Harry Reid: These Republicans might as well wear Koch Industries logos on their clothes

posted at 8:01 pm on April 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Politico, time for another round of “crazy like a fox, or just crazy?” This soundbite, you’ll be pleased to know, comes replete with a nifty new graphic from Reid’s staff that’ll soon be appearing in a fundraising e-mail near you:

I’m out of theories to explain his Koch crusade — right now, “voices in his head” seems as good a guess as any — so I asked people on Twitter to clue me in. Among the usual explanations (donations, changing the subject from Democratic failures) came this interesting one from Benjy Sarlin of MSNBC. Maybe Reid’s trying to bait righties intp saying something damaging in response that can be further exploited by Democrats. They did okay with Todd Akin two years ago. Why not go fishing for Akin Part II?

Here’s what he means by “CEO Nazi talk.” If you had a bunch of Republican congressmen regularly riding to the Kochs’ defense plus an outre comment or two from the brothers themselves, a Democratic ad team could make fundraising hay with it, but how bad would the comment have to be to make it some sort of game-changer worthy of the effort Reid’s putting in on this? Realistically, how bad could it be? Ted Cruz isn’t going to stand on the Senate floor and call for concentrating all wealth in the hands of an enlightened few libertarian-leaning conservatives. The best lefties are going to do here by way of demagogue-able material is having big-name Republicans occasionally compliment the Kochs for being “defenders of liberty” and maybe an op-ed now and then from Kochworld itself. (If Charles Koch’s piece for the Journal last week wasn’t enough to jumpstart a media feeding frenzy, what will be?) Frankly, the longer this goes on, the more I suspect we’re overthinking what Reid’s up to. This is his standard M.O. during campaigns: He picks a target, winds up, and then punches it repeatedly below the belt. Demagoguery is a force of habit at this point; essentially he’s America’s most prominent troll, right down to shutting Republicans in the Senate out of the amendment process. I have every confidence he’ll go on holding his Senate seat and leadership position until the day he decides he doesn’t want them anymore, because this really is the best America seems able to do these days. In a weird way, the Kochs shouldn’t take it personally.

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They are koch-hungry

faraway on April 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Thing is: demagoguery works. I would have thought that people learned this leasson after 2012, but Republicans still dont bother to define the Democrats public image negatively. Its pathetic how toothless the party is.

Valkyriepundit on April 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

How about a Photoshop contest?

Your least favorite Democrats with Sponsorship logos.

jhnone on April 7, 2014 at 8:09 PM

And Harry Reid ought to wear NAMBLA sponsorship logos on his suits.

Allegedly…

JohnGalt23 on April 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

For Harry

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

The end is coming for Harry Reid.

22044 on April 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I will be glad to wear one…

Where do I buy it…….

Electrongod on April 7, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Harry Reid: These Republicans might as well wear Koch Industries logos on their clothes

lol! If they did, they could declare their wardrobe and get a tax deduction.

Harry would just be out of luck. There is no corporate logo for prostitutes.

thatsafactjack on April 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM


For starters, Harry Reid should wear a jail orange jumpsuit and be in the loony bin…

huntingmoose on April 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Many Republican senators might as well wear Koch insignias to denote their sponsorship.

Hey Harry, why not make them sew yellow stars on their clothes you arschloch……..

RealMc on April 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

There is no corporate logo for prostitutes.

thatsafactjack on April 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I think Sandra Fluck has one…..

Electrongod on April 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Reid should wear inmate #29476753 on an orange jumpsuit for his funneling campaign funds to his granddaughter.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Maybe the little pipsqueak is trying to take the attention off giving campaign funds to his granddaughter? Nah, the media never paid attention to that anyway. I think he’s just on a personal vendetta and he’s going to keep right on blathering like the village idiot until one day when he takes it too far. I’ll bet the Koch brother lawyers are waiting in earnest.

scalleywag on April 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

I think Harry Reid has a Koch addiction.

rbj on April 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

i assume he gets equally as angry when rich liberals donate to liberal politicians.

Sachiko on April 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Electrongod on April 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

lol! “FlukeCorps”.

thatsafactjack on April 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I have every confidence he’ll go on holding his Senate seat and leadership position until the day he decides he doesn’t want them anymore dies

he’s never going to willingly give up his power. he will hang on for the rest of his life.

Sachiko on April 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

There was a poll recently that people did not know who the Koch brothers were, or even care.

That said, the GOP is still too scared to ever go on offense…

gopsteve on April 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

He says while George Soros has his hand up his boney as*

SouthernGent on April 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

HAHAHAHAHA You KNOW when Billary’s are running..

Brooks Brothers! Shame shame shame shame shame.

/Testing the waters and failing

Key West Reader on April 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

These Republicans might as well wear Koch Industries logos on their clothes

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Stoic Patriot on April 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Along with a litany of unsupportable accusations and smears, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – WTF Is In Nevada’s Water?) accused the Koch Brothers of aiding and abetting Putin’s invasion and subsequent conquer of Crimea, along with preventing the US from delivering a $1 billion loan guarantee. Insane McVain, another old, demented fool, made a speech on the floor condemning his ‘disgraceful’ party for not coming to the aid of the Ukrainians.

