his master’s voice? well, no….

Wisconsin Governor takes call from prankster posing as a Koch brother

From Buffalo Beast – the link now appears to be down, presumably because of the traffic

Read about it on Salon

‘David Koch’: “We’ll back you any way we can. What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.”

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: “You know, well, the only problem with that – because we thought about that…..”.


‘Koch’: “You’re the first domino….”

Walker: “Yep. This is our moment….”

‘Koch’: “Now what else could we do for you down there?”

Walker: “Well the biggest thing would be – and your guy on the ground is probably seeing this…..”


‘Koch’: [Laughs] “Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.”

Walker: “All right, that would be outstanding.”

Read all about it at Buffalo Beast


Ezra Klein: “….if the transcript of the conversation is unexceptional, the fact of it is lethal. The state’s Democratic senators can’t get Walker on the phone, but someone can call the governor’s front desk, identify themselves as David Koch, and then speak with both the governor and his chief of staff? That’s where you see the access and power that major corporations and wealthy contributors will have in a Walker administration, and why so many in Wisconsin are reluctant to see the only major interest group representing workers taken out of the game.

The critique many conservatives have made of public-sector unions is that they both negotiate with and fund politicians. It’s a conflict of interest. Well, so too do corporations, and wealthy individuals. That’s why Murphy – posing as Koch – was able to get through to Walker so quickly. And it shows what Walker is really interested in here: He is not opposed, in principle, to powerful interest groups having the ear of the politicians they depend on, and who depend on them. He just wants those interest groups to be the conservative interest groups that fund him, and that he depends on.


“The governor takes many calls everyday,” Walker’s spokesman, Cullen Werwie, said in a statement. “Throughout this call the governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. The phone call shows that the governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having.”

11 Responses to “his master’s voice? well, no….”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    February 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Chip! I just sat down at my desk to make a call and saw this pop into my inbox. I clicked on both Buffalo Beast links you provided in the post and it took me to this url: “http://www.buffalobeast.com/wp-admin/install.php” (note the “install” sub-directory) and I got this error message:

    “Page not found

    The page you are looking for might have been removed,
    had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

    Please try the following:
    If you typed the page address in the Address bar, make sure that it is spelled correctly.

    – Click the Back button in your browser to try another link.
    – Use a search engine like Google to look for information on the Internet.

    HTTP 404 – File not found”

    Just FYI. Maybe it’s just me? I’m using a Mac.

    Big hug!

    • February 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Hachikōooooooo! Thanks so much for letting me know, I just put a note on the post to say the Buffalo Beast site is now down. As I said, I hope it’s because of the traffic. This is their YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBeastvideos

      Hope all’s good with ya!

      • 3 Hachikō
        February 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        Hey luv. I was listening to the video before the breaking news about DOMA came on the tv. What a disgusting bastard that Walker is. OMG. This is how these people are. This is how they think. I hope the revelations in that call enrage even more people in Wisconsin and across the country, and Americans finally wake up to the rightwing agenda.

        Wake Up America!

        • February 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

          Hiya you! I’m clinging to the hope – and maybe I’m just being hopelessly naive – that this prank will open eyes and make people see Walker (and so many Republicans like him) for what he is: a pathetic Koch stooge. It’s just extraordinary how deferential he was to ‘Koch’ on the call. This is democracy?!?!?

  2. 5 Hachikō
    February 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Holy crap! The Prez and Eric Holder will no longer defend DOMA! Turn on your tv! OMG! This is a big f****ing deal!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 8 sly
    February 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Sounds too good to be true but Repubs are strange!!I would love to see Walker explain this mess…
    sometimes i miss Keith his special comment on this issue would have been a thing of beauty.

  4. 9 DoNoHarm
    February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    check into http://www.crooksandliars.com for the videos. two parts.

  5. 10 majii
    February 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Werwie misses the point entirely. It isn’t that Walker says the same thing in private that he says in public. It’s that Walker picks and chooses to whom he will speak. Ezra is dead on in identifying the fact that money buys access to politicians.

  6. February 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    This man is delirious if he truly believes what he is saying; but to me he sounds like he is trying to convince his boss he has everything under control. He was spinning like crazy. He revealed his hand in my opinion. He really can’t do anything until the 14 senators are back which is why is so vindictive to get them there. My goodness he is using firing people as a bargining chip. The Unions should run ads with nothing but clips of what he said. Please please let the 14 senators hang in there. We should encourage their constituents to encourage them to encourage the senators to stay away.

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