Harry Reid’s creepy obsession with the Koch is pretty well know at this point by anybody that follows politics.
If one were to believe the idiot Senate Majority Leader, the Koch brothers are responsible for everything from global warming to the crucifixion of Jesus. Reid actually hasn’t accused them of killing Jesus.
That being said, it’s truly pathetic of him to want to use the power of a constitutional amendment to keep people from exercising their free speech rights. Reid, like many other politicians says he wants the “money” out of politics. This is such garbage. Reid only wants money that hurts him out of politics. The war chest he gets to build up while doing not nothing but mentally masturbating in his role as the leader of the Senate, will of course, remain free of the tentacles he wishes upon everybody else:
Frustrated by the “sewer” of modern American political campaigns, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday said that he would bring a constitutional amendment to the floor granting Congress the ability to set strict new limits on campaign contributions, warning he will force multiple votes if necessary to pass the measure.
“When I came to Congress, when you got money you had to list who you got it from, what their occupation was, address, and phone numbers if you had it. Then I saw things change. In 1998, [former Sen.] John Ensign and I ran against one another and we spent about $10 million in Nevada,” Reid told BuzzFeed during an interview in his Capitol office.
“Neither one of us outspent the other, but most of the money we spent was corporate money because there was a loophole where corporate money could flow through the state party. That was an election that was awful. I won it, but just barely. I felt it was corrupting, all this corporate money,” Reid added.
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.
Then the Supreme Court handed down the Citizens United ruling, Reid said, opening the flood gates to hundreds of millions of largely unregulated money to SuperPACs. “It was as if I had jumped into the sewer … it’s awful what has happened.”
And now he wants action:
“It’s been tried before, we should continue to push this and it should become our issue. That really puts the Koch brothers up against it. We believe and I believe that there should be spending limits. We’re going to push a constitutional amendment so we can limit spending because what is going on today is awful,” Reid vowed, indicating that he’ll bring Udall’s measure to the Senate floor soon.
“We’re going to arrange a vote on it. We’re going to do it until we pass it because that’s the salvation of our country.”
Salvation of our country? Sophistry much, Senator?
I think if the good Senator went around and asked people which they’re more concerned about — the Koch brothers spending money on elections or:
- Lousy job growth
- Continuing high unemployment
- Recession level GDP growth
- Gas prices approached $4 a gallon
I am certain they would be far more concerned with the latter.
The irony here is, one of the main drivers of Reid’s little personal jihad is to get Democratic donors to write checks. Big ones.
There really isn’t much of a chance in hell this proposed constitutional amendment goes anywhere.
It doesn’t matter. Reid will carry on and will be aided by a press with the full knowledge this is all about (see the last graph in this Huffington Post article) raising money and stirring up the Democratic rubes in time for November, because the Koch brothers are evil and must be stopped!