Great news: Democrats on board with Reid’s McCarthyite character assassination strategy

posted at 5:21 pm on July 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps this is not a big surprise, since few if any Democrats have spoken out against Harry Reid’s unhinged attacks on the Koch brothers from the Senate floor. Until now, though, they’ve been content to let Reid conduct his character assassination all on his own, while outside orgs supplement Reid’s attacks while insisting that the Left’s billionaires are a completely different case. Politico’s Kenneth Vogel reported last night that Democrats are now embracing Reid’s strategy, even though a few voices warn of some potentially dire consequences:

After Reid’s ad-libbed comments, his office developed a strategy for a coordinated campaign that’s expected to resume this month and carry clear through Election Day and beyond. It’s been shaped and reinforced by Reid’s staff, including former operatives of the liberal Center for American Progress, which had pioneered Koch-bashing politics years earlier. An eclectic cast of characters was also involved, including Reid’s wife, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a top Democratic pollster, two brothers who wrote a business-management book and various liberal super PACs and nonprofits.

This story, drawn from more than a dozen interviews with people involved in various phases of the effort — most of whom requested anonymity to discuss ongoing political deliberations — reveals for the first time the key players and considerations behind Harry Reid’s War on the Kochs, the risky strategy on which Democrats are hinging their midterm election hopes. …

In a year during which little of consequence is being done in the Senate, hardly a week goes by in which Reid doesn’t take to the floor to attack the Kochs’ influence in politics. Since late January, Reid has mentioned the Kochs in 22 separate floor speeches, calling them out about 250 times, either by name (including referring to them as “Charlie and Dave”) or allusion (“two power-drunk billionaires”), and blaming them for all manner of ills including holding up aid to Ukraine.

Those familiar with his thinking expect him to pick up the drumbeat this month. Possible fresh fodder includes last month’s Supreme Court ruling against labor unions, in which the anti-union plaintiff was represented by an arm of the National Right to Work Committee, which has received support from Koch-linked foundations and nonprofits. And Reid is planning this month to bring up a constitutional amendment intended to reduce campaign spending — an effort he’s pushed by citing the Kochs as the poster children for big-money political spending.

Vogel refers to this as “vilification-as-political-strategy,” and says Reid has a “knack” for it, which emerged in 2012 against Mitt Romney. Let’s recall exactly the substance of this vilification strategy: Reid lied, loudly and often, about Romney not paying taxes for the previous ten years. He publicly asserted that he had witnesses to testify to that allegation, and insinuated he had other proof of something that turned out to be entirely untrue. He did everything but wave a paper around claiming he had a list of 230 Romneys who didn’t pay taxes. It was a despicable smear intended to force Romney to release his tax returns so that Democrats could attack his wealth.

In that case, though, Romney was running for President. He could have expected some class-warfare broadsides, even if Reid’s went so far over the top that it should have disqualified him from any political leadership position. The Koch brothers aren’t running for anything. They are engaging in political activism, and their positions and even the level of engagement are fair game, when it relates to reality. Turning them into evil golems for doing exactly what Reid’s billionaire allies do on his behalf — especially after renting out the Senate to Tom Steyer just four months ago — goes far beyond chutzpah into pathology.

That should have Democrats worried, and perhaps especially their own big-money donors:

Still, Reid’s attacks have drawn cries of McCarthyism from around the political world,including MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Mother Jones editor Daniel Schulman. And they’ve even created discomfort among liberal big-money donors and operatives, who worry the argument might expose them to charges of hypocrisy, while they also question the effectiveness of running against donors who won’t appear on any ballots.

Democrats who aren’t all in with this strategy had better start speaking up — and Senate Democrats who kept Reid in his leadership position after his “vilification” strategy in 2012 should have to answer for their support of those tactics, too.

 

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When haven’t the Democrats been ‘on board’ with the ‘politics of personal destruction’?

Resist We Much on July 8, 2014 at 5:23 PM

KOCHSTERIA?
Ed, I never!

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Ed, your smear of McCarthy is shameful. Stop perpetuating this leftist myth.

CapnObvious on July 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Play like a gentlemen, get butt raped by those who don’t. When will Republicans learn?

Rix on July 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

More projection than a 20-screen multiplex.

Mr. D on July 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Meanwhile, this, ahead of YOU being forced to house them.

It’s part of the obama/Reid thuggery.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Leftist thugs are never liberal.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Close the fuc*ing border, you thugs.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Harry Greid is as despicable as they come.

