From James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal, Speak of the Devil:
On the ridiculous side, the Washington Free Beacon reports on an anti-Koch protest over the weekend staged by a pair of unions, the New York State Nurses Association and the Service Employees International Union Local 1199, along with the state chapter of the NAACP. They were protesting a new hospital wing.
Yes, you read that right. They objected to “the soon-to-be-built David H. Koch Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital,” for which the eponymous donor gave $100 million:
The donation was the largest in the hospital’s history, and will presumably create a fair number of new nursing jobs. So why are the usual suspects up in arms? Well, the agitators were apparently agitated because this particular hospital didn’t need all the money. Oh yeah, and because it was International Women’s Day, and the Kochs are the primary funders of the “war on women’s reproductive rights . . . and many other issues of concern to American women.” They’re also behind “the effort to defeat and repeal healthcare to all Americans,” whatever that means.
It means that they oppose ObamaCare, of course. And you can’t fault Obama partisans for defending ObamaCare, except on the merits. But the people who staged this protest merely called attention to David Koch’s nonpolitical philanthropic efforts, with which no reasonable person can find fault, and in turn to their own unreasoning hatred.
Populists prefer demons to solution. Koch money is bad, Soros money is good.
from The Atlantic, The Democratic Party’s Foolish Koch Obsession:
“Right now, Democrats can’t figure out how to get away from Obamacare, so they are digging around desperately for something off-topic to discuss,” Todd said. “I had the same emotion in 2006 when it was obvious the war was going to beat us but we weren’t willing to run against the war that we believed in. There is never any magic trick to get out of this box when your party is on the wrong side of the only issue voters care about.”