of Personal Privilege.

Another Drew on April 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I’d settle for caning.

But, then, of course, in the absence of a protective Bill of Rights amendment, Congress would outlaw canes. Which might have the beneficial effect of rendering some of the doddering old fools– here’s looking at you, Harry– immobile.

de rigueur on April 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Reid needs to lay off the hysterics.

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

No he doesn’t. The question is why the leader of the Senate is targeting and slandering a private citizen. That citizen does not need to do anything. That citizen is not abusing power as Reid is so obviously doing.

dominigan on April 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Chief Grand Poobah

Should be “Imperial Grand Poobah”

Wil-ma!

BobMbx on April 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Improvement:

“Perhaps the better question is this: would the Senate majority Leader care about ethics and rules in the first place?”

ajb3 on April 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Harry Reid would need to take an elevator a few stories “Up” to be as low as the scum on my toilet. He has led the trashing of all remaining vestages of ethics and civility in political discourse in Washington. To say I have Zero respect for him and his type just doesn’t cover it.

EdmundBurke247 on April 3, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Senate Ethics Committee

It is a shame those words seem so out of place next to each other.

IndieDogg on April 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Reid is clearly Koch blocking.

Pless1foEngrish on April 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Reid needs to lay off the hysterics.

Charles Koch needs try just a teensy bit harder to show that he’s truly interested in changing a system that he has benefited enormously from, and yet, in his words…
“hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

Ironic how he rakes umbrage at being cast as the boogeyman…and then throws out a ‘Saul Alinsky!’.
Ha.
I’m betting he really did write that all by himself.

verbaluce on April 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

They are spending hundreds of millions to try to make the world better. What else are they supposed to do?

talkingpoints on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I would assume, since no Democrat has called him to task, that he speaks for the caucus. I hope the Koch Brothers hold the Democrats in the Senate accountable for what their leader is saying.

bflat879 on April 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Reid is a moving ethics violation.

“Ethics”, he says, “What’s dat?”

Reid and ethics and the twain shall never meet.

Sherman1864 on April 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

You stick it to them, Harry! If those damn Koch brothers have their way, poor black kids might be able to go to the same schools as the children of rich, white politicians.

Bruce MacMahon on April 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Harry Reid himself is violation of the senate’s ethics policy, which admittedly are pretty lose. Reid belongs in Leavenworth, and if it weren’t for the corrupt obama regime the investigation into his criminal activities would be well underway.

lel2007 on April 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

He just got busted for STEALING money and giving it to his daughter….and was hit with the HARSH penalty of HAVING TO PAY IT BACK…yeah, that was it. YOU would have gone to JAIL! This kind of stuff have Pelosi, Reid, and many politicians on both sides of the aisel thinking they can get away with ANYTHING…and they DO!

easyt65 on April 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM

If the disgraced Joe McCarthy came back to life and to the Senate, and said things about individual private citizens that Harry Reid says on his http://www.reid.senate.gov website, everyone on the Left would rise up against this slander.

Too bad they are such hypocrites.

J Baustian on April 5, 2014 at 9:16 PM