Flange on July 8, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Their base isn’t listening. That’s the larger problem.

will77jeff on July 8, 2014 at 5:28 PM

This would be a good thread for the aptly named ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch to show up and impart some of it’s wisdom.

Closet Optimist on July 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

My political ad would be showing Reid giving one of his speeches, then overlay different political tyrants from history saying basically the same smear tactics that we know today were false.

For some reason, people never think they are living in desperate times, like when the nazis were going after Jewish-owned businesses in 1930′s Germany…. the populous just go along with whomever is ‘in charge’.

We are in said times.

Tard on July 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Big money libs are worried about what, being branded as hypocrites? Sure they are, sure.

The OWS cesspools were crammed with douchebags screaming “Kill the rich!” yet as soon as Jay-Z arrived in his custom-tailored grunge wear to show solidarity those same hysterics fell over themselves trying to get close enough to touch his sleeve and orgasm.

Bishop on July 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

created discomfort among liberal big-money donors and operatives, who worry the argument might expose them to charges of hypocrisy

Might expose them to charges of hypocrisy? No might about it, these libs are dripping in it. Someone needs to challenge Reid and his B.S.

major dad on July 8, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Meanwhile, this, ahead of YOU being forced to house them.

It’s part of the obama/Reid thuggery.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Check this out, Schad..pay particular attention to the end of the article.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_26038396/mayor-artesia-nm-center-may-keep-immigrants-year

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Reid and his supporters are confident enough in their general control of the big media to think they can pick and choose which billionaires to demonize and get away with it. It will be interesting to see if MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell — who praised the Koches for their donations to medical facilities like the one he did recovery/rehab in after his car crash — joins the dissenting voices on the left over this strategy, or if he pulls an Obama and just votes ‘present’.

jon1979 on July 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Its part of their make up.

Sven on July 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Reid and his supporters are confident enough in their general control of the big media to think they can pick and choose which billionaires to demonize and get away with it. It will be interesting to see if MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell — who praised the Koches for their donations to medical facilities like the one he did recovery/rehab in after his car crash — joins the dissenting voices on the left over this strategy, or if he pulls an Obama and just votes ‘present’.

jon1979 on July 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Larry will be demonizing them. Just like his masters tell him to. Tribalism over rides everything.

HumpBot Salvation on July 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM

KOCH-A-DOODLE-DO!

Whatever. So, democrats are going to help Reid attack the Koch Brothers, who just gave $25 MILLION to the United Negro College Fund, and who have donated BILLIONS to charity/the arts/medical research … just a sampling …

- $814,000 to the Kansas State University Office of Diversity to assist “historically under-represented students

- $25 million to Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

- $100 million for cancer research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

- $100 million for a new ambulatory care center at New York Presbyterian Hospital

$15 million to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History for a Hall of Human Origins and another $35 million to update its fossil and dinosaur displays in Washington, D.C. New York’s American Museum of Natural History will enjoy a new Dinosaur Wing, thanks to David’s $20 million gift

$100 million in 2008 to modernize the former New York State Theater at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center

Go for it.

Pork-Chop on July 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Leftists love the personal attacks. Nobody is going to say anything to him. At his age, he’ll soon be in Hell soon, anyway.

ROCnPhilly on July 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Republicans are too afraid to assassinate the characters of those whose characters really need assassinating. Which creates much confusion in the minds of the voting public. They would expect you to be extremely indignant if you feel you are in the right on important matters.

Buddahpundit on July 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Honest question, is there anything/way to prevent elected officials from using the Senate Floor to advance unfounded smear campaigns against American citizens not being charged with the commision of a crime?

Von Kleist on July 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Did you ever see anyone (besides Obysmal) with deader (soulless) eyes? Reid has no moral center.

onlineanalyst on July 8, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Join Facebook to see just how stupid and hate filled so many leftists are.

Simply disagreeing with them will cost you your relationship.

I regularly debate with a globally famous novelist. She has no factual knowledge about anything. It’s shocking. Though she cultivates a sweet, gentle persona, she hates just as much as Harry Reid.

Her fans are all FUBAR.

Facebook is the world’s largest virtual mental institution.

A Chair of Some Kind on July 8, 2014 at 5:43 PM

For a quick history lesson, McCarthy was regularly documented to have claimed a count that we now know was derived from the Lee list of 108 names. He was quoted and even recorded using that number on multiple occasions. Then, at ONE unrecorded press event, ONE reporter said he used “205″, and that characterization was directly contradicted by every other eyewitness at the event later interviewed by the FBI. But that was enough to “prove” McCarthy was “making up lies.” Never mind that all but 1 person (Marshall) on the actual list turned out to be a communist sympathizer, party member, or soviet agent… someone made an uncorroborated quotation that changed the count once, so it’s all one big paranoid delusion, right?

