Is the Democrats’ focus on the Koch brothers politically effective?
DEMOCRATS (85 Votes)
Somewhat effective: 48%
Not effective: 25%
“Voters are paying attention to outside money this cycle. It is coming to a head.”
“Nothing rallies the Democratic base like evil rich guys. See: Romney, Mitt.”
“Effective with the elite base for money. Voters ask, ‘Who are the Koch brothers?’ “
“The notion that evil billionaires who look and act like the brothers from Trading Places are trying to control government has some resonance.”
“At the end of the day, folks vote their families, not campaign finance reform, but the Koch brothers at least provide an opportunity to talk about ‘choices.’ “
“They have little choice but to put an ugly face on the Koch Bros’ millions. But the money will keep coming and is doing real damage.”
“Waking up the Dem donor base is the point. The voter-messaging success will be if voters see the Kochs’ money interests when they see these ads.”
“No one ever cares about contribution limits, lobbyist money, PAC money. None of this ever matters — none of it ever swings an undecided vote — but we are too stupid to see that, and we keep handcuffing ourselves.”
Is the Democrats’ focus on the Koch brothers politically effective?
REPUBLICANS (86 VOTES)
Somewhat effective: 12%
Not effective: 87%
“Somewhat effective as a distraction, but it won’t have the shelf life they need it to. It will be old news.”
“Raises more money than it costs to make the attacks, so there is a financial benefit, just not a direct substantive one.”
“Too ‘bogeyman’ type; it’s not what voters care about.”
“We tried this against [George] Soros in 2006. No one cared. And it creates a problem for [Georgia Senate candidate Michelle] Nunn that she doesn’t need.”
“It may motivate their base but will not impact swing and independent voters. They hate politics already; getting them to hate it more won’t help turnout. And Democrats are generally favored with higher turnout.”
“They might as well be talking about the Mario Brothers for as much as the average low-information voter cares.”
” ‘The Who brothers’? Any smart Democratic operative will admit to you that it’s a total Hail Mary.”
“It’s actually laughable.”
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