The War on the Koch Brothers

Liberals Still Not Giving Up on Keystone

Featured image Gail Collins has a column on the Keystone Pipeline in today’s New York Times. It illustrates why so many consider the Times to be the last redoubt of the ignorant. Collins begins by complaining that Republicans, victorious in last week’s election, keep mentioning approval of Keystone as something the new Congress will do. Which is bad because…well, she never says. Republicans talk about Keystone because it is low-hanging fruit, something »

Messages and Messengers

Featured image One of the happy consequences of last night’s Republican sweep is that several obnoxious themes on which Democrats have relied will now, presumably, be put out to pasture. These include the moronic “war on women,” which ostensibly worked in 2012 but fell on its face this year. Someone forgot to tell Joni Ernst, Elise Stefanik, Mia Love, and countless other Republican women who stuck it to the Democrats. A second »

The Democrats’ War On the Koch Brothers Is a Flop

Featured image The Democrats, hard up for issues to run on this year, decided to try to run against Charles and David Koch. This strategy was counterintuitive, since most people had no idea who the Kochs are, and voters are notoriously indifferent to campaign finance issues. But the Democrats pressed ahead, holding press conferences, denouncing the Kochs on the Senate floor, producing videos, and spending untold millions on campaign ads tying Republican »

One More Reason to Hope the Democrats Lose In November

Featured image There are lots of good reasons to hope that the Democrats suffer a humiliating defeat in November, and this one is pretty far down the list. Still, it isn’t insignificant: as we have documented over and over, the Democrats, from the White House and Harry Reid on down, have run this year’s campaign largely against Charles and David Koch. It is rare for the Democratic Party to send out a »

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone

Featured image Rolling Stone has declined badly since the days when it employed P.J. O’Rourke as its foreign correspondent. The magazine falls a little farther with this month’s issue, which features the most uninspired hit piece on Koch Industries yet to appear in print. Timed to reinforce the Democrats’ campaign theme, Tim Dickinson’s article contains no original reporting, but merely regurgitates tired and discredited stories about Koch’s alleged misdeeds over the decades. »

The Democrats’ Latest Koch Smear Falls Flat

Featured image Left-wing political operative David Brock’s group, American Bridge, released a report today titled “Legacy of Loss: Koch Industries’ Layoffs and Environmental Harm in Battleground States.” The reference to battleground states eliminates any doubt as to the report’s purpose; it is basically a pastiche of news stories and rumors cobbled together from an internet search or two, intended for this year’s Congressional campaigns. The quality of the report, as one expects »

Method to Harry Reid’s Madness

Featured image We have chronicled the descent of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid into incoherent babbling about Charles and David Koch. Reid thinks he is on to something, even though one observer commented that in his Senate speeches denouncing the Kochs, Reid sounds like a homeless man standing in front of a liquor store in Cleveland in his bathrobe. But at Politico, Kenneth Vogel says that Reid might finally be making “progress.” »

The Most Epically Hypocritical Democratic Party Smear Ever! This Is One for the Record Books

Featured image Mark Andrew is a former chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic (DFL) Party. He also writes an occasional column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Today he attacked Flint Hills Resources, which owns a refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota. Why? Because Flint Hills is owned by Koch Industries. What was the occasion? Flint Hills sponsors an annual “International Children’s Festival” in conjunction with the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, and the festival got underway »

Reporters Shocked When Their Targets Talk Back

Featured image Media Matters has an interesting interview with Daniel Schulman, an editor at Mother Jones who has written a book on the Koch brothers. The main topic of the interview is Koch Industries’ aggressive response to journalists who try to smear the company and its owners: “In terms of the general P.R. operation, I think that KochFacts itself has been pretty effective at giving reporters pause,” Schulman said. “Now you know »

The Roberts intervention

Featured image Kansas Senator Pat Roberts recently performed something like an intervention (as the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross called it) addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “Koch addiction.” The Kochs are of course among Roberts’s constituents. Ross notes that at last count Reid has mentioned the Koch brothers 134 times on the Senate floor. It’s good to have Senator Roberts’s contribution to the shaming of Harry Reid. It takes a helluva »

#ProTip for Harry Reid: Give It Up, You’re Losing

Featured image Harry Reid’s obsessive campaign against Charles and David Koch has been drawing negative commentary lately, as observers note that it has gotten no traction with voters, is far removed from the issues that most people care about, and if anything is generating sympathy for the brothers. The Democrats’ latest venture–the screening of Robert Greenwald’s new edition of “Koch Brothers Exposed” at the Visitor Center in the Capitol Building–lends more support »

Democrats’ Misuse of Capitol Visitor Center for Partisan Rally Draws Ethics Complaint

Featured image We have written several times about the spectacle of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi commandeering the Capitol building’s Visitor Center to screen a partisan video by the far-left Robert Greenwald. To all appearances, the Democrats’ use of this taxpayer-funded space was illegal. Yet Reid and Pelosi, when apprised of the relevant legal issues, went ahead anyway. They probably shouldn’t have bothered. The turnout was risible, possibly 40 people, mostly Democratic »

The Palme d’Or Goes To…

Featured image Greenwald in the Cities! The Democrats are illegally commandeering the taxpayer-funded Capitol Visitor Center to screen the “premiere” of a partisan film by far-left video maker Robert Greenwald, beginning in around an hour. The video is titled “Koch Brothers Exposed,” and has already been exposed as a fraud. In honor of this disgraceful event, we are recognizing the best video ever made by or about Robert Greenwald. It is a »

Democrats Persist in Illegal Use of Capitol Visitor Center

Featured image I wrote here about Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s bizarre plan to team up with Robert Greenwald, a far-left video maker in screening Greenwald’s “Koch Brothers Exposed.” The film, which we have written about several times, contains little or nothing but misinformation. The screening is scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Visitor Center of the Capitol building. The affair is in grotesquely bad taste. Greenwald is a low-rent purveyor of »

Analyze this

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times featured Nicholas Confessore’s long page-one story on David (mostly) and Charles Koch. I wrote about it in “A campaign you may have missed.” Today’s Times brings Confessore’s relatively brief story on Tom Steyer, a sort of (hypocritical and narrowly self-interested) liberal counterpart to the public-spirited involvement of the Koch brothers. Steyer has committed to raising $100 million promoting “climate” issues on behalf of Democratic Senate campaigns »

A 1980 campaign you may have missed

Featured image Pitching in to promote the Democrats’ leading theme of this campaign season, the New York Times features Nicholas Confeessore’s page-one story in today’s paper: “Quixotic ’80 campaign gave birth to the Kochs’ powerful network.” Confessore’s story comes out of a deep dive into the Libertarian Party archive at the University of Virginia. Like the Washington Post’s ludicrous Koch/Keystone pratfall, Confessore’s story is derived from the shadow world of well funded »

The Democratic Party Makes War On Free Speech

Featured image Scott wrote earlier this morning about Harry Reid’s support for a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to regulate spending on political campaigns, down to the last dollar. The amendment was proposed by Tom Udall last year; you can read the full text here. This is the key language: Congress shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to Federal »