Advancing in another direction

Koch whores now may form a majority of the board at the principled libertarian Cato Institute:

The Cato Institute will be governed by members rather than shareholders. The members will be the directors of the Institute and will elect their own successors. Initially, the Board will include 12 long-term Cato directors, including David Koch. They will be joined by three other Koch designees and Allison, who has the option to nominate one or two additional directors. Charles Koch, Crane, and Washburn will not be on the Board.

Allison is the guy the Kochs put in to run the place when they booted the old head.

Koch + 3 Kochs + Allison + 2 Allisons = 7 Koch whores. Out of 12 16 to 18.

(h/t reader M)

Update. Commenter Southern Beale says that 3 Kochs + Allison + 2 Allisons is in addition to the twelve long term members. So there will be between 16 and 18 members, of whom between 5 and 7 are obvious Koch whores.

I suspect that they end up with a majority when you add it all up. There’s probably a few loyalists out of the 12.

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  1. 1

    Color me unsurprised. And less than hopeful.

  2. 2
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I was told there would be no math.

  3. 3
    Steve in DC says:


    Libertarians, forever supporting money talking and then acting all upset when money trumps them.

  4. 4
    Soonergrunt says:

    I’m sure Glenn Greenwald will be along shortly to tell you just how wrong and immoral it is to question his occasional meal ticket, the Cato Institute.

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    PeakVT says:

    Ha-ha! (points at stupid Reasonoids)

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    beltane says:

    Resistance was futile. Species #7 has been assimilated.

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    Arclite says:

    Hey, look at the bright side: Charles Kock won’t be on the board!

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    Doug this isn’t right. They increased the size of the board to 16. Weigel did a thing on it at Slate, I don’t have the link.

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    The Dangerman says:

    12 or 16, 25 or 6 to 4

  10. 10

    I was also told there would be no math. Lies.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    My news is at number 13 in Annie Laurie’s thread, so go there to read. But I need ideas for signs, poster board sized, to make for a Michelle Obama rally on Thursday. Y’all need to help me out, LOL. Please be witty for me.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    7, 12, 100, who cares. Didn’t trust ’em before, and I sure ain’t gonna start.

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    trollhattan says:

    Am having an FYWP moment and don’t know what my transgression is. Bad wurdz r bad. And secret. Wah.

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    Don’t forget that Allison, when he was CEO of BB&T, took $3 billion in TARP money. How do they put up with such a looter and moocher?

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    tofubo says:

    that would be

    (1) Koch + 3 Kochs + (1) Allison + 2 Allisons = 7 Koch whores

    you need to account for the (implied) singletons …


    i do spreadsheets and such, some time around 2005 i came up w/the acronym “qdrpap” (think ebitda), can. not. now., remember what it means

    (i know what the result of the calculation means, just not the words that the letters speldt)

    if you could only journel it in to a reverse backronym de-generator type thingy …

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    Mark S. says:

    Jesus, how many fucking directors do you need for an idiot think tank? I don’t think GM has that many guys on their board of directors.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Mark S.:

    I guess GM has 14. So less than that think tank (fuck you Romney-loving troll who had the same name).

  18. 18
    Mark S. says:


    I just tripped it myself. It’s the name of the stupid think tank.

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    MikeJ says:

    @trollhattan: Bad words aren’t secret.
    and a greasemonkey script that warns you before you submit a comment with a banned word:

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    Left Coast Tom says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Yeah, that’s my view as well. We’re talking about a “Foundation” whose original name was “Charles Koch” and whose mission has never since changed. Are we discussing how many Koch-suckers can dance on the head of a pin?

  21. 21
    catclub says:

    Why am I getting a login box for
    Does anyone know the name and password I should use?

  22. 22
    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @catclub: Just cancel it.

  23. 23
    DougJ says:


    It’s happening at other blogs too. Some site meter issue.

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    scav says:

    Maybe it’s not a think tank board, so much as a band of disciples and they have to have more than JaySus on principle ’cause they’re cooler. Soon they’ll burst out of their little gathering and announce the good news v2.0.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Mark S.:

    Okay, thanks. Probably don’t even care to know what word bit it comprises.

    Does it matter what happens to Kato? Other than attacking inspector Clouseau to our amusement, what have they accomplished? Libertarians are just anarchists with a steady paycheck–if the Kochs summon them to take the final step to the dark side will anybody notice? What does Ron Paul think?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    What does Ron Paul think?

    I suppose it’s possible I could care less about something than to know what Ron Paul thinks, but I’m having problems imagining what that might be.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    Fonzi will keep cashing his check because Rachel Maddow is a partisan.

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