Politico -- Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday strongly defended the Koch brothers from attacks by fellow Democrats, saying the wealthy and politically active businessmen are taxpaying Americans who are creating jobs
. “People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing— paying their taxes,” Manchin said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”
“They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs,” he added.
When asked whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attacks on the Koch brothers “helps or hurts the cause for the country and the Congress,” the West Virginia senator said it’s people in the middle that need to be reached.
“If you’re trying to rally the base, the bases have already been rallied. The right and left bases have been rallied,” Manchin said. “It’s us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward.”
Manchin, who also served as governor of West Virginia, said harsh rhetoric from either side does little to help the country.
“Right, wrong or indifferent, whether you like the politicians, or not. There’s people who don’t like the extreme Democrat politics or extreme Republican politics, we got to start being Americans again,” the senator said.
A spokesman for Koch Industries said Manchin’s comments likely reflect what others, on both side of the aisle, are thinking and that “it’s about time” somebody spoke out.
“My guess is that Sen. Manchin has expressed a point of view that a lot other senators — Democrats, Republicans — have probably wanted to say and haven’t,” Steve Lombardo said.
A request for comment from Reid’s office was not immediately returned.
Blog author's comments - The reason Harry Reid and others members of the Obama administration are trashing the Koch brothers is that they are afraid of losing the Senate and the Koch brothers are supportive of the Republican Party and use their money to help the GOP.
As Senator Harry Reid angrily rants and raves about the Koch Brothers, much of America is bored from having heard this performance too many times. Sen. Manchin offered some much needed sanity with his comments as opposed to Reid. And it’s time that Democrats take a good, hard look at what has become of their agenda for the midterm elections. Rather than focusing on solutions for the country the dominant talking points in 2014 for the left concerns blaming others, covering up scandals and slandering GOP donors. But Reid never mentions the large amounts of money the Democrats have received from liberal George Soros for years.
Reid could not handle losing his job as the leader of the Democrat controlled Senate. And if the GOP should win control of the Senate and maintain control of the House Obama would be a lame duck president his last two years in office. So Reid will do and say whatever he feels is necessary hoping that the low-information voters will believe him and remember what he said when they go to the polls in this year's midterm elections.