If Harry Reid had been “all but waiving” Romney’s actual tax returns in his hand, then you might have a comparison to McCarthy. Otherwise you’re just libeling an honorable patriot. Again.
Stop it.

CapnObvious on July 8, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Check this out, Schad..pay particular attention to the end of the article.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_26038396/mayor-artesia-nm-center-may-keep-immigrants-year

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Artesia’s residents were just as angry over housing illegals during their hearing last week as those in California. But Artesia’s more isolated and the city’s demographic of more Latino and Native American residents means the protestors don’t fit the preferred big media image of ‘angry white’ opponents of Obama’s plan, so that protest was mostly ignored:

http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_26078801/artesia-residents-upset-decision-house-migrants

jon1979 on July 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Reid is pure corrupt evil. It oozes from his skin. He looks cadaverous and for all we know might really be dead.

darwin on July 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Great news: Democrats on board with Reid’s McCarthyite character assassination strategy

Sigh. McCarthy was mostly right. A lot more than most politicians manage.

Do we really have to adopt the smear leftists have invented around him?

What next? A post talking about false accusations as “swift-boating?”

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Honest question, is there anything/way to prevent elected officials from using the Senate Floor to advance unfounded smear campaigns against American citizens not being charged with the commision of a crime?

Von Kleist on July 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Good question. I’ve heard whatever you say on the Senate floor is protected but it would be interesting to find out if the Kochs could sue the cadaver.

darwin on July 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I’m thinking maybe Republicans should get up and start saying all kinds of crap about Reid. I hear he likes little kids … in not a good way. Talk about how corrupt he is. Talk about his corrupt family. Be extra nasty about his son.

darwin on July 8, 2014 at 5:50 PM

thank you, leader reid, for doing god’s work.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Check this out, Schad..pay particular attention to the end of the article.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_26038396/mayor-artesia-nm-center-may-keep-immigrants-year

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Artesia’s residents were just as angry over housing illegals during their hearing last week as those in California. But Artesia’s more isolated and the city’s demographic of more Latino and Native American residents means the protestors don’t fit the preferred big media image of ‘angry white’ opponents of Obama’s plan, so that protest was mostly ignored:

http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_26078801/artesia-residents-upset-decision-house-migrants

jon1979 on July 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Understood. I live in southern NM. I love Artesia, it’s a lot like Texas. I was showing Schad the irony of where those invaders were being housed.

HornetSting on July 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Democrats are evil fascists. We are always going to have evil people in the world. In the USA those evil people vote democrat. The truly evil people are democrat politicians.

jukin3 on July 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

We’re supposed to believe the left is suddenly worried about appearing hypocritical? Why now? Charges of hypocrisy against big money liberal donors would first require the media acknowledging they exist.

One32ndHekawi on July 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM

The Republicans had better wake up because, after 2012, they shouldn’t allow this stuff to go. First of all, I’d be going after Tom Steyer big time. Here’s a guy that has stopped a pipeline, stopped jobs, stopped us from becoming oil independent, stopped us from being able to help Europe break away from Russian Natural Gas, and all because he’s an environmental nut who’s offered the Democrats money for not approving the pipeline. Why aren’t the Republicans pointing this out?

SO, let me get this straight, the Republicans want to win the Senate, so they allow the Democrats to get them to attack the tea party, an important voting group, they allow the Senate Majority Leader to attack a couple of billionaires who are financing ads against Democrat Senators, and they expect that’s a winning strategy.

Personally, I don’t believe the Republicans want to win the Senate. I think they’re fat, dumb, and happy just being in the minority with no responsibility to perform and accomplish something. I think they like the idea they can go home and blame Harry Reid, get some votes, go back collect a salary and not be responsible for spending, budgets, and balances.

bflat879 on July 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

OT-Have to post this- note the fellow that did not know Clinton bombed Iraq is a senior reporter at HuffPo-

HEWITT: Well, Zach, again, when you read his memoir, come back and we’ll talk about that, but what I’m curious to ask you is, why do you think Bill Clinton bombed Iraq in 1998?

CARTER (more nervous laughter): Uh, I, I’m not really familiar with Bill Clinton bombing Iraq in 1998.

HEWITT (calmly going for jugular): Did you know that he did that?

