Reid: Billionaires? We don’t have no stinking billionaires, or something

posted at 12:41 pm on June 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Aaaaaaaaa-hem. Today’s two-minute hate on Emmanuel Goldstein, er, the Koch brothers from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offers up this fact-check bait on the poverty of the Democratic Party. We need to amend the First Amendment, Reid argues, to address the Billionaire-Balance of Power. Call this Cowboy B-BOP instead of cowboy poetry, if you will:

Well, every cowboy sings a sad, sad song, but not usually one as laughably false as this. (Okay, El Paso might qualify.) Let’s not forget that Reid essentially rented out the Senate for an evening to billionaire activist Tom Steyer to promote action on global warming that Democrats weren’t taking anyway. They’ve lined up deep pockets in Hollywood for decades, plus tons of money from the unions, which occupy the top slots for outside-money in election cycle after election cycle. Crying poverty now on the Senate floor is Reid’s version of Hillary Clinton’s claim to have been “dead broke” in 2001.

Coincidentally, Matt Bai wrote a pre-emptive takedown of this very argument earlier today:

So you’re a liberal member of the 1 percent, and you’ve decided to wrest control of the Democratic agenda from change-averse insiders. You want to free the capital from the grip of powerful interest groups. You want to inspire a new set of policies to help America meet the challenges of a fast-transforming economy. Where do you turn for leadership and innovation?

To the teachers union, of course!

At least that’s how it seems to have played out at the Democracy Alliance, the group of superrich Democrats who have funneled more than half a billion dollars into liberal groups over the past decade. Earlier this month, the alliance announced that John Stocks, executive director of the National Education Association, would become the chairman of its board. …

The Silicon Valley and Wall Street contributors who were most focused on modernization started to drift away, exhausted by the endless conference calls and the knee-jerk resistance to any rethinking of the liberal agenda. The remaining “partners,” as the alliance calls them, were overwhelmingly aging boomers who clung to 1960s orthodoxies.

Eventually, the alliance became, essentially, a convener and funder of the party establishment. It welcomed several big unions to the table and took up side collections for candidates. And now it’s formalized that role by electing Stocks as its chairman, replacing Rob McKay, heir to the Taco Bell fortune.

Be sure to read it all, as Bai criticizes both the hypocrisy of currying favor with One Percenters in the midst of Kochsteria, but also the betrayal of innovation by the decision to suck up to the unions rather than outside-the-box thinkers. Reid is making his bid for the most hypocritical and dishonest demagogue in Washington history, and that’s really an ambitious bid indeed.

Update: Harry Reid, your PAC is on the red emergency line:

In April, billionaire liberal mega-donor Tom Steyer dumped $5 million into Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC. The PAC reported receipts of $5.7 million from April 17 to April 30 — almost all of which came from the liberal mega-donor. This donation was twice as large as the one given to the PAC by fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg earlier this year.

Other notable billionaires who back Democrats include: George Soros, Warren Buffet, Stephen Spielberg, Haim Saban, etc.

“Your winnings, sir!”


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Steyer made his billions on coal…and now is for “clean environment”..

No gambling in Casablanca, really.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

If Reid’s mouth is open, he’s lying. Simple test.

xNavigator on June 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

So, ObamaCare does not cover dementia…?

d1carter on June 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

We need to amend the First Amendment, Reid argues, to address the Billionaire-Balance of Power.

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Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Reid was hit hard by a boxing glove.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Call this Cowboy B-BOP instead of cowboy poetry, if you will

Maybe you mean Cowboy Bebop.

Socratease on June 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Such a despicable cretin. And to think, we were this close to being rid of him in ’10. Ugh.

changer1701 on June 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Insanity.

celtic warrior on June 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Cadaver is speaking to the morons and OWS’ers who are too stupid to do their own fact-checking on this, who are too stupid period.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Progressives don’t have billionaires, they have philanthropists./

Flange on June 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Heck no…..no stinking dem billionaires. They are clean and articulate.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Why doesn’t a Repub show up on the floor of the Senate and verbally bash the crap out of this clown ? Stay on his ass until he has a total melt down.

Appalacher on June 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

So, ObamaCare does not cover dementia…?

d1carter on June 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Nah, Dingy is covered by his platinum CONgressional health plan. Dementia is so fully covered, he’s able to remain active in office in spite of his condition.

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The beating this idiot gets on his twitterfeed is hilarious. Too bad elected republicans don’t have the set of stones to call Reid out on his stupidity.

HumpBot Salvation on June 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Cadaver is speaking to the morons and OWS’ers who are too stupid to do their own fact-checking on this, who are too stupid period.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

George Carlin: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Rix on June 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Why doesn’t a Repub show up on the floor of the Senate and verbally bash the crap out of this clown ? Stay on his ass until he has a total melt down.

Appalacher on June 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Its rigged. As soon as one tries that, the mike gets cut and C-SPAN immediately goes to prerecorded programming.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Harry Reid has basically devolved into an internet troll with a taxpayer funded job in the Senate.

HumpBot Salvation on June 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

George Carlin: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Rix on June 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Heh. I work in city government. I can vouch for the accuracy of that pearl of wisdom.

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Harry Reid has basically devolved into an internet troll with a taxpayer funded job in the Senate.

HumpBot Salvation on June 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Yup….and a very comfy lifetime of taxpayer funded retirement, if and when that occurs.

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Reid is suffering from advanced dementia, no doubt about it.

Whitey Ford on June 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

This man is not well.

The dementia he displays in episodes such as this is evident, and he is a danger to himself, and those around him.

