Some liberals enjoy hearing one of their own voluntarily pretend to be a one of the billionaire Koch brothers who called Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker this year.
However, according to the Des Moines Register, a death threat and nasty calls were received by a local office supply company that shares the last name of Koch Industries Charles and David Koch:
A case of mistaken identity has entangled a small family-owned Des Moines company in union protests and led to a death threat.
Angry callers are mistaking Koch Brothers, a Des Moines office supply firm, with the brothers who own Koch Industries, the global energy conglomerate. Billionaires Charles and David Koch have fought Wisconsin unions, financed the tea party and opposed climate change rules.
Dutch Koch, president of the Des Moines company, wants everyone to know he’s not one of those Koch brothers, and he’s not politically active.
In fact, as noted in the piece, both surnames are pronounced “coke” and Dutch Koch has received “at least 20 emails and 15 calls from confused protesters.”
Apparently, left-wing protesters are not bothering to even do a Google search and discover the Des Moines office supply company has nothing to do with Charles and David Koch’s businesses.
If this is the kind of attack that someone with the last name of Koch receives, one can only imagine the visceral assault on the actual targets when the left wing protesters make a proper identification.
The attacks on Charles and David Koch have been well coordinated for some time. Erick Erickson at Red State pointed out in August of 2010:
But Barack Obama is so used to demagoguing and is the first Democratic President to really believe the rich are evil, and not just preach it for the base, he needs an enemy. The Koch family will be that enemy.
The New Yorker has an eleven page, 6,000 word article on David and Charles Koch, who own Koch Industries. The article, “Covert Operations,” appears in the August 30, 2010 copy of the magazine. In other words, this article was being manufactured well before Mr. Obama launched the opening salvo on August 9, 2010.
Writing in yesterday’s Playbook, Mike Allen referenced the article, highlighting a passage that David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s advisor, is concerned about the Koch brothers. Mike Allen has more today.
Most troubling, the New Yorker cites as objective sources both the Center for American Progress and Media Matters without ever bothering to mention they are left-wing sources with biases and competing interests against those of the Koch brothers.
As the same time, Mother Jones is attacking the Smithsonian for taking Koch money, the Center for American Progress that the New Yorker relied on as an objective source, is attacking the Kochs in the Boston Globe, they are also attacking David Koch directly, and even Greenpeace is getting in on the act.
This is a coordinated character assassination against Koch Industries and the Koch brothers for daring to use their money to prevent the destruction of the American economy at the hand of a bunch of effete socialists in the White House.
Is it any surprise there’s collateral damage now from these attacks? It has been reported that the FBI has traced the death threat, sent to Dutch Koch, to a California man. Apparently, liberals could very well care less about the headaches they are causing a Des Moines business. All that matter is the left wing base is fired up, regardless of who might get hurt in the end.