Congratulations to President Obama and his campaign team who were apparently quite successful in annoying the Koch brothers. A day doesn’t go by when hundreds of articles are written about the slimy, underhanded efforts of the Koch boys to own politicians and legislate more projects, laws and subsidies they can use to satisfy in the needs of their unquenchable greedy souls. But it took the Obama campaign to really piss them off.
In a fundraising letter this week to potential contributors, Obama Campaign manager Jim Messina noted:
In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity,a front group
founded and funded by the Koch brothers. Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who have bankrolled Tea Party extremism and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.
If you are not a loyal Fox Noise watching conservative Republican, you know that there is more fact than fiction to Messina’s remarks. The very fact that Koch camp felt compelled to quickly respond suggests there was too much credibility in those two sentences then the Koch brothers cared for. Phillip Ellender, President of Government and Public Affairs for Koch Industries (AKA, their political hit man) responded:
The implication in that sort of attack is obvious: dare to criticize the President’s policies and you will be singled out and personally maligned by the President and his campaign in an effort to chill free speech and squelch dissent.
It is understandable that the President and his campaign may be ‘tired of hearing’ that many Americans would rather not see the president re-elected. However, the inference is that you would prefer that citizens who disagree with the President and his policies refrain from voicing their own viewpoint. Clearly, that’s not the way a free society should operate.
We all know that the best defense is to play offense. But consider the source. Little Davey and Chuckie Koch want you to believe they are honest, decent American entrepreneurs that never try to malign anyones reputation or unethically influence politics for personal gain. How dare the big bad President attack such nice guys! And if you believe that, you also believe that Rush Limbaugh in an open-minded intellectual giant who has read more than one book; Bill O’Reilly does hours of volunteer work with the poor each week and Ann Coulter doesn’t get into rough sex…. with someone…or some ‘thing.’
Well done Jim, keep up the good work.