So many words have been written today on the very amusing and informative prank call to the Man-Who-Would-Be-King of Wisconsin.
It is clear that for Scott and his ilk money talks, but when I read this earlier today from Steve Benen I laughed out loud:
First, it’s remarkable Ian Murphy, pretending to be Koch, even got through. He talked to Walker’s chief of staff, Keith Gilkes, and said he couldn’t leave a return number because, “My goddamn maid, Maria, put my phone in the washer. I’d have her deported, but she works for next to nothing.” This, oddly enough, led Gilkes to invite “Koch” to call back and speak directly to the governor.
It looks like the secret to getting them to take your call is to present yourself to be as big of an asshole as the wingnut you’re calling–also, too, pretending to have money and power gets you respect and access.
The call was funny and useful in the way it exposed Walker, but the fact that the call even got through says even more. The prankster got a hearing by claiming to be David Koch, but he proved himself to be the real deal through his racism, his meanness and just being a dick. That got him connected to Walker without any further review. In some way it is a bit comforting to know that Team Walker is staffed by idiots. But only a bit comforting as George W. Bush has recently proven that a team of idiots can do real and lasting damage as they play out their fantasies in the real world.
Take this as an Open Thread for an eventful hump day.
Oh, today is Steve Benen’s 8th Anniversary as a blogger on these intertubes. Congratulations Steve! Here’s to many more.