CARTER: No.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2014/07/08/senior-political-reporter-huffpo-belatedly-learns-clinton-bombed-iraq#ixzz36utAs2Cp

CW on July 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

RE: darwin on July 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM
Now that you mention it I’ve heard that same thing about being protected speach…. Going out on the slippery slope here but it seems ot me that if we were to have strict rules on speach this woudl be the one place to use it. Allowing elected officials carte blanche to ridicule , belittle, and out and out lie about non law breaking Americans seems like it should have been put to bed shortly after the whole McCarth fiasco…no?

Von Kleist on July 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

The Democrat Party is our major problem…obama is just a symptom.

rjh on July 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Reid and his DemCommies are displaying the worst form of self-humiliation. They have no record to run on, nothing left to offer, nothing left to say. When all else fails, act like a 9 year old girl that just got her doll thrown in a pit of mud and just do a freak out type attack – I hope it comes complete with Senate Floor tantrums and millions spent on worthless TV ads.

/Desperation. It smells like sweaty dems in panic. Forward!

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

The Democrats like Harry Reid. Democrats hate Sarah Palin.

Democrats are scum. Really scum.

fadetogray on July 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Chuck Schumer is desperately hoping this doesn’t work. He sits up night after night worrying that the GOP could become a permanent minority.

mankai on July 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Democrats who aren’t all in with this strategy had better start speaking up — and Senate Democrats who kept Reid in his leadership position after his “vilification” strategy in 2012 should have to answer for their support of those tactics, too.

That will be pretty hard to do. Considering their ‘dear leader’ in the White House consults Alinky’s book on a daily basis.

GarandFan on July 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

sorry for poor spelling… I was educated by the Union.

Von Kleist on July 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Honest question, is there anything/way to prevent elected officials from using the Senate Floor to advance unfounded smear campaigns against American citizens not being charged with the commision of a crime?

Von Kleist on July 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I believe that (like insider trading) they have passed laws to exempt themselves from liability for anything that might be said on the floor.

Neat, huh?

Midas on July 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Reid’s McCarthyite character assassination strategy

Good deal! I have to presume then that I am okay to state the obvious then.

Harry Reid has never denied being a pedophile.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

thank you, leader reid, for doing god’s work.

Stupid sock comments stupidly.

But even so, KochForBrains, it should give you a cold little shiver down your back (what if what these Christians and Jews say is true?) when you take His name in vain for such a petty purpose.

Dolce Far Niente on July 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Democrats are evil fascists. We are always going to have evil people in the world. In the USA those evil people vote democrat. The truly evil people are democrat politicians.

jukin3 on July 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I’m no “messaging specialist” by any means but please understand that many registered Dems have gone along with the party line, just like GOP voters.

What needs to be exposed is the “Country Club” atmosphere and attitude of those members of Congress who only represent their own self interests and to fatten their own bank accounts through payback and pay to play schemes. This applies to BOTH parties.

BOTH Country Club Parties have done their level best to annihalate opposition, demonize criticism and mainly the Tea Party which represents ordinary Americans of all stripes and backgrounds against the Country Club.

Unless and until that message can resonate we can expect more of the same bread and circuses.

I won’t donate a DIME to either party.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

The Democrat Party is our major problem…obama is just a symptom.

rjh on July 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

People who vote for candidates who push anti-Constitutional progressive policies are the problem. The Democratic Party is just a symptom of the rot.

fadetogray on July 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Democrats are scum. Really scum.

fadetogray on July 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Correction. Dems and Rep’s who occupy the seats of power are scum. At least most of them are – term limits is the only way to cleanse the mildew that encases these life long politicians who line their pockets with corporate and taxpayer money for their own benefit.

Read about the Tea Party and what we are about.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Great news: Democrats on board with Reid’s McCarthyite character assassination strategy

MxCarthy went out after communists. Reid is attacking a single family. Big difference.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

And, for the record, history has proven McCarthy was more right than wrong despite the way popular culture has decided to view his actions.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Reid lied, loudly and often, about Romney not paying taxes for the previous ten years. He publicly asserted that he had witnesses to testify to that allegation, and insinuated he had other proof of something that turned out to be entirely untrue.

This is all that needs to be known about Harry Reid. He bears false witness against others in direct defiance of his faith (that he only seems to embrace when it’s re-election time). A man who will openly, and repeatedly, spit into the face of his own god is a man only capable of evil deeds.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

thank you, leader reid, for doing god’s work.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Bishop! For the love of Pete, get out of that ridiculous outfit!

Besides, you have the garter belt on backwards.

CurtZHP on July 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Besides, you have the garter belt on backwards.

