In what is being described by the left as “one of the greatest gonzo pranks of all-time“, Buffalo Beast editor Ian Murphy called up Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, pretending to be billionaire, and latest bete noir of lefty progs, David Koch.
I’m sure this isn’t the big scoop and expose he was hoping it would be. The Governor is the same guy off camera as he is on camera. Sure he gives away his entire negotiating strategy, but if your negotiating strategy is you’re not negotiating – I don’t think that’s a huge deal.
He believes his cause is a just cause, and one supported by the majority in his state.
“If they think I’m caving, they’ve been asleep for the last eight years, because I’ve taken on every major battle in Milwaukee County, and won in a county even where I’m overwhelmingly overpowered politically. And it’s because we don’t budge. If you’re doing the right thing, you stay firm.”
That is a big deal.
I’m surprised they released the videos because Walker comes of quite well, actually, Murphy, eh- not so much – his Koch is a buffoonish caricature of what a lefty would imagine a Koch brother to be like. The polite Walker finds himself changing the subject a lot.
It’s a 20 minute conversation in two parts:
Watch part two, here.
The left is making hay of the fact that the Governor didn’t react to some of the fictitious Koch’s more outrageous statements, like “we sent Breitbart down there” (to Madison), and “Gotta crush those unions”…
Phillip Klein at the American Spectator doesn’t see a problem:
“Throughout the call, fake Koch makes a series of bizarre and over-the-top comments such as ‘gotta crush that union,’ but Walker generally either changes the subject or treats the remarks politely without cosigning them, as a host or guest would do with a crazy caller on talk radio or C-SPAN.”
Pretty funny on the second video – after Walker says, “let them protest all they want…sooner or later the media stops finding it interesting”, Murphy says, “But not those bastards at MSNBC”, and Walker replies, “Yeah, but who watches that?” LOL.
My respect and admiration for the Governor just skyrocketed.
Exit question: If the Governor is a Koch puppet, why did he have to explain everything he’s doing in Wisconsin to the fake David Koch?
John Hinderaker at Powerline is thinking what I’ve been thinking:
Almost overnight, Koch Enterprises went from being one of the most successful and respected companies in America to the focus of a concentrated campaign of hate, the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite a while. Maybe someday history will record where the meeting was held, what rationale was advanced for trying to demonize the Koch brothers, and what the vote was on the motion. Maybe someday we will find out who sent the memo to left-wing news outlets like the New York Times, giving them their new assignment. For now, we can only observe that the Left’s campaign against the Kochs is suddenly a top priority.
Yeah, no kidding. Could they make it any more obvious that they’re employing Rule #13, here?
Be sure to check out the chart Hinderaker posts from Open Secrets on who the big political donors are. (Hint: Only one out of the top 20 gives primarily to Repubs 67%, Koch’s aren’t even close to being in the top 20, unions dominate, giving overwhelmingly to Dems).
Aren’t progressives cute?
They still think people don’t notice their ham-handed Alinsky tactics.
Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!