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Posted at 8:07 PM ET, 02/23/2011

The blogger behind the Scott Walker prank call

By Peter Wallsten

Who was behind the prank phone call that resulted in a 20-minute recorded conversation with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and a controversy that erupted Wednesday on the Web?

Meet Ian Murphy, 33, of Buffalo, who writes for a site called BuffaloBeast.com and on Tuesday purported to be conservative activist David Koch in an effort to provoke Walker into making embarrassing remarks.

Murphy, who describes his politics as "extreme left wing," said in an interview that he was stunned at how easily he was patched through to Walker. Initially, he said he was connected to an administrative assistant, who then connected him with another senior aide, who arranged a time Tuesday afternoon for the conversation.

"I joked with [the aide] that my maid Maria threw my phone in the washing machine, and that I'd have her deported but she works for almost nothing," Murphy said. "So I told them it wasn't really possible for them to call me back and I better call him."

"I thought it was so ridiculous, and there was no way I would get through," he said. But when he called back at the appointed time, "I got right through to Governor Walker."

Murphy said he conducted the interview from his house that he said he shares with his girlfriend and a roommate, using Skype to record it.

Murphy said he was acting alone in plotting the prank. He said he initially thought about calling in as former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, to wish Walker well, but after reviewing YouTube videos, he decided he could not master the accent.

The blogger opted instead for Koch, the wealthy conservative donor and favorite target of liberal activists who have portrayed Koch and his brother Charles as major funders of tea-party activities. Murphy said Walker did not say much in private that he had not said in public, though Murphy was pleased that the governor did acknowledge having thought about planting decoy demonstrators among the union activists.

"We'll back you any way we can," Murphy told Walker during the call, deepening his voice to sound like Koch. "But what we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers."

Walker replied: "We thought about that," but went on to explain that violence or other disruptions might be counterproductive.

Murphy published the recording on his blog's Web site, but as news circulated his server could not handle the traffic - and the site crashed.

Walker's office issued a statement Wednesday, saying that, through the call, Walker "maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. ... 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."

By Peter Wallsten  | February 23, 2011; 8:07 PM ET
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Sure does prove what a dangerous piece of S??? that Gov. Walker is. He is willing to do anything to get his way and the fact that he has put out some orders to the national guard shows he intends to use violence. Wake up people after this he may decide he does not like your church or your school and if so look out you will now be the new enemy.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | February 25, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what kind of relationship the governor has with Koch, but does anyone else find it odd that this guy was granted a 20-minute private audience with the governor?

What was actually said is infinitely less important than the fact that he believed he was talking to David Koch.

A couple of questions for Walker supporters: Do any of you believe you can pick up the phone and talk to the governor? And if you do believe it, how long have you been off your meds?

If George Soros was granted a private conversation with a Democratic governor, conservative heads would explode,

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | February 24, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Go get 'em slugger, reload, exercise some Second Amendment rights and shoot them in the head. Empty the clip with live ammo!


Murphy: Bring a baseball bat. That’s what I’d do.

Walker: I have one in my office; you’d be happy with that. I got a Slugger with my name on it.

Murphy: Beautiful.

Posted by: areyousaying | February 24, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Something readers won't find in the Post:

"…While Alinsky might agree that we gotta take the bastards down, he surely would have pointed out that we gotta be flexible and subtle in the way we go about it. The prank call to Gov. Scott Walker is the sort of humorous tactic of which Alinsky might have approved, but as Charles Sykes of Milwaukee's WTMJ-AM reports, the caller, Ian Murphy, had his "last great brush with fame" when he wrote an article titled "F--- the Troops":

‘So, 4000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo f---king hoo. They got what they asked for--and cool robotic limbs, too... Likely, just reading the above paragraph made you uncomfortable But why?
The benevolence of America's "troops" is sacrosanct. Questioning their rectitude simply isn't done. It's the forbidden zone. We may rail against this tragic war, but our soldiers are lauded by all as saints. Why? They volunteered to partake in this savage idiocy, and for this they deserve our utmost respect? I think not.’" --Ian Murphy

The question is: Does Murphy hate Gov. Walker more than he hates our troops?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703408604576164391424480436.html?mod=djemBestOfTheWeb_h

Posted by: ChesDead | February 24, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

All this continues to prove that people are not yet mature enough to handle this modern day communicating

Posted by: peep1935 | February 24, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Pfft, these types of schemes are only acceptable when perpetrated on Acorn or Planned Parenthood, not on decent hard working Americans (Republicans)....

Posted by: ozpunk | February 24, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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One might also say these tactics are welcomed when they uncover actual proof of malfeasance, as they did with the ACORN and Planned Parenthood stings. But, Murphy failed. Walker didn't take the bait. He didn't reveal anything that the good people of Wisconsin didn't already know when they voted for him and the GOP assembly three months ago.

Results matter.

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Again nice try.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got pranked by a blogger posing as conservative billionaire David Koch. In the lengthy phone call, which was recorded and posted on YouTube, Walker reveals quite a bit about his mindset which seems more anti-union and more anti-Democratic than anti-deficit. Walker even revealed that he had thought of planting some troublemakers in the protesting crowds but had rejected the idea as impractical and not useful - not as wrong. So what's an embarrassed conservative to do? Go on Fox News for some Republican Rehab.

Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, funneling $43,000 over the course of last year. In return, Koch front groups are closely guiding the Walker agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council, another Koch-funded group, advised Walker and the GOP legislature on its anti-labor legislation and its first corporate tax cuts."

Wisconsin had a surplus, and as soon as he was sworn in, he gave it away to special interests in order to put the state into deficit. Is it a coincidence that every Republican governor is suddenly going after the unions and the pensions?

As Mr.Burns says on The Simpsons - Or in this case Mr, Koch says,

"Execellent".

Posted by: sherardg | February 24, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

All this proves is that Walker doesn't even know Koch much less kowtow to him, as Walker does not even recognise the fake Koch voice. It also shows that Walker needs to tighten up the quality of his staff work, nothing more no matter what the left wants to try to gin up.

Posted by: JustaFarmer | February 24, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse
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Really? So why would Walker disclose his strategy in the middle of a huge crisis to someone he didn't know he was talking to?

Its completely obvious he met the Koch brothers, acknowledged their indivdual $43K donation to Walker, and felt obligated to take the call.

Farmers don't spin.

Posted by: gregnowell | February 24, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

All this proves is that Walker doesn't even know Koch much less kowtow to him, as Walker does not even recognise the fake Koch voice. It also shows that Walker needs to tighten up the quality of his staff work, nothing more no matter what the left wants to try to gin up.

Posted by: JustaFarmer | February 24, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse
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Really? So why would Walker disclose his strategy in the middle of a huge crisis to someone he didn't know he was talking to?

Its completely obvious he met the Koch brothers, acknowledged their indivdual $43K donation to Walker, and fely obligated to take the call.

Farmers don't spin.

Posted by: gregnowell | February 24, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

All this proves is that Walker doesn't even know Koch much less kowtow to him, as Walker does not even recognise the fake Koch voice. It also shows that Walker needs to tighten up the quality of his staff work, nothing more no matter what the left wants to try to gin up.

Posted by: JustaFarmer | February 24, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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Haa, haaa, haaa.

That's a good one.

That fool was punked.

Looks like Scott Walker's prank phone call may end up getting him in some trouble with their Government Accountability Board and his remarks about bringing in agent provocateurs to cause trouble at the rallies isn't sitting too well with the voters. It looks like the tactics being used by these Koch brother teabaggers are finally coming back to bit them.
Remember Brietbart, Shirley Sherrod and Acorn and Planned Parenthood?
Well what goes around, comes around?

The Republican Party and the Tea Party has launched an all-out war on government and public-sector union members.

And there you have it. It’s all about power. Of all the top contributors to political parties, the first five biggest are right wing, and the last two are Union. You do the math.

Posted by: sherardg | February 24, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Pfft, these types of schemes are only acceptable when perpetrated on Acorn or Planned Parenthood, not on decent hard working Americans (Republicans)....

Posted by: ozpunk | February 24, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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One might also say these tactics are welcomed when they uncover actual proof of malfeasance, as they did with the ACORN and Planned Parenthood stings. But, Murphy failed. Walker didn't take the bait. He didn't reveal anything that the good people of Wisconsin didn't already know when they voted for him and the GOP assembly three months ago.

Results matter.

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 24, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the Governor took the call personally when he refuses to talk to real people directly is The Main Point here.

Money talks, even if the promise of it is sometimes bogus.

Posted by: Spectator | February 24, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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And I guess you see no problem with the 14 Democratic members of the Assembly leaving the state rather than attending the session and voting on the issue? Did Democrats not squander their time (and the Governor's) during the three or four days of the assembly session that they skipped? Wasn't that the time for negotiation? Was the Governor supposed to welcome them back to their state with open arms whilst getting their coffee and printing out their Talking Points Bulletins?

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 24, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Pfft, these types of schemes are only acceptable when perpetrated on Acorn or Planned Parenthood, not on decent hard working Americans (Republicans)....

Posted by: ozpunk | February 24, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

murph the surf - still picking off ignoramuses after all these years .

republicans had their first special ed president, the first Alzheimer president, the best crook of them all Nixon and their bar is set so low that they lick the dumbest woman in politics's face _palin you are my hero- the best thing that the democratic party has had going for it since Alfred E. Bush 2.

Posted by: rpruddy | February 24, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Pfft, these types of schemes are only acceptable when perpetrated on Acorn or Planned Parenthood, not on decent hard working Americans (Republicans)....

Posted by: ozpunk | February 24, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the Governor took the call personally when he refuses to talk to real people directly is The Main Point here.

Money talks, even if the promise of it is sometimes bogus.

Posted by: Spectator | February 24, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Nationwide rally this Saturday pits the middle class and working poor against the rich.

My money's with the middle class and poor folks. They work harder and fight harder. Besides, the rich aren't likely to get involved in a street fight which is what this issue has boiled down to.

Posted by: gregnowell | February 24, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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Yeah... a buncha lazy layabouts are gonna separate the rich from their money.

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 24, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Liberals, do they have it in their blood the ability to grow-up?

Posted by: LibsRLostInSpace | February 24, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Nationwide rally this Saturday pits the middle class and working poor against the rich.

