This is just perfect. Ian Murphy, editor of the Buffalo Beast, prank called union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pretending to be industrialist and secret Republican overlord David Koch, whose money has been fueling Walker and state Republicans' ongoing battle with labor. And Walker believed it.

Walker doesn't need many prompts to talk at length about everything he has in mind. He talks about pinning felonies on senators or sending "at-risk" notices to state workers and other things to, in fake David Koch's words, "crush that union." And then there's stuff like this:

Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I'll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.

Walker: All right, that would be outstanding.

And Walker on his relationship with other new Republican governors:


"Brian [Sandoval], the new Governor of Nevada, called me the last night he said — he was out in the Lincoln Day Circuit in the last two weekends and he was kidding me, he said, 'Scott, don't come to Nevada because I'd be afraid you beat me running for governor.' That's all they want to talk about is what are you doing to help the governor of Wisconsin. I talk to Kasich every day — John's gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Rick Scott in Florida. I think, uh, Snyder — if he got a little more support — probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there's a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big."

"You're the first domino," fake Koch said.

"Yep. This is our moment," said Walker.

And yes, the call is legit.


Part one of the conversation is up top, and part two is below.