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I'm looking for some help from my C-Realm cohorts.

Perhaps you've heard about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker taking a phone call from blogger Ian Murphy who was pretending to be money man David Koch. You can find an article that includes a full recording of the call in the form of two embedded YouTube videos here:


I'm hoping someone will listen to the call and pick out a really damning bit that supports the interpretation of the recording that a bought-and-paid-for public official is taking marching orders from his boss. I'd claim bandwidth poverty for my failure to do this chore myself, but the truth is that the thought of listening to the whole call fills me with loathing. A great word, "loathing," but a horrible sensation. If you would spare me that sensation by listening to this call and picking out a good bit, I would really appreciate it. Either send a clip of not more than a minute, or send me the time in the video at which a good bit starts.


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Mar. 1st, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Having heard the whole call (and posted the YouTube on my LJ) I cannot say there is evidence to support that assertion. Walker is certainly sucking up to "Koch," (sucking Koch?) but nothing indicates that he is simply carrying out orders.

In fact, at one point the phony Koch suggests sending in fake demonstrators that act violently, giving the Gov the chance to restore order. Walker explains that, while he "thought of that," it would likely backfire, and therefore decided against it.

There are certainly several times where both state that this person or another (examples include a New York Times article and a centrist Democratic politician) are "one of us" or "on our side," but that neither indicates nor sounds like a payroller-payrollee situation.

If they have any previous contractual or implicit agreement for Walker to do as Koch wanted, the recording does not reveal that at all. If anything, it does show that the two are in lockstep with their respective ideologies. One could argue that Walker probably wouldn't have gotten elected without that dogmatic agreement, but that would be a stretch born on nothing but speculation.

Mar. 1st, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
No need to say sorry
Thanks, man. You've done me a service.
Mar. 1st, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: No need to say sorry
I'm really more sorry because I was seeking exactly that from the prank. I feel your need. We were both denied. :-)
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