The schadenfreude, it is delicious. From Elspeth Reeve at the Atlantic Wire:
The massive amount of outside political spending unleashed by Citizens United did not, as feared, make it easier for rich people to buy an election. Instead, it showed that rich people are pretty dumb about politics. Take the billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch who are spending their 2013 figuring out why they the money they spent in 2012 was such a waste. They have already fired most of their 100 staffers at Americans for Prosperity, and they’re now conducting an audit.
Like American Crossroads and the Republican National Committee, the Koch brothers are trying to figure out why they couldn’t beat President Obama — and several Democratic Senate candidates in red states. The Kochs have delayed their twice-a-year meetings with big conservative donors until they’ve finished their audit, Politico‘s Kenneth P. Vogel reports. The results of the audit will be presented at an April seminar, Vogel writes, adding, “Early indications suggest that they’ll continue playing in politics but will tweak their approach to reflect 2012 lessons.”…
Vogel reports one result of that reexamination is the creation of a new secret money group, Association for American Innovation, and they’re keeping a Latino-outreach group called Libre Initiative. This is the GOP’s current internal debate in a nutshell: Do we need to change our ideas? Or just the packaging? Given Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response restating Mitt Romney’s platform, it seems both the party and the Kochs are leaning toward the latter.
Maybe some underground comedian could convince the brothers to just offer every eligible American a flat sum for their vote. Given the Koch history, of course, we’ll all have to insist on payment in advance.