CurtZHP on July 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Lolz! ; )

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Correction. Dems and Rep’s who occupy the seats of power are scum. At least most of them are – term limits is the only way to cleanse the mildew that encases these life long politicians who line their pockets with corporate and taxpayer money for their own benefit.

Read about the Tea Party and what we are about.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Why do you think my statement needed correction? You can argue the GOP should be taken down (I do), but it doesn’t change the reality that only scum would vote for a Democrat one whit.

Desperate voters who don’t see themselves as having any other way to stop the Democrats than vote Republican are doing the only decent thing they can see to do.

Democrat politicians are scum. People who vote for Democrat politicians are scum. Republican voters are mostly just regular people doing the best they can in a country becoming increasingly morally corrupted.

My statement needed no correction. Perhaps your intention was just to elaborate?

fadetogray on July 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Perhaps your intention was just to elaborate?

fadetogray on July 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

My intent was to state the obvious. The two establishment parties are aligned. We The People have no true representation… on either side.

Hint: John McCain. Lindsey Graham. Thad Cochran. And every other Republican that has held a seat for more than 20 years. Same for the other side.

/P.S. Bless your heart.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Great news: Democrats on board with Reid’s McCarthyite character assassination strategy

Point of order, Mr. Chairman.

1. McCarthy was not about character assassination. He was legitimately concerned about Communist influences in our government. Reid is setting out to destroy people for political purposes.

2. The thing that McCarthy feared — namely, Communists infiltrating the federal government — was actually true, and continues to this day.

3. The more “questionable” actions that people often equate with “McCarthyism” were, in fact, committed by the House Unamerican Activities Committee, with which McCarthy, as a senator, was not associated.

Shump on July 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The only thing that surprises me about Harry Reid is the fact that the voters of Utah continue to vote for him despite the fact that he enjoys having sex with young boys. I mean, when did being a pederast become a political asset?

WarEagle01 on July 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

WarEagle01 on July 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

::::snicker::::

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

WarEagle01 on July 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

::::snicker::::

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:43 PM

OFA troll alert.

Harry Reid represents Utah.

/Obama wields his Pen of Power! I’m still giggling….

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Great news: Democrats on board with Reid’s McCarthyite character assassination strategy

….how can that be?…Don’t you have to have ‘character’ to enable you to do character assassinations?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Harry is Biden in the bullpen.

Meanwhile, this, ahead of YOU being forced to house them.

It’s part of the obama/Reid thuggery.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

That’s why he’s cutting the military.

formwiz on July 8, 2014 at 6:53 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Naah, I doubt if Barry is engineering the attacks on the Kochs, he has probably delegated this kind of stuff to his brain, -ValJar.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

The only thing that surprises me about Harry Reid is the fact that the voters of Utah continue to vote for him despite the fact that he enjoys having sex with young boys. I mean, when did being a pederast become a political asset?

WarEagle01 on July 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Good news for Harry, and everdiso (lester the molester) and Libby:

Paedophilia is Natural and Normal for Males

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Honest question, is there anything/way to prevent elected officials from using the Senate Floor to advance unfounded smear campaigns against American citizens not being charged with the commision of a crime?

Von Kleist on July 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Yes, the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution (defamation is not a crime; it’s a tort). Article I, Section 6, Clause 1:

‘[Members of both Houses of Congress] shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony, and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their attendance at the Session of their Respective Houses, and in going to and from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.’

Resist We Much on July 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

So the democrats mid-term election platform seems to be birth control and the Koch brothers. If Obama is giving up his war on inequality, they’re going to have to come up with ways to demagogue issues that people actually care about, not birth control and Koch.

supernova on July 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Odd. I didn’t see ‘kochsteria’ mentioned in Obama’s ‘new civility’ memo.

But, hey. That was like 2 years ago, dood.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 8, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Ed: Your persistence in perpetuating the McCarthy myth thing by playing into the twisted distortions the way you are here shows you to be persistently perpetuating the reality that you’re a fool. Get your act together. HotAir is getting lower & lower. You & Allahpundit are so foolish sometimes you’re both pathetic.

ABLOGMAN on July 9, 2014 at 2:21 AM

An eclectic cast of characters was also involved, including Reid’s wife, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders…

I stopped reading when I got to this line because, I never knew, although I can’t say I’m surprised.

I love the English language.

Robbin Hood on July 9, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Robbin Hood on July 9, 2014 at 6:56 AM

LOL!

GWB on July 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

If you wanted to compare the leftist character assassination of Romney to the leftist character assassination of McCarthy, then you’d have a valid metaphor.

CapnObvious on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM