AKA Joe the Plummer, yep  Sam Joe Wurzelbacher, who disagreed with Senator Obama’s tax policies as one who was going to purchase a plumbing business is now Joe the Victim.  He didn’t ask for the notoriety, and he didn’t ask to get mentioned during the debates.  If you missed his dialogue with Senator Obama, watch below.

The New Editor lists different ways that he is being attacked from the left.

The Toledo Blade is reporting he isn’t licensed, can someone tell me how this diminishes his question?  Evidently, under Ohio law, he doesn’t need one.

Bloomberg reported that he has a tax lien against him.  Again all this because he was caught on tape challenge Obama?  How does that diminish the question and the critique?  Daily Kos wanted to list his address as well.

Democratic Underground is going wild.  Andrew Sullivan is saying he’s not a plumber, and oh yes that his first name is Sam.  His middle name is Joe.  That really changes how Obama’s tax polices impacts people.

Then apparently he’s now being targeted to have his livelihood away.

All this because he asked Senator Obama a tough question.  I’m not saying the guy’s an angel, but this is ridiculous.  Do you think he would have thought twice if he knew all this was going to be unleashed on him?  Of course the Obama campaign is above the fray.  Why should they say anything when it is being done for them?

Update: Senator McCain issues a statement defending Joe the Plummer.

12 comments
  1. I agree this is all pretty ridiculous, but it happened as you stated because his name was mentioned several times in the debate, not because he asked Obama, to use Sarah Palin’s term, a “gotcha” journalism question.

    If he had asked Obama a question and not been mentioned in the debate it’s doubtful this one-day media frenzy would have occurred.

  2. I agree this is all pretty ridiculous, but it happened as you stated because his name was mentioned several times in the debate, not because he asked Obama, to use Sarah Palin’s term, a “gotcha” journalism question.

    If he had asked Obama a question and not been mentioned in the debate it’s doubtful this one-day media frenzy would have occurred.

  3. I’d agree with Matt. McCain is the one who highlighted him.

    And I think Joe lives in a fantasy world. It’s doubtful that he’ll ever earn that much money, but he wants to defend his right to, even at the cost of policies that destroy the working class. And the city of where he lives DOES licence plumbers.

    McCain highlighted him as a shining example of virtue, which he ain’t.

  4. I’d agree with Matt. McCain is the one who highlighted him.

    And I think Joe lives in a fantasy world. It’s doubtful that he’ll ever earn that much money, but he wants to defend his right to, even at the cost of policies that destroy the working class. And the city of where he lives DOES licence plumbers.

    McCain highlighted him as a shining example of virtue, which he ain’t.

  5. Another thing– the pettiness level on both sides is pretty high– people go by their middle name all the time. Since when is that deception?

  6. Another thing– the pettiness level on both sides is pretty high– people go by their middle name all the time. Since when is that deception?

  7. @Matt – you are right that it may have flown under the radar if his name hadn’t been mentioned. He had nothing to do with McCain decision to use him as an example.

    So again what is with the smear campaign?

    @DB – I didn’t hear anybody call him a “shining example of virtue”. He still doesn’t deserve the smear campaign. Also exactly how will increased taxes destroy the middle class? His city does license plumbers, but it isn’t required in certain circumstances under Ohio law.

    I agree with you that using your last name isn’t deception.

    My main point of this post is that he didn’t deserve the smear campaign he got.

  8. @Matt – you are right that it may have flown under the radar if his name hadn’t been mentioned. He had nothing to do with McCain decision to use him as an example.

    So again what is with the smear campaign?

    @DB – I didn’t hear anybody call him a “shining example of virtue”. He still doesn’t deserve the smear campaign. Also exactly how will increased taxes destroy the middle class? His city does license plumbers, but it isn’t required in certain circumstances under Ohio law.

    I agree with you that using your last name isn’t deception.

    My main point of this post is that he didn’t deserve the smear campaign he got.

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