Gaius Publius: Koch Bros. are engineering a `merger & acquisition` of the Republican party

Send by emailSend by email

Koch Bros. are engineering a `merger & acquisition` of the Republican party

By Gaius Publius, America Blog, January 27, 2014

The quote in the headline is from digby, but I modified it somewhat. She called it a merger and acquisition of the “conservative movement.” But in my mind, the Koch brothers were already doing that, via campaign-funding groups like Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and its state chapters.

Now the Koch Bros. are moving in on the party apparatus itself.

There are several pieces to this story. The first is an important distinction. As I’ve noted before there are two Tea Parties in the country — Tea Party voters and Tea Party office-holders. These are not the same people, not by a lot.

As I wrote some time ago:

Read my earlier piece on the distinction between Tea Party voters (people with real beliefs) and Tea Party candidates (employees with bosses in a tightly controlled organization). It’s an important distinction in my view; these two groups should not be conflated with language like “the Tea Party.” There is no “the Tea Party” — there are true-believers without power, and people with power who use those believers. Both tend to be called “the Tea Party” but they’re two different balls of wax, at least as I see it.

The Kochs aren’t taking over the Tea Party voters, except to publicly position Tea Party candidates — via ad campaigns — as representing their real concerns. (Did you know that real Tea Party voters hate the bank bailouts as much as you do, and maybe more? Not so the Tea Party candidates.)

Second, the Kochs have been at war with the last-gen “leaders” of the Republican party — the Boehners and the McConnells, the Schmidts and the Norquists — for a while now. For example, listen to this conversation withMike Papantonio and Ring Of Fire Radio or read my original write-up here.

Now the Kochs are upping their ante, increasing the support and funding mechanism for their preferred candidates. Politico (my emphasis; h/t the inestimable digby):

Koch World 2014

Is $35 billion enough for David Koch? He'd tell you no.

Is $36 billion enough for David Koch?
He’d tell you no.

If the Koch brothers’ political operation seemed ambitious in 2010 or 2012, wait for what’s in store for 2014 and beyond. …



Click to America Blog to Read More




#1 That would be the least of

That would be the least of everything that could cause our worry because that would have been done in such way. - Marla Ahlgrimm