Manchin to Reid: Lay off the Koch brothers

posted at 10:41 am on April 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This may be one reason why Republicans could woo Joe Manchin to the GOP after the midterms. Would Angus King ever go on Fox to defend Charles and David Koch from Harry Reid’s asinine demagoguery? Doubtful, but the West Virginia Democrat did just that earlier today (video via the Free Beacon):

“People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing— paying their taxes,” Manchin said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

“They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs,” he added. …

“If you’re trying to rally the base, the bases have already been rallied. The right and left bases have been rallied,” Manchin said. “It’s us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward.”

So far, Reid hasn’t taken Manchin’s advice. In fact, the Senate Majority Leader went on the Senate floor to announce that the upper chamber might be able to take its recess later today, and oh by the way did you know Koch money stinks?

Mitch McConnell offered a jab in return:

National Journal’s Ron Fournier warns that Senate Democrats will pay a high price for Reid’s “lies” and demagoguery — and so will the media, if they don’t do a better job of pointing those out. “Shame on us” if that happens, says Fournier:

Shame on us if we in the media let him get away with this. First of all, his PAC has its own wealthy billionaires who are donating to him. Second of all, the ad is false, outright false. Representative Cassidy actually fought against the Koch brothers here — that’s not pointed out in the ad. The ad is a lie. Third, this is the third time in a row that Harry Reid’s PAC has had an ad that’s been labeled patently false by the Washington Post. He is making facts up. He is lying. Eventually it’s going to come around and get you. Even in this media environment we have now, I’ve got to believe that Stephen [F. Hayes of theWeekly Standard] is wrong and the Democrats will pay a high price for lying in these Senate ads. They’re lying.

That might be another good reason for Manchin to rethink his affiliation after the midterms.


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