Scarborough Slams Reid's 'Stupid' Anti-Koch Campaign Strategy

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 10:40 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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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.

Charles Koch, 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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