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Harry Reid’s anti-Koch Brothers paranoia

Harry Reid’s anti-Koch Brothers paranoia

“You can keep your First Amendment if you like it,” or something like that.

The spectacle continues.

Harry Reid again today used the power of his position to single out two private citizens who have committed no crime, broken no law, and whose political speech is within the First Amendment protections as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Those two people are the Koch Brothers.

In supporting a Constitutional Amendment to the First Amendment — in itself a sign of a dangerous proclivity for tyranny — Reid again took to the floor of the Senate to attack not only the Koch Brothers, but their father, as live tweeted by Byron York:

Twitter - @ByronYork - Harry Reid Attacking Koch father

At some point, any point, do Democrats have the guts to acknowledge the danger Reid’s anti-Koch Brothers paranoia poses to the nation? The Senate actually will vote to change the First Amendment because of Harry Reid’s obsession? Thankfully, the Senate cannot do that alone, and it likely never will happen. But if Harry Reid had his way, it would.

Scott Johnson at Power Line, commenting on a BuzzFeed interview of Reid observes:

[Reid’s interview statement: “Things had changed for the good, he said, by 2004. “I felt so clean and pure with McCain-Feingold, which had come into being, it was wonderful. We were back where we should have been,” he said.]

Once upon a time, Harry Reid felt clean and pure. Now he feels dirty, as though he has jumped into a sewer. Why might that be?

Those of us observing from the outside have found Reid to be a one-man sewer. Reid attributes his feelings of dirtiness to the the Supreme Court and the “Koch Brothers.” He wants to feel clean and pure again. I believe we have here is a nasty case of what the psychiatrists refer to as projection, but I freely confess that I am over my head.

“You can keep your First Amendment if you like it,” or something like that.


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DINORightMarie | May 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

What is the penalty of a Senator abusing his power against a private citizen, slandering and libeling the individual(s) like this?! Do the Koch brothers have ANY recourse against such a powerful man?!

If there ever was a reason for mental health checks, Harry Reid is perfect example #1!!

I still can’t believe he defended Adelson, but decries these men, and now their father?!

Please, PLEASE Nevada, do NOT send this disgraceful, delusional man back to DC!!!

    texasron in reply to DINORightMarie. | May 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Harry knows he can’t be sued for anything he says on the floor of Congress. If he makes a statement in public, then he can be sued.

    Estragon in reply to DINORightMarie. | May 16, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Reid isn’t crazy at all. If he were, he would continue his attacks outside the shield of absolute immunity he enjoys on the Senate floor in session.

    He is just the same vile, corrupt, nasty little man he’s always been. It’s just that now he is so drunk with power, and so agitated at the thought he might lose power, that he feels no restraints at all any more.

Harry Reid is continually and loudly complaining about some billionaires contributing money to conservative groups. Answer the question of who are the billionaires supporting the Democratic Party, and you know who is being protected by this smoke screen.

Remember when kooks like Reid used to be marginalized, ridiculed and shunned? Now they’re the flag bearers for the Democrats.

LukeHandCool | May 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

There’s nothing the matter with Harry.

He just took the taste challenge.

He prefers Soros’s dyspepsia to the Brothers Koch.

Reid is a disgrace, and one that’ll be remembered in history.

There are several Senators who should be prosecuted for their roles in the IRS tyranny, and they are worse than Reid.

stevewhitemd | May 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

Time for some fun.

I’m reviewing the Senate Rules for Order. Rule XIX states in part that

7. No Senator shall introduce to or bring to the attention of the Senate during its sessions any occupant in the galleries of the Senate. No motion to suspend this rule shall be in order, nor may the Presiding Officer entertain any request to suspend it by unanimous consent.

Now then: I’d plan ahead with a Senator willing to have some fun (e.g., Ted Cruz). I’d slip one of the Koch Brothers into the gallery one morning. Don’t worry, the Democrats think of the brothers as devil-spawn but wouldn’t recognize either in a police lineup.

When Senator Reid then launches into his usual screed from the floor of the Senate and specifically mentions the Koch brothers as responsible for some evil, Senator Cruz would rise and call a point of order, since Reid is calling attention to an occupant of the gallery. The Presiding Officer would have no choice but honor the point, and Senator Reid would be called to order and required to return to his seat.

Comedy gold, recorded live on C-SPAN.

Henry Hawkins | May 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

No point in having a George Soros on your side if he is cancelled out by the Koch Brothers.

An example of Reid’s recent mendacity- and a brief review of his history- is in Part 3 of this Las Vegas Sun blockbuster on Nevada water policy.

It’s an epic story covering many years and characters, but it provides some specific clues to solving the puzzlec of what exactly (besides raking in cash and power) Reid has been after in his dealings with the BLM and land owners in the Southwest. Note that much of the dispute -the article dates back to 2008- centered even then near Bunkerville, Cliven Bundy territory. The quick review of Reid’s dealing with gangsters, casino owners and the mob suggest the likely reason he’s persecuting the Koch’ s while ignoring Adelson’s far more damaging actions in betrayal of this nation.

Reid sees the future and doesn’t like it. His time in power is drawing to a close and he hasn’t the grace to deal with it. Hide your crazy, Harry!

The DNC sat down and said, “The Koch Brothers are effective at spending money and getting their ideas in front of the American people. They are, in some cases, much more effective than any of the similar Democrat benefactors like Soros. What can we do???”

The answer, we can taint every one of their ads and/or initiatives by implying that they are bad people. We get Reid, Pelosi, et al. to imply how bad they are to politics. Keep harping on them. (Doesn’t matter if what we accuse them of is real or not — just accuse them of vague dastardly efforts.) Then Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, and the rest of the echo chamber will continue the story…Koch Brothers = dark conspiracy.

[Maddow goes so far as to pin the Florida effort for drug testing for welfare on Koch brothers even though they are really as completely unrelated to the effort as Maddow herself is!]

But the truth is that the Democrats can’t be as effective as the Koch brothers are, so they have to retreat to McCarthyism by pretending any conservative message funded by them (and even sometimes when it is not even funded by them) is evil.

When the dust settles and historians look back on the Koch Brothers and Harry Reid’s efforts, Reid will look silly. TV ads don’t buy votes. Even if an ad is on TV a hundred times a day, it doesn’t buy a vote. Ideas buy votes. The difficult thing for Reid to accept is that Americans often like the ideas that the Koch brothers advertise.

Is this the same Harry Reid who is rumored to be a pederast?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to snopercod. | May 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    It is alleged he has quit that particular behavior, for the most part anyway, according to anonymous sources.

Reid remains the most overtly corrupt Senator since Harrison Williams, at least. He has never made more than his congressional salary in House and Senate, yet maintained residences in Nevada and DC and traveled back and forth. Somehow he made millions in “investments” – nearly always just before or after bestowing a legislative or influence favor – by being allowed to buy into deals or projects just before they cash in, but well after any risk of loss.

The man lives in a luxury hotel suite in DC now. Any idea what that costs? Where does the money come from?

It has been suggested that the best counter to Reid’s personal nonsense is to respond to each with a press conference on the steps, each time with a different Republican, to discuss the details of one of Reid’s past crooked deals, and call them what they are.

He is notoriously thin-skinned, and will be so mad he will at least be distracted from other mischief until he cools down.