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Monday, October 20, 2008

An army of Joes

Since Joe the Plumber landed on the scene his life has been turned into an open book by the media. See, Obama was working a neighborhood when he walked up to Joe to talk to him. Joe embarrassed Obama by asking him about his tax policies. The mask slipped, and Obama admitted that he's going to take our money and redistribute it to those that aren't even paying taxes. That's the dirty little secret of his "95% of America will get a tax cut." Problem is roughly 45% of the country doesn't pay taxes.

Because Joe forced the mask to slip the media has been on his butt like flies on a cowpie. Byron York at National Review highlights how the media's witch-hunt of Joe the Plumber is backfiring badly:

After McCain left, as the crowd filed out, Munoz made his way to an area near some loudspeakers. He attracted a few reporters when he started talking loudly, in heavily-accented English, about media mistreatment of Wurzelbacher. (It was clear that Spanish was Munoz’s native language, and he later told me he was born in Colombia.) When I first made my way over to him, Munoz thought I was there to give him the third degree.

“Are you going to check my license, too?” he asked me. “Are you going to check my immigration status? I’m ready, I have everything here. Whatever you want, I have it. I have my green card, I have my passport — “

I was a little surprised. Did Munoz really bring his papers with him to a McCain rally? I asked.

“Yeah, I have my papers right here,” he said. “I’m an American citizen. Right here, right here.” With that, he produced a U.S. passport, turned it to the page with his picture on it, and thrust it about an inch from my nose. “Right here,” he said. “In your face.”

Munoz said he owned a small construction business. “I have a license, if you guys want to check,” he said.

Someone asked why Munoz had come to the rally. “I support McCain, but I’ve come to face you guys because I’m disgusted with you guys,” he said. “Why the hell are you going after Joe the Plumber? Joe the Plumber has an idea. He has a future. He wants to be something else. Why is that wrong? Everything is possible in America. I made it. Joe the Plumber could make it even better than me. . . . I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the U.S.A.”

The scene turned into a mini-fracas when David Corn, of Mother Jones, defended press coverage. Munoz was having none of it. Why, he asked, would the press whack Joe the Plumber when it didn’t want to report on Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber? “How come that’s not in the news all the time?” Munoz said. “How come Joe the Plumber is every second? I’m talking about NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN.”A black woman with a strong Caribbean accent jumped in the fray. “Tell me,” she said to Corn, “why is it you can go and find out about Joe the Plumber’s tax lien and when he divorced his wife and you can’t tell me when Barack Obama met with William Ayers? Why? Why could you not tell us that? Joe the Plumber is me!”

See, when the media went after Sarah Palin, there was a reaction like this from us. Sarah is a blue-collar kind of woman. She's not afraid to do the hard work when it needs to be done. She's not afraid to have to juggle so many aspects of her life to maintain the familial harmony she enjoys. Both her and her husband grew up in families that didn't shirk their responsibilities. So when the media drew their long knives and came after her, we were rightly ticked about it, and pushed back.

But then Joe came along. The difference between Joe and Sarah is up until last week, no one had heard of this guy. His "fifteen minutes" of infamy is slowly unravelling the Obama campaign as the media attempts to crucify this guy because Obama made a mistake and went off script while on the stump. As we see from Mr. Munoz (and there are pictures up in this article to show people what he did to the press) he's not pleased with the way the media's been acting.

He's not happy they won't ask questions about Bill Ayers.

He's not happy that the media is so over-the-top in love with Obama.

He's not happy that the media is enjoying it's job as a bully for the Obama campaign.

In short, he's Joe the Plumber. We're all Joe, even if our name isn't Joe. We're the average, everyday guys and girls that work to keep this nation moving forward. And we tend to get a tad ticked when those in the media look down on us like we're some little untouchable piece of excrement. But, then again, the Beltway idiots have always thought the world revolved around them, so it's natural for them to act the way they do.

But Mr. Munoz isn't buying it. Neither are we. The "army of Joes" is about to become Obama's undoing. Attack McCain if you want, but the moment you attack the hard-working people of this country, who are simply trying to make ends meet, and then you have a problem. The media and the Obama camp had best lay off of Joe. Any further scrutiny into this man's life, his past, etc., will only land Obama in deeper hot water, and the backlash could be one he can't afford on Election Day.

Publius II


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