Two days after the debate and we are still talking about Joe the Plumber. Could this one guy be the turning point for the entire McCain campaign? Don't count on it. But I do get the sneaking suspicion that at least a few people out there are catching on to what Barack Obama really stands for. Don't get me wrong ... they are going to vote for Obama anyway because they "just like the guy" or he "seems more presidential" or he's "like, so much cooler." But at least now you can't say you didn't see it coming.
Enter the unions ...
Now comes a plumbers union, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, saying that John McCain "manufactured outrage" over Barack Obama's tax plan by talking about Joe the Plumber. A spokesperson for the union said, "John McCain made Joe the Plumber a household name. His manufactured outrage on behalf of Joe would be a lot more believable if his economic plan had anything to do with helping working people deal with the economic crisis." Apparently this union, which has endorsed Barack Obama (go figure), doesn't understand what tax cuts will do for our economy, or even worse, what Obama's tax increases will do. And I wouldn't consider the idea of putting a Marxist in the White House "manufactured outrage." It should scare the living dog shit out of you ... or at least, out of anyone who wants to make something of themselves and be successful.
So what is really going on here? We've got Joe Biden saying that Joe isn't a real plumber because he makes too much money. We've got nit-wits like the women on "The View" calling Joe's plan to own his own business a "fantasy." Don't you love that? Liberals view the dream of owning your own business a "fantasy!" We've got the plumbers union saying that John McCain is using Joe for "manufactured outrage." We've got the mainstream media reporting on Joe's tax returns. We've got rumors that Joe was a plant by the Republican Party. We've got liberals bloggers saying that Joe is really related to Charles Keating. Notice that none of these people are actually talking about what Obama actually SAID to Joe the Plumber – the fact that he wants to "spread the wealth around" in a redistribution welfare scheme. People are clamoring because, for the first time, John McCain has actually found a way to explain the asinine tax plans of the Chosen One. Look, folks. It's not like this is a new concept for politicians. Remember in the last debate, Obama and McCain both talked about the bracelets they wore from soldiers. In stump speeches, candidates refer to the waitress at the restaurant or that family in North Dakota that can't afford healthcare. Using real people has always been a way for politicians to "connect" to the voters ... but the difference is that this one has stuck. Here, finally, is a real "real people." And this "real people" wants to work hard and own his own business. This guy is nothing like the hopeless "real people" the Democrats like to parade around ... but he's very much like the average American with dreams and the determination to make them come true. A plumber gets Obama away from his speech writers and teleprompter ... and look what we have.
As expected, the McCain campaign has produced a Joe the Plumber commercial exposing Obama's Marxist tax policies.
Oh and in case you didn't know ... Joe the plumber is racist because he compared Barack Obama to Sammy Davis Jr. Who didn't see that coming.