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The Howard Stern-ing of the Wisconsin showdown

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 23, 2011 11:43 AM

A left-wing website that specializes in pranking celebrities, pundits, and politicians — a la Howard Stern — is doing a Snoopy dance over a fake call its operatives made to GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

The hoaxer pretended to be David Koch, the progs’ favorite capitalist target.

I’m not going to give any direct traffic to the infamy-seekers. Here is the Memeorandum link round-up on the story. In sum, Walker talked to the poser for about 20 minutes (audio is here).

Walker stood firm on his no-negotiations stance with Big Labor and talked about his already publicized efforts to bring the Dems back to the state by requiring them to collect their paychecks in person.

Gov. Walker’s office put out a statement this morning:

The Governor takes many calls everyday. Throughout this call the Governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. The phone call shows that the Governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having.

The tapes show a strong executive focused on his job. They also show that Walker is not in deep, dark cahoots or collusion with Koch. If he were, he would have caught on quickly. But the progs will see and hear what they want to hear.

And now this stunt will unleash a thousand wanna-bes trying to distract Walker for the financial/economic/union reform task at hand.

Which is exactly what Big Labor wants.

The means and the ends are the same: Distraction, distraction, distraction.

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Exit question: Will all those who condemned serious undercover investigations by the Right condemn the sensational buffoonery of the Left?

Of. Course. Not.

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A Hot Air commenter sums it up well: “So, what we now know is that Walker has never met Koch and barely knows who he is, but even when talking privately to his supposed ‘corporate master,’ Walker doesn’t say anything that he hasn’t said in public. Yes, I am quite shocked and scandalized.”

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