What have we come to when the campaign of a candidate for President of the United States, as well as the full force of the media, takes a personal interest in destroying the life of a private citizen?
In case you missed it, one of the big centerpieces of the last debate was ‘Joe the Plumber’, a guy who pinned Barack Obama down to revealing he was a socialist by saying he wanted to ‘spread the wealth around’. This off-the-cuff comment by Obama showed his true colors, and is causing great concern in many Americans. The McCain camp brought out an ad that hits the nail on the head:
This is getting a LOT of traction with normal Americans. I wish McCain had used the “S” word and called him the socialist that he is, but I’ll still take it.
Anyway, Joe the Plumber then began to take on a life of his own. His comments and blue collar-yet-clearly-intelligent attitude resonated with people, and McCain used him several times in the last debate. In response, Joe Biden had some words to say about Joe the Plumber:
Right, Joe ‘Gaffe Machine’ Biden, that’s because you live in a neighborhood where no one makes only $250,000:
Anyway, the public loves Joe the Plumber because he’s one of them. And yet, he isn’t the least bit intimidated by Barack the Obamessiah, and he has asked the questions that the media refuses to ask. Awesome!
Sadly, the response of the Left is predictable: destroy Joe the Plumber.
The media won’t bother to dig into Obama’s association with unrepentant terrorists Bill Ayers or election-stealing ACORN, but they gleefully dove into action to dig up some dirt on Joe the Plumber. Unfortunately, they found something – he apparently finished his training but never got his plumber’s license. As someone at Michelle Malkin’s blog wrote, he should just start calling him ‘undocumented’ instead of unlicensed. The Left has no problem with undocumented people. Anyway, it appears that this digging has effectively shut down Joe the Plumber’s business.
It’s too bad he’s a single father, with a 13-year old boy he’s trying to care for. I guess that sort of thing only matters when it’s a Democrat woman we’re talking about.
Michelle Malkin writes an opinion piece on this whole despicable affair:
Six-term Sen. Joe Biden’s got some nerve going after citizen Joe the Plumber. But the entrenched politician from Delaware, who fancies himself the nation’s number one Ordinary Joe, had no choice. Obama-Biden simply can’t tolerate an outspoken citizen successfully painting the Democratic ticket as socialist overlords. And so a dirty, desperate war against Joe Wurzelbacher is on.
The Left’s political plumbers are attacking the messenger, rummaging through his personal life, and predictably wielding the race card once again. It’s standard operating procedure for the Obama thug machine.
Wurzelbacher, in case you’ve been in hibernation, is the small businessman from Ohio who questioned Obama this weekend about his tax plan during a Toledo campaign swing. The revealing exchange was caught on tape and broadcast widely across the Internet and TV airwaves. In response to Joe’s question about why he should be “taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream,” Obama sermonized that Wurzelbacher needed to “spread the wealth around” because “it’s good for everybody.”
John McCain flung that chilling Marxist mantra back in Obama’s face during Wednesday night’s presidential debate and repeatedly cited Joe the Plumber’s plight. Obama squirmed. The dirt-diggers started Googling. And the next morning, six-term Sen. Biden launched the first salvo against the Ohio entrepreneur on NBC’s Today Show, challenging the veracity of his story: “I don’t have any ‘Joe the Plumbers’ in my neighborhood that make $250,000 a year.”
Under an Obama-Biden administration, they’ll make sure no Joe The Plumbers ever earn such a salary. “It’s good for everybody,” don’t you know?
Biden, as is so often the case, twisted the facts about Wurzelbacher. No surprise there. Slick Joe is the one who tells fables about visiting a diner in Delaware that hasn’t been open in years; spins yarns about getting “forced down” in a helicopter over Afghanistan because of perilous conditions that turned out to be weather-related, not al Qaeda-related; and continues to slander the family of the man involved in his wife and daughter’s fatal car accident (crash investigators cleared the now-deceased driver of drunk-driving, despite Biden’s insinuations). But I digress.
Wurzelbacher never claimed to be making $250,000 a year. He told Obama that he might be “getting ready to buy a company that makes about $250,000, $270,000″ a year. His simple point was that Obama’s punitive tax proposals would make it more difficult to realize his dream.
Obama’s followers couldn’t handle the incontrovertible truth. Left-wing blogs immediately went to work, blaring headlines like “Not A Real $250k Plumber!” Next, they falsely accused Wurzelbacher of not being registered to vote (he’s registered in Lucas County, Ohio, and voted as a Republican in this year’s primary).
Next, they called him a liar for identifying himself as undecided. Only registered Democrats and fake Republican tools used in mainstream media stories and YouTube debates are allowed to use that label, you see.
Next, award-winning liberal blogger Joshua Marshall cast Wurzelbacher as some kind of rabid freak for calling Social Security a “joke” – as if no working-class Americans could believe that the federal government’s entitlement programs were a rip-off unless they were bought and paid for by the McCain campaign.
Then, suddenly, the journalists who wouldn’t lift a finger to investigate Barack Obama’s longtime relationships with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright sprang into action rifling through citizen Joe Wurzelbacher’s tax records. Politico.com reported breathlessly: “Samuel J. Wurzelbacher has a lien placed against him to the tune of $1,182.92. The lien is dated from January of ‘07.” Press outlets probed his divorce records. The local plumbers’ union, which has endorsed Obama, claimed he didn’t do their required apprenticeship work and didn’t have a license to work outside his local township.
After Wurzelbacher told Katie Couric that Obama’s rhetorical tap dance was “almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.,” the inevitable cries of “bigotry” followed. (There are now tens of thousands of hits on the Internet for “Joe the Plumber racist.”)
Welcome to Joe the Plumber Derangement Syndrome. If you can’t beat him, smear him. It’s the Obama way.
This is how the Left conducts itself. A simple question that painted the truth across Barack the Obamessiah’s back results in the destruction of the life of a private citizen plumber. It’s a foul methodology, and one that spells unimaginable trouble if it infects the White House in January.
There’s my two cents.