[T]he Democrats' anti-Koch strategy is risky.Okay, there's one Democrat. Where are the several others? We've got quotes from "Republicans," a spokesman for Koch, more "several prominent Republicans," and Mitch McConnell. Maybe they're honorary Democrats for the purposes of dooming.
The brothers are not a familiar presence to many voters, making it hard to demonize them. Moreover, as Democrats have embraced the new era of big-money donations and super PACs in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, they, too, are growing more reliant on ideological billionaires such as Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund executive who plans to target Republicans over climate change.
While many Democratic operatives say they think the anti-Koch attacks will help mobilize the liberal base, several also said that Democrats must tread carefully.
"If voters see it as an overwhelmingly negative campaign, it'll effectively turn people off and keep them from voting," said Jerry Rephan, a Democratic Party county chairman in Arkansas.
Beyond that, we're told an overwhelmingly negative campaign, being run from the right, is effective because it mobilizes the base. A negative campaign run by Democrats to point out that a couple of billionaires are trying to buy the Senate—while mobilizing the base—is dangerous.
And the Koch brothers spending millions on telling false "horror" stories about Obamacare is exactly the same as a rich Democrat putting money behind the very real threat of climate change.
It's bad enough that four years into the takeover of the Republican Party by the tea party, pundits are still trying to say that the nihilists are the equivalent of a party that's actually trying to make this government work. But why oh why are there any Democrats still reinforcing that false narrative? Seriously, people, is it that important to get your name in the paper? Snap out of it!