I laughed when I first heard the tape of Governor Walker being ‘punked’ in a phone call. The flood of words and thoughts that flowed from Walker is amazing…and troubling
When Walker admitted to thinking of planting troublemakers among the peaceful protestors at the State Capitol I thought of the antics undertaken when President Nixon was in the White House. Make a mess, create confusion, and blame others.
Walker, believing he was getting a telephone call from billionaire campaign contributor David Koch, discussed the possibility of “planting some troublemakers” among people protesting his budget repair bill and the end of collective bargaining.
The phone call of course was with a New York-based blogger who recorded the call…gotta love bloggers!
On the tape Governor Walker said “we thought about that” when the topic of placing troublemakers in the Capitol crowd to create chaos was being discussed. That the very idea ever hatched itself in Walker’s head, or was considered by others around the Governor is appalling. It is very important that the ‘we’ involved in this matter be ferreted out.
That the crowds in and around the Capitol these past nine days have been very peaceful is without question. Not one single arrest was made last Saturday when 68,000 demonstrated on the Square. NOT ONE!
As I thought more about the phone call and Walker’s remark I reflected about how Richard Nixon and those around him acted when in power.
Recall the Brookings Institution and the idea it should be bombed? The Nixon tapes made it clear what the goal was. Create a problem and blame it on others.
Nixon: “We are going to use any means… . Get it done. I want it done. I want the Brookings Institution cleaned out and have it cleaned out in a way that has somebody else take the blame.”
Chuck Colson thought a great idea would be to firebomb the institution and steal files while firefighters……public employees with collective bargaining….would dash the flames.
I think we need to know who the “we’ happen to be that work for Governor Walker that would hatch an idea about placing “troublemakers” into a protest crowd at the Capitol.
Were they trying to test the patience of all involved, including law enforcement? Who brought the idea to Walker? Why was that person not released from state service at once? Where did this idea get discussed? In the Governor’s office? The residence?
This is serious as it could have led to chaos and even bloodshed had it been put into action.
There was some levity at one point on the tape.
As the tape wandered along I was smirking when Walker confessed that he reads The New York Times, as he commented on a front page story the paper did about Wisconsin.
Can you imagine Richard Nixon ever admitting that on tape?