My money's with the middle class and poor folks. They work harder and fight harder. Besides, the rich aren't likely to get involved in a street fight which is what this issue has boiled down to.

Posted by: gregnowell | February 24, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

This you call news?

Posted by: joshlct | February 24, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

When the majority of us make 20 bucks a day maybe then we will have the balls for a general strike.

Posted by: austininc444 | February 24, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Libtards celebrating this high-school prank like its some big accomplishment.What a bunch of tools.LMAO

Posted by: insaneinthemembrain | February 24, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Well Ian Murphy, it looks like your 15 minutes of fame are about up. time to go back "blogging" from your mother's house on the East Side of Buffalo and hanging with your unwashed and unshaved girlfriend.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 24, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

All this proves is that Walker doesn't even know Koch much less kowtow to him, as Walker does not even recognise the fake Koch voice. It also shows that Walker needs to tighten up the quality of his staff work, nothing more no matter what the left wants to try to gin up.

Posted by: JustaFarmer | February 24, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

If Walker is Union busting, good for him. I am tired of paying their salaries, which their dues go to support the liberals and progressives which I do not support.

Posted by: KevinH3 | February 24, 2011 7:49 AM
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So if he busts the Union does that mean that the public workers will no longer get your tax dollars? Does that mean that the workers will then send their contributions to the republicans?

So you are tired of paying their salaries are you also tied of using the services that they provide?

Posted by: justonevoice | February 24, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

What they have traced so far is that Obama contacted Van Jones to arrange through George Soros financing to contract this far-left terrorist organization to do the impersonation.

Posted by: panola60 | February 24, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I read the transcript. I'm sure it is embarrassing for Scott Walker. The impersonator makes the harsh and vulgar comments, Walker pretty much stayed on point but I would imagine his relationship with Tim Cullen is probably toast. I would also guess Tim Cullen isn't happy with the prank, either. In the end, Walker didn't really say anything that one would not have expected.

Anyone who has ever had to listen to a recording of one of his/her own informal conversations (or read a transcript) knows how banal most conversations are. People make comments and nod their heads to keep the conversation going even if they don't necessarily agree with what the other party is saying.

If I were David Koch, I would not be happy with the portrayal by the imposter. The staffers that let the call go through without verification should be fired.

Posted by: gardedgarton | February 24, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the governor was fooled by the call suggests he probably does not have that close a relationship with the important donor. The fact that the governor smoozed with someone he thought was an important donor is hardly surprising. I am sure there are many conversations involved in union fundraising that would be embarrassing to the participants if made public.

Posted by: dnjake | February 24, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Inside of firing at the messenger why not focus on the message - our government leaders are bought and paid for by industries, there are backdoor deals selling America to corporate "Buddies", Republican party have no clue how to create jobs - they just know how to take us back to the industrial age with death causing air and water pollutions and slashing everything in their path, all for the benefit of their corporate "Buddies". The WI governor is a crook, along with his Republican backers. It is Black and White. Why is this not front page news?

Posted by: removeinfo1 | February 24, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Inside of firing at the messenger why not focus on the message - our government leaders are bought and paid for by industries, there are backdoor deals selling America to corporate "Buddies", Republican party have no clue how to create jobs - they just know how to take us back to the industrial age with death causing air and water pollutions and slashing everything in their path, all for the benefit of their corporate "Buddies". The WI governor is a crook, along with his Republican backers. It is Black and White. Why is this not front page news?

Posted by: removeinfo1 | February 24, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Good for Scott!! That phone call showed that Scott is honorable and upstanding, but I would have expected that. Poor Murphy must have been so disappointed--I'd hate to have heard his language after he hung up.

Posted by: coffic | February 24, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Inside of firing at the messenger why not focus on the message - our government leaders are bought and paid for by industries, there are backdoor deals selling America to corporate "Buddies", Republican party have no clue how to create jobs - they just know how to take us back to the industrial age with death causing air and water pollutions and slashing everything in their path. The WI governor is a crook, along with his Republican backers. It is Black and White.

Posted by: removeinfo1 | February 24, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I take it no one here is concerned with the illegal taping of a conversation. If a democrat was secretly taped you would be screaming foul and invoking the ACLU.

Posted by: recon2037 | February 24, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

One can only wonder what the Republicans reactions would be if that had been Pres. Obama talking to one of his "rich" benefactors...

Posted by: bander2400

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Do you mean the unions?

They meet in person on a weekly basis.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 24, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

One can only wonder what the Republicans reactions would be if that had been Pres. Obama talking to one of his "rich" benefactors. Let's see...treason...ethical violations....impeachment....tar and feather him and drive him out of town. The pimp/prostitute Walker does it, and, so, what. The mainstream media just glosses over it. If Obama does something like that, big front page headlines and 24/7 coverage.

The mainstream media has focused so little on what's happening around the country with regard to unions, and much more on people fighting for democracy and rights in other countries. Why? Because we have our own dictators right here in the form of Walker, Christie, that man in Indiana, that man in Ohio, and other states where tea party candidates won. Objects in the mirror are closer than they seem.

Unfortunately, some of the protesters voted for some of these wingnuts and now are paying the price.

