Video: Confused senior citizen can’t decide if he hates right-wing billionaires or not

posted at 11:21 am on May 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

An instant classic via the Corner. After a weeks-long Koch binge by Reid on the Senate floor, Chuck Todd hits him with an obvious but enjoyable gotcha. Namely, if it’s bad for the Kochs to spend millions promoting a right-wing agenda, isn’t it bad for Nevada casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to do the same thing? We’re talking about a guy who, per some reports, spent upwards of $150 million in 2012 alone, most of it aimed directly at defeating Obama. So immense is his influence over the GOP nomination process that top-flight candidates like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker happily participated in a “suck-up fest” last month to try to win his favor in 2016. Surely Reid has some unkind words for him too.

Or does he? There are two big differences between Adelson and the Kochs, he says. One: Adelson’s a social liberal, a pro-choice Republican. A man like that deserves some leeway. Which would be fine, except that … the Kochs are socially liberal too. David Koch supports gay marriage, marijuana legalization, and tax hikes in the name of balancing the budget. The Kochs’ libertarianism, oddly, doesn’t buy them the same line of political credit with Reid as Adelson’s beliefs do. Two: Unlike the dirty, dirty Kochs, says Reid, Adelson’s not in politics to pad his bank account. He’s a true believer in his causes, which is respectable. That may be the first time I’ve heard a Democrat distinguish hundreds of millions in conservative “dark money” as good or bad depending on the purity of the donor’s motives, but in any case, this too is wrong. Adelson’s perfectly happy to shower cash on members of Congress in the name of protecting his business. He and his family have donated tens of thousands to Lindsey Graham, for instance; coincidentally, Graham introduced a bill just last month that would ban online gambling, thus killing potential competition for Adelson’s casinos. Reid supports online gambling but only with respect to poker, and had nothing but nice things to say about Adelson’s lobbying when asked about it recently. Go figure.

So now you’re wondering: If Grahamnesty is bought and sold, has Reid also been bought and sold by Adelson? Not exactly, but Reid’s focused on the future, not the past. According to the FEC database, Adelson did donate $5,000 to Reid’s “Searchlight Leadership Fund” back in the late 90s but, unless I missed it, hasn’t contributed to him since. On the contrary, he kicked in $2,400 to Sharron Angle for her 2010 Senate challenge to Reid. What Reid’s really worried about here is getting so far on Adelson’s bad side that the billionaire might decide to spend millions on Super PACs aimed at beating him in 2016 — and given the chance that he’ll be facing a tough opponent in Brian Sandoval, that raises the risk that he’ll be defeated to unacceptable heights. So yeah, insofar as Reid will defend Sheldon Adelson even though doing so exposes him for the sleazy hypocrite that he is, he is bought and sold — and Adelson didn’t need to spend a dime on him for the purchase. Neat trick.


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dingy Harrah is a danger to America…

OmahaConservative on May 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

The ageism is getting very, very…old.

ConservativeLA on May 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Raging Reid Rants on!!!

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

The difference is Adelson is a Las Vegas CASINO millionaire – and it’s not good for your long-term health to PO doze guyz when Vegas is your home turf – IYKWIM….

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

This is your brain on embalming fluid.

Where is OWS when you need it to knock down Reid’s door and demand answers for his support of an uber-rich 1%’er.

Passed out somewhere in Colorado, that’s where.

Bishop on May 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Koch Brothers are Rent Free.

upinak on May 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Which lie are we talking about?

Sven on May 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

AP™, brilliant title, again…keep at this – maybe this will define the goon in history.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Wait a tic, Sheldon is in the so-called 1%!

I wonder what the LeftyOccuppierGoons think!!

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

OT – V-Day!!! We defeated the nazzis, only to build up the current Adolfean/Goebellian goons.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Idiot

cmsinaz on May 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

@ ConLA

sry, i literally lol every tiem it’s in a headline — its.apt.

ABreitbart on May 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

‘time’

/sheesh

ABreitbart on May 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

@ can

he’s in the good 1% — duh …
:-)

ABreitbart on May 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Some billionairs are more equal than others.

WisRich on May 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

“I know Sheldon Adelson,” Harry Reid said in an interview with MSNBC. “He’s not in this for money.”

