Charles Koch absolutely fascinates me. Since I wrote a column about how his daughter is spending some of his money, I have been paying more attention to the guy. The billionaire and his brother have been playing king-maker in the Republican Party since the Citizen’s United decision was handed down by the Supreme Court allowing for the donation of limitless sums of money to political campaigns.
He is perceived to be an uber-conservative, and yet I found a really interesting op-ed he penned this past February entitled: “This is the one issue where Bernie Sanders is right.” Wow, the guy — who for most represents the ultimate capitalist — agreeing with a self-defined socialist? Yep, Google Charles Koch and check out the piece — he is feeling the Bern. Well, maybe a mini Bern.
And, in Salon this week there is an item comparing Koch to Tyrion Lannister of the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones".
I am a sucker for most any kind of “costumer” movie or series, so I am in my own brand of heaven with the return of “Game of Thrones.” Did you see the season premiere this past Sunday night? Not wanting to spoil it for those of you that have not seen it, let me just say that it picks up with the characters we love and hate, the intrigue and, yes, the violence as the mega fantasy game of Risk — who will conquer the world? — continues to play out.
So, I was particularly intrigued by the title of the recent Salon piece: "Charles Koch Goes Full Tyrion Lannister; His Threat to Back Hillary Clinton Hints at the Brothers’ Devious Game of Thrones".
Ooh, ooh, ooh! Presidential politics butting heads with one of my favorite cable series; does it get any better than this?
Koch suggested this past weekend that he and his brother might just throw their support behind Hillary for president. Say what? Yes, that is what he said and the “tweet-osphere” went nuts. Was it an idle jest, frustration with the Republican candidates still left standing or something much more devious and ingenious? Is he channeling the diminutive in stature but giant in political savvy, Tyrion Lannister?
Questions raised in Andrew O’Hehir’s piece are fascinating. Is Koch flexing his financial muscles hoping to create a bit of fear within the Republican Party or is it a “false-flag” attack on Hillary aiming to boost Bernie’s bid? Or could it really be, in true "Game of Thrones" style, an alliance forming between foes a la Tryion (the Koch brothers) and Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons (Hillary) to jointly rule the Seven Kingdoms?
I apologize to those of you unfamiliar with the Game of Throne’s characters. You really should join the millions addicted to the series; it is really good!
But, for this fan who loves the Starks, loves/hates the Lannisters, despises the Boltons, is amazed and enchanted by the Mother of Dragons, and am both fascinated and stymied by the current presidential campaigns; finding a link, tenuous though it may be, between the two was just too good not to write about. Let me know if you agree.