Let's Count the Ways that the Democrats' Anti-Koch Message Failed Them

Democrats spent millions to link Republicans to their donors. What does it mean that the Republicans won?

Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley thanks supporters during his concession speech November 4, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley is the official gump of the midterms. Every election recap of length includes at least one intra-Democrat dig at Braley, a congressman elected in the 2006 wave who seemed, initially, like a safe bet to inherit Tom Harkin's old Senate desk. Every recap recalls that he not only mocked incoming Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley as "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" (Judiciary has never been chaired by a non-lawyer), but that a donor who I can only assume was named Ignatius J. Reilly—a Braley supporter!—thought this barb was worth uploading to YouTube.

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