Please, someone give Harry a cup of apple sauce and his crossword, before he hurts himself.

Robert_Paulson on May 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The difference is Adelson is a Las Vegas C@SINO millionaire – and it’s not good for your long-term health to PO doze guyz when Vegas is your home turf….

(3rd try – 1st 2 disappeared)

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I guess the word c@sino (properly spelled) is verboten.
Hard to talk about someone like Adelson without using that word…

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Corrupt senile public offical rates right-wing billionaires. Surprise! The guy that lives in Nevada is still a grimy Republican but a pretty swell guy compared to those evil brothers that live in Kansas.

Too bad Reid won’t differentiate between the left-wingers.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Also Harry knows that RINOs are killing the GOP’s chances of ever winning the white house. Any kind of big money being thrown at RINOs is good to the Dems because it results in GOPe candidates for POTUS. Thus we get McCain and Romney. And thus a little known Dem Pol hack with no record to run on and a head full of dangerous ideas gets elected not once but twice.

neyney on May 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Please, someone give Harry a cup of apple sauce and his crossword, before he hurts himself.

Robert_Paulson on May 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Crossword? Don’t you mean Junior Jumble?

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

For All Congress Critters:

1) Term Limits

2) Mandatory Retirement After Age 70

The moldy old fogeys are beyond “beyond the expiration date.”

MisterElephant on May 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

They should have asked Reid about Steyer – the lefty billionaire who got his first fortune investing in oil and looks to make his second in the “green energy” sector. You know, the guy who rented out the Senate a month or so ago and promised big donations to Democrats supporting fighting climate change his new business interests.

gwelf on May 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Whom the gods destroy they first make mad.

de rigueur on May 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

So yeah, insofar as Reid will defend Sheldon Adelson even though doing so exposes him for the sleazy hypocrite that he is, he is bought and sold — and Adelson didn’t need to spend a dime on him for the purchase. Neat trick.

Hairy Slut.

the_nile on May 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

While Senator Harry Reid professes that he is running the Bundy cattle off of public land because it’s the right thing to do, evidence indicates that Dirty Harry might have a personal interest in seeing that the Bundy’s join the other 52 ranchers they’ve run out of business.

Parcels held by an entity, Reid Bunkerville, LLC, which is partially owned by the Nevada Senator are in close proximity to the Bundy ranch.

The parcels appear to be in the path of future development, which may even involve a freeway interchange and loop, all west of Bunkerville in the same general area as those “trespass cattle.”

The parcel numbers below link to the Clark County Assessor’s Office, with all of the pertinent information and property descriptions shown.

They total 93.33 acres in size.

Harry Reid should be in PRISON… But I guess he is above the law.

oscarwilde on May 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

They should have asked Reid about Steyer – the lefty billionaire who got his first fortune investing in oil and looks to make his second in the “green energy” sector.

gwelf on May 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Why would a propaganda arm do that…

the_nile on May 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I’m sure Harry doesn’t think Soros and Buffett are bad either.

fight like a girl on May 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The Kochs’ libertarianism, oddly, doesn’t buy them the same line of political credit with Reid as Adelson’s beliefs do. Two: Unlike the dirty, dirty Kochs, says Reid, Adelson’s not in politics to pad his bank account. He’s a true believer in his causes, which is respectable. That may be the first time I’ve heard a Democrat distinguish hundreds of millions in conservative “dark money” as good or bad depending on the purity of the donor’s motives, but in any case, this too is wrong.

Adelson makes money from suckers trying to win silly games, when anyone who does the math knows that the odds are rigged in favor of the casinos.

How is this any “cleaner” than the Kochs, who want to make money on oil and gas? If you burn oil and gas, it can keep you warm at night, or enable you to drive from point A to point B faster than you can get there on a bicycle. Which is a lot better than what you get for a lost bet at a casino.

Steve Z on May 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I picked a great time to start studying Isaiah.

Murphy9 on May 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

That is Pelosi worthy of daft statements. It really goes to how degenerate America has become that he is comfortable saying stuff like that.

Southernblogger on May 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

This is your brain on embalming fluid.

Where is OWS when you need it to knock down Reid’s door and demand answers for his support of an uber-rich 1%’er.

Passed out somewhere in Colorado, that’s where.