Problem was: The House had already passed a ‘clean’ bill. The Senate’s version included IMF ‘reforms’ that the White House had been trying to get passed since 2010. If you are asking why they haven’t been able to get the reforms passed in the previous 3 years, it might just be because they would see the role of the United States in the IMF diminished while increasing our financial contributions.

It was Harry Reid, who was holding up passage, and the revolting Sen Way-Past-Sell-By-Date from Arizona was played like a Stradivarius and, once again, berated the wrong people.

The Koch Brothers, the Tea Party, the ‘Hobbits,’ Ted Cruz/Rand Paul/Mike Lee, Americans for Prosperity, Republicans, Libertarians, Conservatives, nor the Crimean-American baker down on the high street were preventing the passage of the aid package. Harry Reid and Barack Obama were. They figured that, since no one would want to deny help to the Ukrainians, they would go ahead and add an Amendment that would, yet again, be harmful to America and bring her down a few notches.

While Reid may be able to hide behind the Speech & Debate Clause when he is on the Senate floor, he doesn’t have that protection elsewhere, including what he writes on his website or in mailings. The Koch Brothers have the many billions of dollars to make Dingy Harry’s life a living hell, if they so choose. I don’t even think Reid would find much solace in New York Times v Sullivan because I think that his actual malice towards the Koch Brothers is clear, present, and convincing.

As for Insane McVain, once again he finds himself on the wrong side of history while spewing the most vicious of venom at those in the right.

I am not one that celebrates deaths of people and found the display following Baroness Thatcher’s passing hateful, disgraceful and undignified. Hell, even Shirley Temple got it good by many on the Left, who called her a racist for making black men dance with her in her movies…as though a 6 year-old was in charge of productions at 20th Century Fox.

When both Dingy and Insane keel over for the last time, I can only hope that I will be able to contain my glee and, at least, not appear like the savages on the Left. I must admit, however, that it will likely take enormous willpower since I consider both these men to be traitors to the Republic and the Constitution.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Democrats might as well wear little Karl Marx logos on their clothes. And Che T-shirts under their suits.

farsighted on April 7, 2014 at 8:25 PM

The left has been slow and methodical in creating a “do not touch” list of progressive persons and political memes, mainly on the social issues side of things. And all the while targeting a small section of the conservative right that takes the most heat, like the rich. Example; The Koch Brothers.

This puts conservatives in the position of not being able to highlight socially conservative issues, because that is hateful, or bigoted or racist.

And when conservatives brings up fiscal issues, the progressives have already show the public the face of all those “big, bad, old, rich white men.”

They have done a rather good job of setting up the pieces on the chess board, all in their favor.

What was our side doing when all this was happening? Playing nice is what the GOP has been doing. In fear of being called a name, in fear of losing some of their political capital with their lobbies and in fear of taking a stand.

We’ve been outplayed big time.

Walter L. Newton on April 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Reid will be dead and petrified behind the Senate lectern before anyone notices his mouth isn’t moving.

vnvet on April 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Harry Reid:

…may as well a straight jacket 24/7!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Dear Harry

STFU

307wolverine on April 7, 2014 at 8:32 PM

This wore is lost.

Lanceman on April 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

There is no corporate logo for prostitutes.

thatsafactjack on April 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I think Sandra Fluck has one…..

Electrongod on April 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

…good one Eg…almost choked on my popcorn!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

The guy just cannot help himself. The day won’t come too soon when he’s booted out of the Senate majority.

HiJack on April 7, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Way too convoluted and complicated a scheme for me. Besides, they pay really well.

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Senility. Just like Nancy Pelosi.

GarandFan on April 7, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Sanity left his station a long time ago.

I like the Schumer letter though; if the Kochs want to get back at Dems for this, they really should donate minor sums to a whole bunch of them through one of their subsidiaries. Then reveal it by way of TP first (who won’t print it) then Politico (who will) sometime around late October.

BKeyser on April 7, 2014 at 8:43 PM

It’s amazing that the Senate, the supposedly great deliberative body, is led by a sniveling worm. Surely, there should be some ethics established on record that disallow such libel, such personally destructive and baseless charges by cowards like Reid. He hides in the Senate well and acts as if he is untouchable.

onlineanalyst on April 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Maybes like a Yellow Star,….er,…I mean,

a Yellow K,…on there sleeves!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Last time someone made a group of people wear a logo on their clothes, didn’t end well.

BigGator5 on April 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

These Republicans might as well wear Koch Industries logos on their clothes

and Reid should be on the sex offenders registry….

burrata on April 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Best thing the GOP could do would be to subtly ridiculing him by suggesting he’s getting senile.

“Shame that Harry’s in such shape that he’s saying nonsense like this. His mind used to be so sharp.”

“Poor Harry; his condition must be such a burden on his staff.”

Lefties cannot stand being ridiculed. They take themselves so seriously and others must, too.

