I don’t often pay attention to anything “reported” in the Washington Times, but a piece by S.A. Miller popped up on the aggregator with such a weird headline that I just had to explore it: “So that’s it! Attacks on Koch brothers led to Dems’ midterm disaster, officials say.” Stranger yet, the “officials” in question were attendees at the annual meeting of the DNC “where state officials from across the country mulled what went wrong in 2014.”

As the author of a book about the midterm elections, I just had to get to the bottom of this interesting claim. Did voters across the land march to the polls to vote Republican in order to protest the dastardly attacks on the highly patriotic and philanthropic Bros? Is that what Dems were telling Miller?

Well, no, of course not. Miller trolls the crowd at a DNC meeting and gets two or three attendees to allow as how attacks on the Kochs didn’t work electoral magic. No kidding!

Trouble is, of course, that many of Miller’s readers have been previously told that the outcome of the midterms were determined by the horrendous failure of Obamacare, or the assault on civil liberties being conducted by Lois Lerner, or the treason committed at Benghazi!, or the ongoing suppression of religious freedom, or the expansion of entitlements and freeloading crushing the bank accounts of good virtuous people, or the inflationary binge being undertaken by the Fed, or the craven surrender at home and abroad to Muslims, etc. etc. After all that, they’re supposed to believe Democrats might have held onto the Senate if they’d just left the poor, innocent, public-spirited Kochs alone?

It’s confusing to be a conservative these days.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.