MSNBC host Joe Scarborough criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for attacking the billionaire Koch brothers as a campaign strategy.
Reid, a Nevada Democrat, had called Charles and David Koch "un-American" for their conservative political activities, including spending millions of dollars on attack ads targeting Democrats through their super PAC Americans for Prosperity.
, chairman of Koch Industries, hit back this week at the "character assignation" in an op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal while defending his libertarian-leaning political philosophy and corporate record.
On Friday’s "Morning Joe," Scarborough attacked Reid for believing that he could motivate voters to support Democrats by labeling the GOP as a party that is heavily influenced by big money backers.
"It’s the stupidest strategy I’ve ever heard," Scarborough said. "If somebody think that a voter in Raleigh, North Carolina, gives a damn about who is financing 30-second ads, they are too stupid to be in politics.
"You have to be really stupid to think that this is going to work."
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The outspoken host said that Reid was demeaning his position in the government with his "shocking" use of "McCarthyite terms" to describe the Koch brothers.
McCarthyism is a term coined following the anti-communist efforts of Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. It has since come to describe an attack on a person's loyalty without evidence to support the accusation.
"Meet the Press" host David Gregory, who was a guest on the show, said that Democrats appear to support Reid’s campaign against the Koch brothers.
"To have our politics be that shrill from that high a level is going to turn a lot of people off," Gregory said, while adding that the strategy could indeed pump up the Democratic base before the midterm elections.
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