Posted by: bander2400 | February 24, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

It might of been a prank call but it proved that his main objective is him and the special interest that he represents. It also proved that he is a liar and a cheat just like the rest of his party. I think that the people of Wisconsin should start the impeachment process right now. That way the recall will be ready when his first years up...! Thanks a MILLION$ Koch!!!

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | February 24, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse


A lot of people are taking some big leaps of logic in an attempt to protect their idea of unions, but the fact is that Wisconsin is broke and needs to do something. Like FDR said, to have unions negotiate with legislators who depend on the unions for campaign contributions is a clear conflict of interest.

It's time for our government to start living within OUR means, and to figure out the best direction to take for a prosperous future.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 24, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I hear that giant sucking sound as the money leaves my bank account to pay for government employees who have a much better pension than I do.

Posted by: hipshot
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The noise of the giant sucking sound as money leaves ALL of our bank accounts is truly deafening.

And it will be for years to come.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 24, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I suggest that Walker can help the budget battle by axing the aide who did not vett the caller. Dumb and Dumber was not simply a movie, but surely represents the political class in America.

Posted by: nmauriello | February 24, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Trickery, lies, chaos, anarchy, threats, fist clenching, and oh yeah, more sleezy dishonesty..... Yawn!

America has finally wised up when it comes to the Progressive/Democrat agenda....the extreme far left are a minority - and they must use trickery and smoke and mirrors to appear larger and signficant.

Isn't this the same guy who wrote a blog about "F..k our troops" ??

Posted by: StopGovtBondage | February 24, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"But what we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers."

Walker replied: "We thought about that," but went on to explain that violence or other disruptions might be counterproductive.
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So Gov. Walker 'though about' planting 'trouble makers' in a peaceful demonstration to make things more violent?

Does anyone one else see this as a problem?

Posted by: jayjordan | February 24, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I really dislike these sort of tactics, whether it's this or with that dopey pimpcam on ACORN.

Posted by: nuzuw | February 24, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Besides being unethical I believe Walker has limited intellectual skills. Perhaps brain damaged but those with actual brain damage function at a higher level.
I hope you people in Wisconsin and the rest of the country learn your lesson about putting Tea Party Republican Zealots into office. They will take you back to the '30s where you worked for minimum wage, horrific conditions, child labor and more. They care nothing about a unified society but each man for himself by hook or by CROOK.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | February 24, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

70% of Wisconsin 8th graders can't read this comment. Thank the teachers and the union!!!

Socialist liberals are glorifying Ian Walker the LIAR. When you can't get anything fairly, you just go out and break laws and lie. You socialists are all anarchists. You get what you deserve.

Posted by: jim000122 | February 24, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I guess it's more fun to make prank calls than to actually get out and vote.

What a loser!

Posted by: corco02az | February 24, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

And with Angie's post, the transmogrification of the liberal message is complete. Governor Walker's policy is bad for Wisconsin.... Governor Walker's own policies are causing the deficit.... Governor Walker only wants to bust the unions.... Now, it's the father of the conservative money-man guy who the liberal activist pretended to be was really bad because he joined an ultra conservative movement in the 1950's the predicted Communist takeover of America if we dropped our vigilance. Then, 50 years come and go and voila... the ultra-radical John Birch Society plot is almost complete.

Angie, good luck with the next conspiracy theory. Perhaps you ought to investigate (or have the New Yorker do it for you) the obvious ties between the hair plug industry and Rush Limbaugh and the financing of Marco Rubio's campaign. Or better yet, go fling poo in the general direction of Chris Christie to see if we can discredit the austerity movement as something that big corporate monied interests are directing from the dungeon of the Stonemasons' Lodge.

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 24, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Like listening to an office boy talking to his boss,,

Posted by: schmidt1 | February 24, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party got in bed with these folks - and for the past 2 years CPAC has been sponsored by the John Birch Society that the GOP threw OUT of the party decades ago because of their farrrr right extremism.....

>>>In 1958, Fred Koch became one of the original members of the John Birch Society, the arch-conservative group known, in part, for a highly skeptical view of governance and for spreading fears of a Communist takeover. Members considered President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be a Communist agent. In a self-published broadside, Koch claimed that “the Communists have infiltrated both the Democrat and Republican Parties.”
He wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement. “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” he warned.
Welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks to cities, where they would foment “a vicious race war.”
In a 1963 speech that prefigures the Tea Party’s talk of a secret socialist plot, Koch predicted that Communists would “infiltrate the highest offices of government in the U.S. until the President is a Communist, unknown to the rest of us.”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

Posted by: angie12106 | February 24, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The tape was revealing in a few things.

The Governor thought about planting "troublemakers" - if you're convinced your position is valid why would you ever think about "troublemakers" - strange.

Tricking legislators to get them to return - childish and unprofessional.

Anyone can lie and be put through to the governor. Security, oh security.

Taking a trip to California - excuse me that's against your laws governor.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 24, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"In the end of course this is all just smoke and mirrors, a red herring, to distract from a lack of real work on CREATING jobs."

