Donald Trump keeps rolling along. And things keep getting worse for Hillary Clinton. The real campaign hasn't even started yet. A lot of Clinton's misery is of her own making. Trump is a sociopath -- who will say anything and stop at nothing to win. But, Gerry Caplan writes, things will really get bad when "Kochtopus" is unleashed from its underwater lair. The meme refers to:
Charlie and David Koch and the astonishingly rich and powerful gang of extreme right-wing billionaires they have quietly organized over the past few decades. They have already wreaked havoc among Democrats and undermined any number of progressive causes.
They may operate underwater. But they are now well known:
This record is meticulously documented by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in her terrifying new book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.Mayer shows how the syndicate that the Kochs have organized has been responsible for everything from the emergence of the Tea Party to the charge that Obama’s health-care act provides for “death panels” to the widespread denial of climate change across the United States. The Kochs and many of their allies are themselves oil billionaires who hate environmentalists, government regulation and paying taxes. If Trump is dangerously unpredictable, Koch and his plutocratic pals are only too predictable.They will, as they always do, use smears, lies, distortions, fabrications, fear-mongering – whatever it takes, or costs. The Kochs and their fellow conspirators are pledged to spend no less than a cool $889-million fighting the Democratic nominee this year.
Trump will deliver the fear, lies and distortions. Kochtopus will pay for them. Who says you can't buy and election?