Koch Brothers Fight Back, Still Decry 'Radical' Obama
'Weekly Standard' profile defends brothers 'demonized' by left
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2011 12:36 PM CDT
Julia and David Koch attend the 2011 School of American Ballet Winter Ball at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on March 14, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The Koch brothers are fighting back against the perception (at least on the left) that they're evil personified. The latest salvo comes via a lengthy profile in the Weekly Standard, which argues that the brothers behind Koch Industries are "demonized" by liberals who see them as "convenient scapegoats." Remember that prank phone call between a fake David Koch and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker? No wonder Walker didn't recognize Koch, writes Matthew Continetti—they'd never spoken before. Yet Koch was portrayed as pulling all the strings. "The press attacked me rather than the guy who impersonated me!" complains David. "And I was criticized as someone who’s got a death grip on the governor and his policies. And that I control him—I mean, that’s insane!”

The article says the brothers were content to remain low-key until President Obama's policies raised a national debate about the size and scope of government. (The smaller the better, as far they're concerned.) Of note:

  • David Koch on Obama: “He’s the most radical president we’ve ever had as a nation and has done more damage to the free enterprise system and long-term prosperity than any president we’ve ever had.” Why? His dad was a "hard core economic socialist," which means Obama "had sort of antibusiness, anti-free enterprise influences affecting him almost all his life."
  • Charles Koch on Obama: “He’s a dedicated egalitarian. I’m not saying he’s a Marxist, but he’s internalized some Marxist models—that is, that business tends to be successful by exploiting its customers and workers.”
The full profile is here.