Dem Senator: You Know, the Koch Brothers Aren't So Bad After All

Daniel Doherty

4/10/2014 6:40:00 PM - Daniel Doherty

That’s essentially what Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said today on Fox & Friends. Of course, he doesn’t agree with their brand of politics or support their conservative causes, but he does recognize that the Koch brothers are law-abiding citizens who (a) pay their taxes and (b) create tens of thousands of jobs. Democrats may lament their political clout and hate their growing influence come election season, but does that make them “un-American,” as the Senate Majority Leader enjoys pointing out? For what it’s worth, Sen. Manchin is one of the few Senate Democrats unalterably opposed to this kind of low-blow demagoguery; he made that patently clear this morning:

Unfortunately for Manchin, calls for comity in an election year aren't likely to be heeded by his fellow Democrats, especially when their get-out-the-vote efforts aren’t going so well.