Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Note to Koch brothers: People sometimes believe you when you say things

By Richard Barry

Yesterday it was reported that the Koch brothers, those wild and crazy gazillionaires who like to make and break Republican politicians, had settled on Scott Walker as their choice for the GOP presidential nomination.

It was reported because the brothers said so at a fund-raising gathering, though, we are told, the comments were not for public consumption.

Commence the back-pedalling as the Koch's are now saying on the record that they are "not endorsing or supporting any candidate for president at this point in time."

Jonathan Chait writes:

The Koch damage control continues this morning, in the form of a Mike Allen report that, per an unnamed “top Koch aide,” the brothers remain uncommitted. Indeed, reports Allen, “Jeb Bush will be given a chance to audition for the brothers’ support.”

The Kochs seem to be hoping for a lead character who can play the role a little less patrician and a little more Middle America, but Jeb will be given an opportunity to show that he can stretch. So for anybody concerned that the democratic process might be short-circuited by the Kochs precipitously anointing a front man, rest assured. All the candidates will have the chance to curry their favor.

No, the Kochs don't want to give up the opportunity to make other candidates grovel, or kiss their rings or whatever else is put in front of them to kiss.

Oh, to be filthy, stinking rich.


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