Glen has a great post up on the laughably incompetent Koch brothers piece in the Weekly Standard, and I agree with every bit of it but this:
I’m not someone who sees the Koch Brothers as some sort of unique threat. I mostly regard them as little more than a symbol of the death of democratic values in the U.S. — the way in which the possession of vast financial resources is an absolute prerequisite to making any impact on the national political process, and conversely, how those without such resources are politically inconsequential and impotent (short of their fomenting serious social unrest). Every political movement needs demons lurking behind every problem — the more hidden and omnipotent the better — and the Koch Brothers now serve the same function for the Left as George Soros long served for the Right: the bogeymen who motivate the loyalists and on whom everything bad, including political losses, can be blamed.
A couple of things. First, this reads like the “both sides do it” nonsense that Glenn should realize has corrupted so much of our national debate. The fundamental difference between the two is the Koch brothers spend huge sums of cash to help enrich themselves, and then they throw a token few dollars for “libertarian” principles. Soros, on the other hand, spends millions of dollars on programs that help all Americans.
That is a fundamental difference.