If I have learned anything from the Obama administration, it is compassion through the power of the hashtag. To this end, I humbly submit #BringBackHarryReidsMind.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Whoa, lookit the blinders on ‘ol Harry Reid.

jake49 on June 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Never forget, contrary to any claims, that the Ds have Murdoch.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

You all need to see Drudge.

I hope that it spreads onto all politicians.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Dingy Harry reminds me of the Grandpa character in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original film, not the remake). Has the same physical features as Grandpa, appears chronically zonked out like Grandpa, sucks the blood out of innocent people like Grandpa.

MisterElephant on June 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Claude Raines makes anything better.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

You all need to see Drudge.

I hope that it spreads onto all politicians.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I can think of few people more deserving.

hawkeye54 on June 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Hey – lay off Warren Buffet!
He aint no billiyonayre. Why, he just a workin’ stiff what only gets $100K a year in salary…….

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The Media? Oh they don’t count right Hairy?

BTW, it’s free to vote ya maroon!

can_con on June 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Oh Harry Koch, you sad shadow of a man.

22044 on June 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Alzheimer’s is so sad to watch unfold.

John the Libertarian on June 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

“You can always get the truth from an American politician after he has turned 70 or given up all hope for the presidency.” Wendell Phillips

crankyoldlady on June 19, 2014 at 1:21 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Del for the win!

Closet Optimist on June 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Why do we need or have a Congress?

What do they do that serves any purpose at this point. They pass more stupid laws, they build a bigger power base, they destroy individual liberty every single day, they are corrupt, they don’t even pass a budget, the southern borders are open to INVASION, and they are just standing by and enabling the unification of the U.S. Mexico and Canada.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/06/18/Petraeus-USA-Needs-Immigration-Reform-Washington-DC-is-A-Security-Threat-to-the-Country

Gen. Petraeus was speaking on the “After America, What?” panel at the Centre for Policy Studies’ Margaret Thatcher Liberty Conference at the Guildhall in the City of London.

After America comes North America,” he said, discussing how Canada, the United States and Mexico are set to be a formidable force together, “notwithstanding Mexico’s rule of law issues”.

Again……….why do we want or need them anymore?

PappyD61 on June 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Thank you Nevada! Having inflicted this worthless POS on the rest of the nation, you folks DESERVE to be the nation’s national nuclear waste dump!

GarandFan on June 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

The song “El Paso” is laughably false? Marty Robbins fans are upset with you, Ed.

theCork on June 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Reid was hit hard by a boxing glove.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Not hard enough in my opinion as he is still breathing!!

Deano1952 on June 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Dos thingos, Morrissey.

(I’m learning Spanish so I can get a job in the future.)

Today’s two-minute hate on Emmanuel Goldstein, er, the Koch brothers from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid . . .

^ That would be hilarious, but it’s freaking me out, how close to the truth it is.

We need to amend the First Amendment, Reid argues, to address the Billionaire-Balance of Power. Call this Cowboy B-BOP instead of cowboy poetry, if you will:

2. Cowboy Bebop Rulz.

Axe on June 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Claude Raines makes anything better.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

If you ever make it to New Hampshire for a visit, Claude and his wife are buried here in a small cemetery. They spent their final decade plus in the Lakes Region. Easy to find info about the gravesite on-line.

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Just thought of a couple more Billionaire Democrats.

One of them is married to our current Secretary of State, who’s so cheap he registers his yacht out-of-state to avoid the MA luxury taxes.

And the other one is also in Massachusetts, namely John Henry, who owns both the Boston Globe and the Boston Red Sox. He’s worth at least $1.5 billion.

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Reid called them a cult today, from the Senate podium.

Watch out, Harry, they can sue you now and personally I would sue you so hard your teeth rattled. I guess dementia would be your defense, but then you’d have to step down. Or wait until November when you no longer are in power.

Tard on June 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Rich Democrats go from challenging the status quo to embracing it

So you’re a liberal member of the 1 percent, and you’ve decided to wrest control of the Democratic agenda from change-averse insiders. You want to free the capital from the grip of powerful interest groups. You want to inspire a new set of policies to help America meet the challenges of a fast-transforming economy. Where do you turn for leadership and innovation?

To the teachers union, of course!

At least that’s how it seems to have played out at the Democracy Alliance, the group of superrich Democrats who have funneled more than half a billion dollars into liberal groups over the past decade.

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Got two words for Dingy Harry:

G E O R G E S O R O S

PJ Emeritus on June 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Can we put this man on the red pill and send him home? He is clearly unhinged.

neyney on June 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Maybeno billionaires.

But alleged pederasts? Oh, the emocratic party has teem.

Well,at least one…

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

George Soros bought Obama the WH and his stooges are running the country.

fight like a girl on June 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

As a current resident of the State of Nevada…I’m very, very sorry.

Wyznowski on June 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Jake Tapper really calling out Reid on his hypocrisy. Pointing out Steyer in particular. Nice that for once Reid is challenged.

cat_owner on June 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Hell, Obama’s Commerce Secretary is a billionaire.

hit and run on June 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

As a current resident of the State of Nevada…I’m very, very sorry.

Wyznowski on June 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I understand. If it was a choice between having Harry Reid as a neighbor or voting him out of the neighborhood to Washington DC, you would have faced a very tough choice.

We need to make Congress telecommute in order to remove the “vote the annoying jerk out of the neighborhood” incentive. Until we do this, the nation will continue to be plagued by the likes of Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Franken, etc.

landlines on June 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Harry Reid doesn’t have any brain cells.

talkingpoints on June 20, 2014 at 6:48 AM