Tag: Koch Brothers

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Polls Apart

 

I ran into my longtime political consultant, frat buddy, and pollster, Phil A. “Buster” Mignon, who handled numerous campaigns for me when I was an influential international political force. Fortunately, neither of us was hurt in the collision, but his Smart Car was totaled. I lifted its remains into the trunk of my baby blue Edsel.

I had barely pushed the first gear button on my Edsel’s dash before Buster began to bring up the crazy hijinks we pulled off in college while we both pursued advanced degrees in White Privilege Studies. He had me guffawing. And you, of all people, should know how much I love to guffaw.

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Here’s what’s come of the libertarian brand. The brothers Charles & David Koch are done with politics. They’ve never been much good at it; & they’ve thrown money at it like you wouldn’t believe; & if you listen to Mr. Robinson’s interview, you’ll see one of them in his full, American, honest ignorance of democratic politics. […]

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“Attacks on Koch brothers contributed to Democrats’ midterms losses, party officials say”  Democratic officials are second-guessing the party’s obsession with attacking the Koch brothers, saying it bears some of the blame for last year’s devastating election losses as the focus on the conservative billionaires diluted a party message already struggling for clarity. Read More View […]

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. . .it’s nice to see that our side does not have a monopoly on lousy messaging. We saw this sign near our house in Michigan: Read More View Post

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The “Evil” Koch Brothers

 

The New York Times:

More than a thousand miles from the labor tumult in Wisconsin — where his name shows up on the signs of protesters and a liberal blogger impersonating him got through to the governor on the phone and said “gotta crush that union!” — the real David H. Koch was greeted rather more warmly here Friday when he officially opened a new cancer research institute bearing his name.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Is Harry Reid All There?

 

At what point do Democrats admit that Harry Reid, well, isn’t all there?

The 74-year-old former boxer has often tossed around unsourced smears to gain a brief political advantage, but now one wonders if he took too many blows to the head. Reid’s current obsession with long-time libertarian donors Charles and David Koch is downright nonsensical. He’s making increasingly bizarre allegations with little apparent benefit.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Explaining Paul Krugman — Pejman Yousefzadeh

 

Greg Mankiw is rightly exasperated with Paul Krugman’s propensity to write columns that “[take] a policy favored by the right, [attribute] the most vile motives to those who advance the policy, and [ignore] all the reasonable arguments in favor of it.” There are two possible reasons why Krugman likes doing this kind of thing:

  1. Krugman actually believes that the most vile motives should be attributed to people who advance policies that he doesn’t like, which indicates that Krugman is epistemically closed off from competing theories and beliefs; or
  2. Krugman knows that he is engaging in rhetorical excess, but does it anyway because rhetorical excess is what his fan base wants, and they love him for providing it on a regular basis.

Neither scenario makes Krugman look good. And neither scenario makes the New York Times look good for giving him a platform and refusing to check his worst impulses.