Koch Addiction

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 28, 2011

In the midst of attacking the Koch brothers–and complaining that the Koch brothers aren’t sitting back and letting the attacks take place without replying (something referred to as “self pity” for some incomprehensible reason)–Glenn Greenwald gives the game away when it comes to making the Koch brothers into a political issue for the Left:

. . . Every political movement needs demons lurking behind every problem — the more hidden and omnipotent the better — and the Koch Brothers now serve the same function for the Left as George Soros long served for the Right: the bogeymen who motivate the loyalists and on whom everything bad, including political losses, can be blamed.

Something to bear in mind as one witnesses the attacks on the Koch brothers. Greenwald ought to be thanked for pulling back the curtain on the operation to destroy the Kochs, and revealing the operation to be the cynical exercise so many of us believed that it was from the very beginning.

Relatedly, there is this:

Ben Smith reported this morning that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising email, signed by Harry Reid, that tries to ride the anti-Koch bandwagon. Here’s the relevant part of the email:

Senate Democrats are fighting back each and every day. But with only a slim four-seat majority, we have no margin for error. If Republicans can knock just a few bricks free from our firewall, they’ll force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say “Koch brothers.” With the GOP on the attack and with 23 Democratic-held seats to defend, we have no time to spare. We must act now to keep our majority standing strong. I need your help!

The DSCC must raise $150,371 by our March 31 FEC deadline to keep the Republicans at bay.

Smith notes the DSCC got about $30,000 from the Koch family in the last election cycle. He also reported back in September that a limited number of Democratic candidates have also received Koch money, including sitting senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. New York’s Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, also received $1,000 from Koch Industries in the last election.

Shorter Democratic party: “Koch money is bad . . . unless it is given to us.”

Previous post:

Next post: