Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

"The things I said weren't inconsistent with anything else I said."

~Scott Walker on his "stupid" phone conversation with fake David Koch.

Hmmmm. Well, what did he say? Let's review:

Walker: So we’re trying about four or five different angles, so each day we crank up a little bit more pressure. The other thing is I’ve got layoff notices ready. We put out the at-risk notices. We’ll announce Thursday, and they’ll go out early next week. And we’ll probably get 5 to 6,000 state workers will get at-risk notices for layoffs. We might ratchet that up a little bit, you know.

Walker: The reason for that is, we’re verifying it this afternoon, but 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 a quorum because they started out that way. Um, so we’re double checking that. But that would be the only, if you heard that I was going to talk to them, that would be the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capital with all 14 of them. And my sense is, hell, I’ll talk to them. If they want to yell at me for an hour, you know, I’m used to that, I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.

Murphy: Yeah. Now what else could we do for you down there?

Walker: Well the biggest thing would be-and your guy on the ground [Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips] is probably seeing this is the, well, two things: One, our members originally got freaked out by all the bodies here...So one thing, per your question is, the more groups that are encouraging people not just to show up but to call lawmakers and tell them to hang firm with the governor, the better.

Murphy: Right, right. Well, we’ll back you any way we can. But, uh, what we were thinking about the crowds was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Walker: You know, the, well, the only problem with that — because we thought about that. The problem — the, my only gut reaction to that is right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them, the public is not really fond of this.

Walker: I had all of my cabinet over to the residence for dinner. Talked about what we were gonna do, how we were gonna do it. We’d already kinda built plans up, but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb.

In his interview with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Walker refers to his phone conversation with a man who he thought was billionaire, David Koch by saying - "It was stupid." It is interesting that Walker does not say he personally was stupid or was wrong to reveal a plan to an out-of-state campaign contributor which included a plot to trick Senators into coming to the Capitol so they could pass the bill under the guise of negotiating, prevent them from being paid, ask for public relations (spin) assistance from the billionaire and talk about planting "troublemakers" in a peaceful crowd which included children.

Walker takes no responsibility for his actions or his words. The incident was "stupid" because it detracted from the message he was trying to sell Wisconsin citizens but through his own stupidity revealed the truth.