So Tarryh... how long has Walker been in office and how long has the GOP Legislature been in control? C'mon, it takes more than a month to create jobs. And, those measures that have been enacted are now decried by you as causing the current fiscal crisis - you know, all those tax breaks to big bad corporations intended to spur them to make more hires. Can't have it both ways. I think you're doing a great job of staying on target with the Talking Points, but at the end of the day you really don't bring a very cohesive message to the table.

Plus, Wisconsin's voters won't be taking away what they gaveth anytime soon. Next elections for the Assembly aren't until 2012. Walker won't be up until 2014. Too early to call. But clearly Dems are feeling pressure. What if the GOP austerity works? Egad....

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 24, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

A non-partisan budget analyst organization in Wisconsin has done the math and reported that the government shortfall is largely due to a package of corporate tax breaks pushed through the legislature. So, naturally, the ultra-rightist governor decided that the real bogeyman here was public employees. Next he'll be calling out the Jews.

And don't think I am kidding. The father of the two Koch brothers now bankrolling Republican governorships was a founder of the John Birch Society, the group that claimed Dwight Eisenhower was an agent of the international, Jewish-led communist conspiracy. These guys aren't just small government loving billionaires--they hold the kind of far right beliefs that so appalled William F. Buckley.

As Lenin said of Western liberals, the Kochs look at members of the Tea Party as "useful idiots."

Posted by: jhpurdy | February 24, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Linger_lead, What the voters givith in November they takith away in February. The latest Gallup shows even 44 percent of Republican are against the guv on this one. At the very least, I suspect the call which is being joked about all over Wisc according to my relatives there, does not help the guv's image.

Posted by: tarryh | February 24, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Ooooops! The text of what Mr. Walker said is bad enough but it does not capture the tone....the "A" kissy part. Many are complaining about the set up but really is it any different than Breitbart on the far right. I think not. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander! At the very least the guv has some explaining to do to his own voters..... who by 61% are against his union busting. They know there was no deficit until he created the issue.... same as Indiana. In the end of course this is all just smoke and mirrors, a red herring, to distract from a lack of real work on CREATING jobs.

Posted by: tarryh | February 24, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Scott Walker passes with aplomb. When a self-described "extreme left wing" tries to fraudulently coax Walker into making embarrassing statements, Walker doesn't take the bait. Talk about an epic fail by Mr. Murphy. Kinda sad to see how the fight has morphed from the bad idea into the bad man.

Could it be that the democratically elected Governor isn't really the big, bad boogeyman after all? Liberals are right to dislike his policy, but perhaps they have misunderestimated (thanks, W) who the Governor really is. Much harder to play ball when one side actually believes in their position and that position is the one the people elected him to take. Remember, he and the newly-elected Republican majority in the Legislature were voted in on this very platform. Think about that one again....

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 24, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

@ddaly7
Only 10% of the country at most could be Marxists, but it's about 75% of the Compost bloggers. It's becoming more believable that individuals are being paid out of a Democrat Party slush fund to sit in on blogs all day - our tax dollars at work?
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What is that, McCarthy math? You fail logic and history but what exemplary skills you possess in calculating percentages!

Obviously, you could have benefited from more tax dollars spent on education.

Posted by: SayNoToGOP | February 24, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

ddaly7, it would seem that a good translation of your above statement is in order. When you say "leftist goons" you mean anyone who doesn't view the world and America the way you see it. For the word Marxist, the same. And there are a lot more than 10 percent of Americans who don't see things in your narrow way. "Vitriolic talking points for hours on end"? Don't YOU have anything better to do with your time? Or are you paid from a Republican Party slush fund that hires true believers to monitor the comments pages of "leftist goons" or "Marxists" and then make a sad attempt to respond, as your comment above illustrates? Whatever, people like you have been around since big business busted unions (and heads) back in the Depression era. You're a mouthpiece and I hope that you're paid well for the job you're doing.

Posted by: curtb | February 24, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Neo-conservatives, normally angry, are a bit more touchy today.

Posted by: TedfromRichmond | February 24, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Unions, including those in the public sector, didn't emerge out of a vacuum: they came about because of employer abuses.

Has human nature has changed in some fundamental way that I haven't heard about?

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | February 24, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

"Thanks a million. Bye now."

Finally....The truth.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 24, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

It isn't so much what the governor said or didn't say: the fact that he was eager to take the call tells us more than his words. What are the chances of an average person getting a private audience with the governor?

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | February 24, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Don't be a Dixiecup Republican. Hit the Kochs where it hurts: stop buying their Georgia-Pacific products such as Dixie cups and plates, Brawny paper towels, Northern toilet paper, and so on. The Kochs are old and will die someday, but the evil they're buying (and that we're helping to pay for) will live on.

Posted by: raschumacher | February 24, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Just listened to the recording. Obviously, the left-wing political hacks responding on this board are assuming that most people won't bother to do just that.
Walker said nothing in the call that he hasn't said in public. And, most importantly, all of the inflammatory statements that these bloggers have attributed to Walker were made by the caller, including "those bastards" and "we have to bust those unions".

Posted by: bethg1841 | February 24, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse

All Americans agree that Money Talks and Politicians Listen!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | February 24, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

If Walker is Union busting, good for him. I am tired of paying their salaries, which their dues go to support the liberals and progressives which I do not support.