Wethal on April 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

@JimmyPrinceton
Follow

Awwwwwkward, @SenSchumer. cc: @SenatorReid
5:20 PM – 7 Apr 2014
======================

Love to be a fly on the wall,..when
Reid and Schumer get together on a
Koch related topic!!

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I think he’s just on a personal vendetta and he’s going to keep right on blathering like the village idiot until one day when he takes it too far. I’ll bet the Koch brother lawyers are waiting in earnest.

scalleywag on April 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

If he says it while the Senate is in session he is Teflon and can’t be prosecuted.

Johnnyreb on April 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Yet Republicans remain strangely silent about George Soros, who as a youth teamed with the Nazis to rat on his fellow Jews.

bw222 on April 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Best thing the GOP could do would be to subtly ridiculing him by suggesting he’s getting senile.

Wethal on April 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

The GOP establishment doesn’t have a problem with Reid. It’s conservative Republicans they view as their primary enemies.

bw222 on April 7, 2014 at 8:58 PM

There is no corporate logo for prostitutes.

thatsafactjack on April 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM
.

I think Sandra Fluck has one…..

Electrongod on April 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

.
…good one Eg…almost choked on my popcorn!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

.
I agree with you in “principle”, but because I’m an Aspergian with OCD over the issue of ‘accuracy’, I must point out that prostitutes are “professionals”. I’m sure some are better than others, but they all still make money.

The girls Sandra Fluke represented in that “non-press conference” are exactly what Rush called Sandra, the first time; . . . . . S L U T S.

listens2glenn on April 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

If you look real hard, I’ll bet you find that Koch Industries was behind the Pedophile Catcher system on Dallas school buses. That’s what has got Reid all worked up.

Grammar Nazi on April 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Yet Republicans remain strangely silent about George Soros, who as a youth teamed with the Nazis to rat on his fellow Jews.

bw222 on April 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Republicans much rather use their resources to fight the TEA Party patriotic citizens !

burrata on April 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Maybe we should get a bunch of T-shirts made-up with Koch Industries logos on them. We could even send one to Harry.

listens2glenn on April 7, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Maybe we should get a bunch of T-shirts made-up with Koch Industries logos on them. We could even send one to Harry.

listens2glenn on April 7, 2014 at 9:09 PM

listens2glenn: Brilliant,..with Cheney on the back,
telling Harry to Go Boink Himself!!:)

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM

The bumper sticker is:

“RESPECT RELIGION – Always Say “Evil Koch Brothers”

PersonFromPorlock on April 7, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Many Republican senators might as well wear Koch insignias to denote their sponsorship.

Fine, Harry. As long as you and your fellow democrats wear hammer and sickle lapel pins to denote yours.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM

OT – Program note for Allapundit

Last chance to catch that little show on SyFy that nobody watches (10 PM Eastern)

An army of millions of Zombies about to emerge through a gateway from Hel. Who can stop them?

Probably the most emotional, poignant ending to any series all season.

Now back to Harry Reid dementia…..

MichaelGabriel on April 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

a little light reading.

And a Chaser from Power Line about that same letter!

Chuck Schumer: I Was For the Koch Brothers Before I Was Against Them

Del Dolemonte on April 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Now about that Obamacare fiasco Senator Reid….oh look a Koch Brother! As simple as that. Dems desperate to change the subject from the Ocare debacle. If we will stop responding to him and he keeps yelling Koch then he will come off looking like a looney old man. Understand that this is a coordinated attack coming from the entire Dem party. How else did that Koch jacket logo get done so fast? These are pathetic efforts from the Dems. Ignore them

neyney on April 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Maybe we should get a bunch of T-shirts made-up with Koch Industries logos on them. We could even send one to Harry.

listens2glenn on April 7, 2014 at 9:09 PM

.
listens2glenn: Brilliant,..with Cheney on the back,
telling Harry to Go Boink Himself!!:)

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM

.
That would work . . . : )

listens2glenn on April 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Thing is: demagoguery works. I would have thought that people learned this leasson after 2012, but Republicans still dont bother to define the Democrats public image negatively. Its pathetic how toothless the party is.

Valkyriepundit on April 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Party of the reason that demagoguery works is that when those who are empowered to fight back against it knuckle under to it, or (worse) support it, they demoralize and demobilize their own side.

David Blue on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Do we take it then that collegiality among Senators is hereby abolished under Reid? No more “my esteemed colleague”? Perhaps it’s time, he thinks, for a whispering campaign about Harry Reid and Alzheimer’s.

ss396 on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Like any other strung-out junkie, Harry Reid comes up with elaborate ways to defend his Koch habit….

itsspideyman on April 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

David Blue on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM
ss396 on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM
itsspideyman on April 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM

I like the way y’all think.

MichaelGabriel on April 8, 2014 at 1:13 AM

…and Reid should wear a strait jacket…

zoyclem on April 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

You and all your DimocRat friends should have SOROS tattooed across your old, wrinkly, A$$E$ then!

Meople on April 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Ia he more like Ahab or Queeg? Either way he sounds like a massive paranoid obsessive. What an embarrassment!

flataffect on April 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM