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Democrats Still Obsessed With Koch Brothers

Democrats Still Obsessed With Koch Brothers

No lessons were learned in November of 2014.

Remember when Harry Reid and other Democrats thought they could retain control of the Senate by demonizing the Koch brothers? In November of 2014 that strategy proved to be a loser—but Democrats learned nothing.

Sean Sullivan and Anne Gearan of the Washington Post reported yesterday:

Democrats see new chance to attack Kochs after $1 billion spending announcement

Forget Jeb, Rand and Ted. For Democrats, it’s all about Charles and David.

The announcement this week that the vast political network backed by the wealthy industrialist Koch brothers aims to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 elections has reignited Democratic hopes of casting the brothers as electoral villains and linking them closely to Republican candidates.

It’s a campaign strategy that yielded little success for the party in 2014, a banner year for the GOP. But Democratic officials and operatives say they are hopeful that their anti-Koch message will have more potency in a presidential election year.

Sally Kohn, who somehow has a job writing for CNN, jumped right on the bandwagon:

A better way for the Kochs to spend their millions

Here comes spendageddon!

To influence the 2016 elections, oil barons Charles and David Koch have pledged that their political network will spend $889 million, media reports say. Basically — wrap your head around this if you can — the ultra-conservative Koch brothers want to keep their business and personal taxes as low as possible and keep regulations on the energy industry as low as possible.

And if they get their way, that $889 million in money donated by the Kochs and others to the groups they founded, will turn out to be just a drop in the bucket, a small investment for which they stand to gain much more in tax breaks and free pollution.

I fail to see how the libertarian Kochs, who favor gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana, qualify as “ultra-conservative”; but I’m clearly not as smart as Ms. Kohn.

Sally doesn’t seem concerned with the millions upon millions of dollars spent on elections by labor unions, teacher unions, or liberal billionaires like George Soros.

The reliably liberal New York Times also got in on the action. Nicholas Confessore wrote on Monday:

Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties’ Spending

The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.

The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Once again, the Kochs are mislabeled as conservatives. Are you sensing a pattern? It’s almost like liberals refuse to acknowledge the word “libertarian,” or the Koch’s financial commitments to education, healthcare, and the arts.

Finally, I’ll just remind you that if you think big money in politics is a bad thing, you’re probably just supporting the wrong candidate. Sometimes big money in politics is evidence of a politician’s competence and ability.

Amie Parnes of The Hill:

Clinton plans to astound, intimidate with fundraising ‘like nothing you’ve seen’

Major donors are ready to announce huge financial commitments to Hillary Clinton as soon as she announces a second run for the White House, according to Clinton allies and Democratic fundraisers.

The Clinton team wants to build excitement about her campaign launch, which is expected in March or April. The money blitz would be a show of Clinton’s strength meant to scare away potential primary rivals.

“The floodgates are going to open immediately, and there’s going to be a rush to get on the team,” said Don Peebles, the real estate mogul who served on President Obama’s national finance committee. “There’s nobody in the Democratic Party who can match her. Not even close.”

“It’s going to be like nothing you’ve seen,” added one top Democratic donor, who supported both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and plans to throw big support behind Clinton. “The numbers will be astounding.”

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Collectivists; without lies, they’d have nothing to say, and nothing to believe.

Plus, they’re just STOOOOOOoooooooOOOOpid. Confessore, for instance doesn’t get that the Koch money will be spread all across the fruited plain, and not concentrated on the presidential race.

Or does he know, and is lying about that, too?

Dingy Harry’s rants about the Koch brothers fell on deaf ears, because the intrusion of other billionaires in the electoral process, particularly George Soros, who was very open about wanting to buy an American presidency, is too well-known.

All you have to do is laugh at them.

Kohn is a liberal hack employed by CNN in an attempt to get more traffic by financing her far left rants.

Regardless of subject matter, I literally don’t even bother clicking on an article that has her as author, and I’d recommend everybody else do the same.

CNN employs her because they WANT you to talk about how stupid and biased she is. Controversy generates traffic generates revenue.

    topcat69 in reply to Olinser. | January 29, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I was going to ask who is Sally Kohn and why do I keep seeing her name pop up in the context of idiotic statements. Thanks for pre-answering my questions and I have pre-taken your advice and have never read an article by her or seen her on TV.

They don’t care much about facts, it is about the narrative. It’s part of the “personalize it” Alinsky tactic.

They repeat Palin, Rush, and now the Koch brothers in connection with their narrative of evil conservatives. In time their PC/TV crowd develops the proper Pavlovian response and they drool contempt for targets used in association with those buzz words. Just using “Koch Brothers” rings the Pavlovian bell, with hate being the conditioned response.

The “blame America first” effort has been effective for decades, resulting in the election of the first black “God Damn America” President in history.

“—but Democrats learned nothing.”

No, they never do. History is riddled with the corpses (for you Obama sycophants, those are dead bodies, not Navy medical specialists) of failed totalitarian regimes.

Socialism has failed every time it has been tried. Yet these stupid prog drones just can’t help themselves. They instinctively yearn to bow down before an all-powerful leader, to have the state take control of their lives.

They are all the “useful idiots” of which Marx wrote… thinking that THEY are one of the few smart enough that they will be leading the march towards state-supported bliss.

And they will always LIE their asses off to get there.

    platypus in reply to Paul. | January 29, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    If they really want to bow down before an all-powerful leader, they might want to consider choosing Almighty God who has a long history of treating His people very well.

    In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that they really don’t want to win the “choose-the-most-powerful-leader” contest.

Everybody keep it low, OK? We want them to keep doing what doesn’t work. Indoor voices!

We’re Number 24! We’re Number 24!

They only acknowledge libertarians that lean liberal.

Sally Kohn says: Charles and David Koch have pledged that their political network will spend $889 million.

And if they get their way, that money will turn out to be just a drop in the bucket, a small investment for which they stand to gain much more in tax breaks and free pollution.

Am I supposed to believe that statement? Koch Industries will save more than .9 billion dollars it now has to spend?

Why in the world would someone spend a dollar to save a dollar? Or .9 billion dollars to save .9 billion dollars?

What a brainless fool she is.

The Koch brothers I believe own the Bounty paper towel business. I’ve always preferred Viva. While some people just buy the cheapest paper toweling they see stocked on shelves.

Plus, I remember (now it’s way back) when you could buy pastel toilet paper! The whole market of “color coordinated” toilets, however, bit the dust.

It’s not about the Koch Brothers, but about the laziness of journalists who are too stupid to find better stories.