October 28, 2008
The Plumber and Israel
"I do know that. … I'll actually go ahead and agree with you on that one."—Joe "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, during his first stint as a campaign surrogate at a McCain rally, signaling his agreement with an audience member who said: "It's my belief that a vote for Obama is a vote for the death to Israel." "Though "Joe the Plumber" has become a centerpiece of McCain's campaign in the closing days of the presidential race, McCain aides told FOX News the Republican nominee does not share Wurzelbacher's opinion on Obama's view toward Israel." Really? Because I just heard a McCain ad this very day saying pretty much EXACTLY that - and except for the fact that Israel is VERY capable of self-defense (and are close enough to their own roots not to be lazy and stupid like we have grown, so they're more willing to do it), it would be true. Review. Sum up. The ad. So if it's true, and McCain knows it, why throw Joe the Plumber under the bus? I realize the press is trying to eat the man alive and destroy his livelihood, and the LA Times reporter certainly doesn't want that to happen to him, but what's McCain got to lose? Why deny the obvious? Has Obama pretended to be a friend to Israel or something? I don't know, these things just stump me at times. How much people are willing to swallow.