Bishop on May 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Bishop: Exactly:)

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

@ can

he’s in the good 1% — duh …
:-)

ABreitbart on May 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

ABreitbart:No kidding,..bizarre rules for da Left!:)

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

This is your brain on embalming fluid.

Where is OWS when you need it to knock down Reid’s door and demand answers for his support of an uber-rich 1%’er.

Passed out somewhere in Colorado, that’s where.

I live in Colorado. I spend a lot of time passed out with all sorts of people. I’ve never seen a OWS among the pass-outees.

You’re just making stuff up.

Walter L. Newton on May 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Whom the gods destroy they first make mad.

de rigueur on May 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

But nobody is madder than Obama.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Idiot

cmsinaz on May 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

cmsinaz: That sums it up,..Lol:)

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

That post title LMAO!

gophergirl on May 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Crossword? Don’t you mean Junior Jumble?

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Lol! Yes!

Robert_Paulson on May 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

I live in Colorado. I spend a lot of time passed out with all sorts of people. I’ve never seen a OWS among the pass-outees.

You’re just making stuff up.

Walter L. Newton on May 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Well, if you’re “passed out,” how can you be sure who you’re passed out with? I’m just sayin’.

TarheelBen on May 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

You know, Pelosi is a confused senior citizen too, stop playing favorites!

Tard on May 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I know a cousin of Adelson. Said he had an idea, and some family invest $10k. That company fizzled. Came back a second time, another $10k and that co went kapupt. By the third time, the family members had had enough and Shel hit up his friends instead. That third idea was comdex and things took off from there.

Rich on May 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Found out I was not logged in.

So I logged out.

Then logged in.

Enough distractions.

Senility is strong in this one.

TerryW on May 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Money talks especially for wh0res like Dirty Harry.

What a scumbag – but I digress.

Say, how ’bout that Pelosi person? Or Debbie Downer?

Sorry – need more coffee.

Chuck Ef on May 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

The difference is Adelson is a Las Vegas CASINO millionaire – and it’s not good for your long-term health to PO doze guyz when Vegas is your home turf – IYKWIM….

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Plus Adelson probably has a big enough economic presence in Nevada that Reid is afraid to tick him off.

talkingpoints on May 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

The difference is Adelson is a Las Vegas CA$INO millionaire – and it’s not good for your long-term health to PO doze guyz when Vegas is your home turf – IYKWIM….

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Dingy Harry has always been tight with the ca$ino goombahs, he was the Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman in the late seventies. Dingy Harry was played by Tommy Smothers in the DeNiro/Stone/Pesci movie ‘Ca$ino’.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

…he’s wearing DEPENDS… isn’t he?

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

“Dear Advertisers, I am disgusted with the way old people are depicted on television. We are not all vibrant, fun loving sex maniacs. Many of us are bitter, resentful individuals who remember the good old days when entertainment was bland and inoffensive. The following is a list of words I never want to hear on television again. Number one: bra. Number two: horny. Number three: family jewels.”

Washington Fancy on May 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I wonder if Donald Sterling was vocally pro-abortion they would give him a pass.

agmartin on May 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Harry Reid is a TRU-CON!…signed joana
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Harry Reid has limited intellect…and therefore can not be a subject of MM’s shell of a debate blog…signed frank

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

So, I guess the litmus test of billionaires is if you believe in liberal causes or don’t live in NV, you’re A-OK.

Tater Salad on May 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Republican donors are evil. Democrat donors are just making their money to benefit mankind.

crankyoldlady on May 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Speaking of Campaign Lootery:

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canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Tell the coot to invest heavily in Solyndra.

Oh, wait…..

viking01 on May 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

“Isn’t anybody going to help that poor man?” – Concerned Rock Ridge Resident Harriet Johnson

Left Coast Right Mind on May 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Just thought I’d repost this from the earlier headline thread.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM

After a weeks-long Koch binge by Reid on the Senate floor

funny,

phatfawzi on May 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Another hypocrite Progressive.
And a senile one to boot.
What a surprise.

Dingy indeed.

Pelosi Schmelosi on May 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Dingy Harry

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Sorry, linky

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Harry Reid gives SLEAZY people a bad name.

GarandFan on May 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Calling Reid ‘pond slime’ is being disrespectful to slime.

Another Drew on May 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM