It really boils down to typical left-wing arrogance. Liberals say that they are for the poor and that conservatives are selfish. And if one brings up the skyrocketing poverty rate, their opposition to welfare reform (which lifted people out of poverty and into the workplace) and their war against school choice (which benefits poor kids), the answer is either “Give us more power” or “At least our intentions are pure.” (Steyer insists: “I think [the Kochs are] in a very, very different position than me and from the people that I work with. And the fact that we’re on opposite sides of the table on a lot of issues — that is true. But the way that we’re approaching them is very, very different.” Really?)
The hypocrisy is remarkable. First, we witnessed liberal outrage over defeats in the campaign finance cases (in Citizens United, then with McCutcheon), which decried shadowy third-party groups (just Republican ones). Now, the hypocrisy is in full view in the war against the Kochs led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is using Steyer’s wealth to stay in power. It is all a bit much. Democrats have always had the advantage of Big Labor to supply money and troops for Democratic campaigns. Those guys sure want something in return (e.g. card check, National Labor Relations Board appointments). Democrats have cash from Hollywood, Manhattan and Silicon Valley liberal elites who would like pot and gay marriage to be legal and the internal combustion engine to disappear. Those people are just as “selfish” as the Koch brothers, arguably more so since it is the working class, not liberal elites, who will, for example, feel the pinch from higher fuel prices.
Republicans would never call Steyer “un-American,” as Reid dubbed the Koch brothers. Such a term is deeply offensive and unworthy of a robust democracy in which parties battle it out in the court of public opinion. But it is only fair to point out that Democratic billionaires are willing to dish it out, but they sure can’t take it.