My former colleague Dave Weigel has a column at Slate about Scott Walker’s new book, Unintimidated, which he wrote with the staggeringly dishonest former Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen. He discusses the incident when Ian Murphy pranked him by pretending to be David Koch, which caused him great embarrassment. But it was all for a purpose:
In his new memoir, Unintimidated, Walker (and co-writer Mark Thiessen, the Bush administration speechwriter turned columnist) devote a whole chapter to the call. The governor claims that he “hesitated” to take it, and “was upset that my staff had let the call get through to my office, making me look so silly.” He never actually “thought about” the fake troublemakers—he now writes that he “did not want to insult Mr. Koch by saying that we would never do something so stupid.”
He doesn’t mention the baseball bat at all, skipping right ahead to the press conference called to clean up the mess. Walker only took four questions as protesters chanted at a decibel level that rammed right through the office doors. “Only later did I realize that God had a plan for me with that episode,” writes Walker. After his press conference, he picked up his daily devotional and saw the title for Feb. 23: The power of humility, the burden of pride.
“I looked up and said, ‘I hear you, Lord,’” writes Walker. “God was sending me a clear message to not do things for personal glory or fame. It was a turning point that helped me in future challenges, helped me stay focused on the people I was elected to serve, and reminded me of God’s abundant grace and the paramount need to stay humble.”
Yes, God wants him to be humble. So naturally he writes a book telling everyone that he is an instrument of God. Very humble indeed.