Republicans are mad at Senate Majority Harry Reid - again.
Both Kansas senators took to the Senate floor Thursday to hit back against the Nevada Democrat for saying that the Kansas-based Koch brothers are "un-American."
"Yesterday two prominent citizens were called unpatriotic merely because they have engaged, legally I must say, in their First Amendment right to participate in the political process," said Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, reports The Daily Caller.
"I was saddened, I was dismayed, I was discouraged to see the floor of the Senate used as a venue for such campaign-related attacks", said Roberts, who called Democrats' focus on the Kochs' political spending "all part of a coordinated plan" and an "abuse of power."
Kansas's other senator, Republican Jerry Moran, made similar condemnatory remarks in a Senate floor speech.
In two Senate floor speeches on Wednesday, Reid lashed out at Charles and David Koch, the primary owners of Koch Industries, which is based in Wichita, Kansas.
"Despite all that good news [of Obamacare], there's plenty of horror stories being told. All are untrue, but they're being told all over America," said Reid in his first floor speech on Wednesday.
Over at Commentary, conservative scholar Peter Wehner contends Democrats should denounce Reid's comments, as Republicans were asked to do after conservative rocker Ted Nugent made virulently anti-Barack Obama statements.
"Harry Reid is probably not the person who should be preaching against dishonesty, given his smear of Mitt Romney in 2012," Wehner wrote. "Just the other day Reid accused Americans who say they've been harmed by the Affordable Care Act of being liars. And let's not forget that Reid insisted the surge in Iraq was failing long after it was clear it was succeeding, leading one to reasonably conclude that Reid was intentionally trying to undermine the chances of an American success in the Iraq war."
"So he's a loathsome figure to be sure. But even by Mr. Reid's standards, what he did yesterday was fairly extraordinary: A majority leader of the United States Senate falsely accused two private citizens of being 'un-American.'"
Via The Daily Caller and Commentary.