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Posted at 3:57 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Scott Walker prank call: The latest in a long line of escapades?

By Katie Rogers
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was pranked by a caller claiming to be conservative activist David Koch. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images).

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may not feel like taking many calls these days after the prank played Tuesday when someone claiming to be conservative fundraiser David Koch got Walker to reveal a bit too much about the current crisis in his state's capitol.

The culprit behind the call? Ian Murphy, 33, of Buffalo, who writes for a site called (The aforementioned web site, by the way, has been flickering on and off all day, presumably under the weight of web traffic.)

Pranking those embedded in the political establishment may really be the great equalizer -- anyone can play -- but Walker was not the first to be called out (ahem) by such tomfoolery.

I'm reminded of simpler times, not so long ago:

  • 2008: Canadian comedy duo The Masked Avengers tricked then-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin into thinking French President Nicholas Sarkozy was on the other end of the line. Among the topics discussed? Hunting by helicopter:
    FAKE SARKOZY: Exactly, we could go try hunting by helicopter like you did. I never did that. Like we say in France, (says long French-sounding phrase).

    PALIN: Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together as we're getting work done. We could kill two birds with one stone that way.

  • 2008: The Palin prank led Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) to hang up on the president of the United States of America. Twice.

  • Timeless: C-SPAN. Pranks to the network aren't necessarily the same as calling a governor, but the network's many gaffes were made for the Internet. A whole slew of prank videos -- and C-SPAN anchor reactions -- exist here-- we can't embed each hilarious one for obvious, expletive-related reasons, but here's a cleaner example:

    Play on, pranksters.

    P.S., If you need a refresher on the budget battle Walker is embroiled in with the state's public employees and Senate Democrats, see protest photos, a report on Walker's past stances on unions and other assorted blog posts.

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    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.

    Oh, he's one of those."


    Posted by: ChesDead | February 24, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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