Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Koch Fiend

In the immortal words of Flounder: Oh boy is this great.

The Huffington Post: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Gets Punk'd by Journalist Pretending to be David Koch/2.23.11

The salient quote from Walker to "David Koch", involving a potential trick that might act as an end-game:

"An interesting idea that was brought up to me by my chief of staff, we won't do it until tomorrow, is putting out an appeal to the Democratic leader. I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders--talk, not negotiate and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn--but I'll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly. They can recess it... the reason for that, we're verifying it this afternoon, legally, we believe, once they've gone into session, they don't physically have to be there. If they're actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they'd have quorum because it's turned out that way."

That plus "David Koch" calling Mika Brzezinski a "real piece of ass" -- and Walker agreeing -- make this all kinds of entertaining. Not necessarily any sort of bombshell, but damn entertaining.

(Adding: Important to remember that the Beast was founded by Matt Taibbi, hence the level of misanthropic gonzo journalism on display in this little stunt.)


Anonymous said...

When a guy who is accused of being a tool of a rich out of stater is actually revealed to be just that it certainly should be a bombshell. But it probably won't for depressingly predictable reasons. Perhaps if it involved faux pimps instead of a real whore.

Steven D Skelton said...

Not only is this not a bombshell, it's a complete dud.

Admittedly, it shows a tremendous amount of cleverness to get the governor on the phone pretending to be this Koch fella. However...

1. It's kind of hard now to say this governor is a tool of Kochs when he doesn't even recognize Koch's voice.

2. The caller planted land mine after land mine and couldn't get the governor to step on any of them. Agreeing that Mika has a nice ass is nothing. If he could have got the governor to say it...then there would be something to it.

Chez said...

Well, he did admit to considering planting "troublemakers" within the protesters and he copped to a really underhanded trick to get the better of the Democrats -- but overall it's not the biggest deal in the world. It just makes him look mildly foolish --- which he did anyway.

Steven D Skelton said...

It's hard enough to be held accountable for the bad things you do. I would hate to be held responsible for the bad things I didn't do, but thought of.

Just last night, I thought of banging the girl dancing on the bar of my local tavern. Decided it was a bad being married and all. I even told my drinking buddy about it.

Hope he wasn't taping.

Alex said...

Except, Steven, that the shitty things you do or don't do are between you and in that case your wife. The deplorable things Scott Walker considers and does or doesn't act on, effect an entire state of people. So revealing that his is in fact kind of a piece of shit might make some Wisconsin residents think again about the vote they gave him.

Mart said...

The tell for me was Walker never mentioned the budget "crisis", just the "cause" to bust the unions. The same unions that have agreed to the cuts he proposed (right after he slashed corporate tax rates by about the amount he wants extracted from Gov employees). It is union busting they want. They have nearly wiped out private sector unions and now want to blow up the public sector unions.

Same as destroying Acorn, their goals are deflate the number of poor and middle class mostly Dem voters going to the polls. The attacks are very well organized and financed. Public union busting was to roll out nationwide with the new tide of Rep governors. Seems the push-back by the good people of WI has slowed them down a bit.

teach said...

If I wasn't 17 years into my career as a teacher I might find this amusing. Yes, I teach in Wisconsin. Scott Walker doesn't care about the budget. Scott Walker wants to break the union, end of story. Everyone I've talked to agrees that we can make concessions, but we don't want our right to collectively bargain taken away. On the outside we may look like whiny babies, but let me assure you this is no joke to us. In a district bordering the one I work in, the School Administrator came in last Friday, addressed his assembled teachers and told them "if this budget repair bill passes, you are all down to base pay, if you don't like it, find another job." If you like numbers, that would turn my take home from $54,000 down to $27,000. I guess I whine from time to time, but a 50% pay cut after 17 years of service seems a bit unfair.

If anyone is interested I can supply more first-hand observations from the Wisconsin Battleground.