Posted by: KevinH3 | February 24, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I hear that giant sucking sound as the money leaves my bank account to pay for government employees who have a much better pension that I do.

Posted by: hipshot | February 24, 2011 7:48 AM | Report abuse


What will come next? When conservative reporters go looking for information, will liberals lie to try and get them to report incorrectly?

Posted by: hipshot | February 24, 2011 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Nice when your governor thinks you're a b*stard. I think most governors refer to their people as "citizens".

Posted by: jaxspp | February 24, 2011 7:38 AM | Report abuse


What will come next? When conservative reporters go looking for information, will liberals lie to try and get them to report incorrectly?

Posted by: hipshot | February 24, 2011 7:38 AM | Report abuse

I have never even met anyone who thinks teachers are overpaid or pampered. It's a hard low paying job. I also don't understand how Walker's tax cuts early last month don't add to their deficit problems. If his government payroll is a problem why are there so many vacancies available? (see their web site). Why cut bargaining rights only for the 2 Unions that did not endorse him? That looks a lot like what Marguette suspended him for when he was a senior (never did graduate as a result).

Posted by: wmboyd | February 24, 2011 7:37 AM | Report abuse

I have never even met anyone who thinks teachers are overpaid or pampered. It's a hard low paying job. I also don't understand how Walker's tax cuts early last month don't add to their deficit problems. If his government payroll is a problem why are there so many vacancies available? (see their web site). Why cut bargaining rights only for the 2 Unions that did not endorse him? That looks a lot like what Marguette suspended him for when he was a senior (never did graduate as a result).

Posted by: wmboyd | February 24, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I have never even met anyone who thinks teachers are overpaid or pampered. It's a hard low paying job. I also don't understand how Walker's tax cuts early last month don't add to their deficit problems. If his government payroll is a problem why are there so many vacancies available? (see their web site). Why cut bargaining rights only for the 2 Unions that did not endorse him? That looks a lot like what Marguette suspended him for when he was a senior (never did graduate as a result).

Posted by: wmboyd | February 24, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

ddaly wouldn't know a marxist from a Presbyterian. Probably took the same poly sci classes that Beck did.
If you still don't think that the Dixiecrat Republicans are nothing but stooges for the wealthy then you really aren't paying attention.

Posted by: roscym1 | February 24, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Everyone in the United States should be very worried. You have a Governor in Wisconsin telling Koch that it was his intention to break the union, and other Republican governors to follow suit.
First and foremost the government workers are teachers, firefighters, and policemen that are receiving a pittance of a paycheck already.
The middle class starting with Ronald ick Reagan is becoming the working poor. Unless you are a millionaire that receive wonderful tax cuts, you should be worried.
They target teachers because tests scores are abysmal, yet they don't take into consideration the social promotion that goes on. Children know that they are going to get promoted even if they don't do their work. I have seen it first hand because I am a teacher.
Teachers make all professions possible, and if it weren't for us there would be no doctors, lawyers or sleazy politicians.
What Walker has said, is highly unethical, immoral, and corrupt. Wisconsinites need to recall this bankrupt governor.
It is truly a sad day in America, when the rights of workers are trampled on, so big corporations can feed on the middle class.
You can see it now, what big oil is doing, it is using Libya's unrest to grease their pockets.
I blame not only the republicans for this quagmire, I blame the apathetic democrats, and independents for not voting in the mid term elections. Allowing these big money republicans to get elected. Mark my words it is going to get a lot worse, and I don't see it getting better in the foreseeable future.

Posted by: LisaLoo22 | February 24, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Having posted on these Compost blogs for a while, it amazes me how many leftist goons spew the same vitriolic talking points for hours on end. Only 10% of the country at most could be Marxists, but it's about 75% of the Compost bloggers. It's becoming more believable that individuals are being paid out of a Democrat Party slush fund to sit in on blogs all day - our tax dollars at work?

Posted by: ddaly7 | February 24, 2011 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Walker showed us all his hand and true intentions. What an arrogant little, putz. Democrats and union leaders can't get through to the governor, but the guy he thought was his puppet master billionaire benefactor gets through for a lengthy conversation, once again proving this is all about busting unions and stripping workers of bargaining rights, not budgets or benefits, which workers have already conceded. It also shows that other Republicans governors are in cahoots, planning the same stand-off in their own states. And apparently, the arrogant little governor of Wisconsin likens himself to St. Ronnie. Now that the truth is out, maybe the good folks of Wisconsin will think twice next time they set foot in a voting booth. It took some unknown reporter to expose the truth, since the MSM refuses to expose the real underlying issue- access to power and who's funding it and the billionaire's intentions of crushing the middle class by destroying what's left of the unions.

Posted by: ggwalt | February 24, 2011 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Know the old saying - Stupid is as stupid does!

And I am talking about the American people.

Why to they elect these clowns?

Posted by: bigmac1810 | February 24, 2011 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, although I disagree with most of what Governor Walker is doing, I think he comes out looking pretty good in this prank and the "extreme left wing" journalist comes off looking juvenile and kind ridiculous. The governor took a call from a constituent, good for him. Aren't people always screaming for more transparency? Then, what does the "extreme left wing" journalist do? Tries to bait the governor into a foolish statement. Sorry, but this whole thing is sophomoric.

Posted by: BruceNanasy | February 24, 2011 6:22 AM | Report abuse

DEMOCRAT ADVOCATING GETTING "BLOODY." SO MUCH FOR CIVILITY.

Sometimes it's necessary to get out on the streets and "get a little bloody," a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers' rights like those proposed in Wisconsin.

"I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going," Capuano said, according to the Statehouse News. "Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary."

BR PREPARED FOR THE UNION DEMOCRATS TO START FIGHTS.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | February 24, 2011 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised???

Our "career" politicians of BOTH political parties are just greedy!!

Why do we keep electing these type of people over and over, then expect a different results.

Yes the Koch Brothers have their own agenda ...... and it's not Democracy. They learnt from their daddy, a John Birch Society backer.

Whatever happened to the government by the people for the people??
Disappeared!!

So you still think this country is a Democracy??
I think it's a Cashrarocy!!
The best government that the money can buy!!

Posted by: bkarpus | February 24, 2011 5:08 AM | Report abuse

It's really a shame that elected Democrats, at the national level, are too stupid to seize on this, since it's a perfect example of what the current GOP is all about. I think the problem is that the current national Democrats are simply a less malignant version of their GOP counterparts--less gall, less visible spite and meanness, no spine, but every bit as much on the take from corporate deep pockets. In other words, it is not in their PERSONAL best interests to fight the creeping fascism of the GOP, so they will not do so.

Posted by: nicekid | February 24, 2011 4:56 AM | Report abuse

What is so terribly wrong here is that it is now completely clear that Walker has been bought - he is owned by Koch and the people of Wisconsin were duped again by Republican outright lies. He was simply bought - what in the heck are his parents thinking who must still be alive, the clown was bought by dirty money and sits in the highest office of the State of Wisconsin that has the highest integrity laws and standards for its public servants - the whole State was duped twice by corruption in a way only the mafia could understand - the guy was bought and held up as a model for others - some state of affairs our country is in isn't it.

Posted by: etartar | February 24, 2011 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Walker showed poor judgement. Regardless of the spin his office puts on this (e.g., "he didn't say anything new" or "he gets lots of calls") it does not look good for him. He looks like he's conspiring with right wing activists for purely ideological, not fiscal, reasons. That's what his detractors have been saying all along. Now he has handed them proof.

Posted by: Tenmile1 | February 24, 2011 4:00 AM | Report abuse

Walker sounded like someone in a business meeting who is talking to their boss.

Posted by: angie12106 | February 24, 2011 3:57 AM | Report abuse

When your billionaire sugar daddy calls, you not only better answer but you better be prepared to update him on the work you've done carrying out his goals.
Mis$ion accompli$hed!

Posted by: angie12106 | February 24, 2011 3:53 AM | Report abuse

This is just what Reagan did in California.
Nothing ever changes with the Republicans.

Posted by: 6157 | February 24, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

I almost feel sorry for the Koch Brothers for having to defend such fools after the mistake made by Walker.
I wonder what Paul Krugman's opinion is of the fake call to the Governor from the Koch brothers? Walker reveals a ton of information for the way power works in a relationship with large corporations.


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Posted by: ThomasChi | February 24, 2011 3:52 AM | Report abuse

This is just what Reagan did in California.
Nothing ever changes with the Republicans.

Posted by: 6157 | February 24, 2011 3:51 AM | Report abuse

This is just what Reagan did in California.
Nothing ever changes with the Republicans.

Posted by: 6157 | February 24, 2011 3:50 AM | Report abuse

This is just what Reagan did in California.
Nothing ever changes with the Republicans.
Stingy, narrow-minded, reactionary; no compassion whatsoever for the underpriviledged. I am 81 and I have seen this attitude all of my life.
They are in power, for the moment, but in two years, who knows?
In the USA, unfairness prevails for awhile. But, the American people will come thru for the ordinary working man eventually, as they always have. We've seen the likes of the Kochs before. They come and go and end up 6 feet under, the same as everyone else. Don't they know that? I guess not. Just tyhinmk how many hungry people their wealth could help.

Posted by: 6157 | February 24, 2011 3:46 AM | Report abuse

"When a prankster called pretending to be billionaire David Koch, Gov. Scott Walker took 20 minutes out of his packed schedule to provide an unguarded briefing on the political stand-off in Madison.

No wonder: Koch is one of the biggest financial backers of conservative causes in the country, including Walker's campaign for governor.

David Koch (pronounced "coke"), the man impersonated in the phone call to Walker, and his brother Charles control Koch Industries Inc., a privately held company with estimated revenue of $100 billion a year.

Last year, Koch Industries' political action committee contributed $43,000 to Walker, the largest donation the Republican candidate received from a corporate committee, and the group's largest gift in Wisconsin.

In addition, David Koch, executive vice president of the company, wrote a check for $1 million to the Republican Governors Association last year. Koch Industries also contributed an additional $50,000 to
the governors' group.

The Republican Governors Association spent $65,000 on ads supporting Walker and an additional $3.4 million on TV and radio spots attacking Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker's Democratic opponent."


http://www.jsonline.com/business/116745054.html

Posted by: twm1 | February 24, 2011 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Walker just proved that he is the same poorly educated student who got expelled for cheating trying to maintain his 2.0 GPA. This is a weak and stupid man.

Posted by: xclntcat | February 24, 2011 3:29 AM | Report abuse

wow, these new governors are so sophisticated and all that. how much did dude get from koc-related persons/entities? he is a pretty cheap wh0re.

Posted by: joeblow111 | February 24, 2011 3:15 AM | Report abuse

Compare all this with AFL-CIO's chief Trumka actually visiting Obama three time a week and being on the phone daily with someone else in the White House.

Posted by: suegbic1 | February 24, 2011 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Really clever liberal trick. It doesn't matter though, unions will be busted all over this country and the sooner the better.

Posted by: scg1055 | February 24, 2011 2:45 AM | Report abuse

@postfan1: Speak for yourself when it comes to living within your means, most of the American people have been doing so for the most part. It is bit their fault that government policies implemented by the republican and democrat legislatures have tipped the balance in the favor of the most fortuned members of our society. Care to know part of the reason why the Wisconsin budget is out of whack? Look at the corporate tax cut passed this January and you might find your answer.
When it comes to bloggers or unions becoming desperate, well, you are wrong again. What you see now is the same game your side deployed against Acorn, or against Shirley Sherrod.
I can assure you that everyone wants to find a path toward a prosperous future, as long as they are part of that prosperity. As it stands with todays republican party, prosperity is just for the prosperous.

Posted by: Analog | February 24, 2011 2:16 AM | Report abuse

IF WISCONSIN residents HAD any CLASS -- they would IMPEACH WALKER

Posted by: FREEDOM1202009 | February 24, 2011 1:41 AM | Report abuse

THANK GOD for the BLOGGER who EXPOSED WALKER as a UNION KILLER

Posted by: FREEDOM1202009 | February 24, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

The short version:

Koch: Good work, boy.

Walker: Thank you, Sir.

Posted by: Provasek | February 24, 2011 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of your politics, you have to admit the ease of access to the governor is pretty funny.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | February 24, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a lawyer so who knows on the ethics charges,but this I do know public opinion when people listen to this will not be good. Republican Senators will not be comfortable either when Walker's poll numbers nose dives.

Posted by: big__ez | February 24, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Shutting down public services and firing teachers is the agenda of the Republican­s and Teabaggers­. Then they can claim that public services should be privatized to the advantage of their corporate masters. What a great idea -- because privatizin­g the postal service and military has turned out to be so cost effective and efficient.

I am thrilled that Walker was exposed as the bought-and-paid-for puppet of the Koch brothers.

Posted by: eed017 | February 24, 2011 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Lesson No.1 - How to be a Guvernor: Screen your calls

Monty Python Lives!

Posted by: gregnowell | February 24, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

The unions and their blogger network are starting to seem, well, desperate.

A lot of people are taking some big leaps of logic in an attempt to protect their idea of unions, but the fact is that Wisconsin is broke and needs to do something. Also, to have unions negotiate with legislators who depend on them for campaign contributions is a clear conflict of interest.

It's time for us to start living within our means, and to figure out the best direction to take for a prosperous future.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 24, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

In results released today, a USA Today/Gallup poll says that Americans favor union bargaining rights by 61% to 33%.

Posted by: DavidH3 | February 23, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Here is a quote from the end of the WSJ article on this prank call:

Toward the end of the call, the prankster tells Walker "Once you crush these bastards, I'll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time."

Walker replies on the recording: "All right, that would be outstanding."

State ethics laws say public officials "should not accept or retain transportation, lodging, meals, food or beverage ... furnished by a lobbyist or by a lobbyist's employer." Koch Industries has seven registered lobbyists in Wisconsin.

At the end of the call, Walker thanks "Koch" for his support, chats a bit and ends the call by saying, "Thanks a million. Bye now."

Posted by: DavidH3 | February 23, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I heard the Walker hoax tape on Greta tonight. If this is the best the unions have, they had better get ready now for their upcoming wilderness years in Wisconsin.

Posted by: packard1 | February 23, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Ian Murphy will go down in history as the blogger that took down a governor. Outstanding!!!!
Read it and weep conservatives, it is over for gov. Walker.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/article_531276b6-3f6a-11e0-b288-001cc4c002e0.html

Posted by: jameschirico | February 23, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, look who got caught showing their true colors? Looks like the Republicans and the goons that fund them are in it up to their ears in trouble now that they own up to who the Gov is really working for.

The Koch boys are buying Supreme Court Judges and Governors, and I'm sure Congressmen and Senators. Let's hope these flag-wavin tea-bagers take offense to being sold off.

Posted by: inewsmaster | February 23, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Scott Walker is a crook, he is not only contemplating fraud and extortion but he is trying to STEAL! he is attempting to steer public assets to corporate backers in undervalued no bid sales for political and personal profit. This is a very serious criminal act not to mention a very sleazy unethical deal that spits on the public that elected him. How Nixonian in the worst possible way! Walker if guilty, and it's hard not to believe he is once you listen to the tapes, should resign or be arrested and face trial. Good luck with this Wisconsin, you've got a real low life sludge bucket for a governor.

Posted by: USblues2 | February 23, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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