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Friday, October 17, 2008

Don't Screw With Obama, Man

Joe the Plumber may wish he'd never been born, now that John McCain has used his story to illustrate the damaging effect that Obama's economic plan will have on small business. Quicker than they could declare that there was no substantive relationship between Mr. Wonderful and Bill Ayres, the New York Times has an exhaustively researched hit piece in the paper this morning on ... Joe the Plumber?
Real Deal on ‘Joe the Plumber’ Reveals New Slant
By Larry Rohter

One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher was just another working man living in a modest house outside Toledo, Ohio, and thinking about how to buy the plumbing business where he works. But when he stopped Senator Barack Obama during a visit to his block last weekend to complain about taxes, he set himself on a path to becoming America’s newest media celebrity — and as such suddenly found himself facing celebrity-level scrutiny.

As it turns out, Joe the Plumber, as he became nationally known when Senator John McCain made him a theme at Wednesday’s final presidential debate, may work in the plumbing business, but he is not a licensed plumber.

Thomas Joseph, the business manager of Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics, based in Toledo, said Thursday that Mr. Wurzelbacher had never held a plumber’s license, which is required in Toledo and several surrounding municipalities. He also never completed an apprenticeship and does not belong to the plumber’s union, which has endorsed Mr. Obama.

His full name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. And he owes back taxes, too, public records show. (link)
There you have it! Joe the Plumber had no right to criticize Obama! He's not licensed! And he's a tax scofflaw! And he probably doesn't call his mother often!

These people are so pathetic.

Me Too! Me Too!

The kids over at the Roanoke Times, taking their cue from the nutroot blogs, seem to think this revelation is damaging to the credibility of that plumber up in Toledo too, writing:

Speaking of Joe the Plumber, he sure was worried about taxes. That's understandable considering he owes the state of Ohio back taxes and has a lien against his house as a result.

Oh, and he's not even a licensed plumber.

And so the myth starts to crumble.

Myth? Joe Wurzelbacher is a plumber, licensed or otherwise, who has done grievous harm to the Obama campaign by simply pointing out how damaging the Democrat's tax plan will be to small business, if implemented. How plumbing licenses and back tax issues (which make his argument more poignant, not less) change that is beyond us normal human beings.

WaPo Endorses Obama ...

I quit reading the editorial in which the Washington Post officially endorses the candidacy of Barack Obama after reading only the first sentence:

"The nominating process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates."

If the rest of the piece is this preposterous, I have no interest in reading it.

... And Charles Krauthammer Doesn't

From "Who's Playing The Race Card?":
Let me get this straight. A couple of agitated yahoos in a rally of thousands yell something offensive and incendiary, and John McCain and Sarah Palin are not just guilty by association -- with total strangers, mind you -- but worse: guilty according to the New York Times of "race-baiting and xenophobia."

But should you bring up Barack Obama's real associations -- 20 years with Jeremiah Wright, working on two foundations and distributing money with William Ayers, citing the raving Michael Pfleger as one who helps him keep his moral compass (Chicago Sun-Times, April 2004) and the long-standing relationship with the left-wing vote-fraud specialist ACORN -- you have crossed the line into illegitimate guilt by association. Moreover, it is tinged with racism.

What makes this all the more dismaying is that it comes from Barack Obama, who has consistently presented himself as a healer, a man of a new generation above and beyond race, the man who would turn the page on the guilt-tripping grievance politics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

I once believed him.

That was your first mistake, Charles.

Albright Opposes Obama's Foreign Policy

I'm not sure this does grievous harm to Barack Obama's war strategy, or bolsters it, when the worst Secretary of State in modern history (except for Bill Clinton's other Secretary of State) comes out in opposition.
Albright opposes Iraq pullout deadline
By Nicholas Kralev, The Washington Times

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright said Thursday the Iraq war has created damaging consequences for U.S. diplomacy, but Washington should not agree to a specific deadline for withdrawing troops in the midst of conflict - something proposed last year by the candidate she now supports, Sen. Barack Obama.

"I never was for a date certain," Mrs. Albright told editors and reporters at The Washington Times.

Mr. Obama has said that he is committed to ending the Iraq war, and that, if elected, he will start working toward that goal on his first day in the White House. (link)
Of course Obama has conveniently changed his mind in recent months, now that the war in Iraq is being won. Expect him to soon tell us that we should be evacuating Afghanistan and redeploying to ... Iraq, where it's safer for our troops.

In any case, why Ms. Albright is only now coming out in opposition to Obama's plan will remain a mystery.

Or not.

IBD Takes a Look ...

... "Behind Bill Ayres Office Door" and doesn't like what it sees:

Wednesday's piece by Thomas Frank, the Wall Street Journal's newest columnist, follows religiously the latest Barack Obama talking point about the former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers.

He may have been a terrorist who blew up buildings and tried to kill people, but "the man has become such a good citizen he ought to be an honorary Eagle Scout."

That is the latest contention by Obama and his fellow travelers on the Ayers relationship.

Such lack of veracity and a demonstrable paucity of judgment should be an automatic disqualification for the presidency.

What kind of appointments would he make in his administration if he also thinks Ayers is now just another model citizen?

Frank blames the present, past and potential future victims of terrorism, saying this "is their vilest hour" for telling the documented truth. We doubt Frank and his ilk would be so defensive of an unrepentant terrorist if it had been a former abortion clinic bomber who hosted John McCain's first fundraiser and palled around with him on various boards. (link)

I read that Thomas Frank piece in the Wall Street Journal the other day and came away with the same reaction. People like him - and Obama - just don't get it. They remind me of those Hollywood leftists who sat before Cuban dictator Fidel Castro back in the 70's and 80's and found him to be just a swell guy, and a great conversationalist. 100,000 political prisoners? Wholesale slaughter of his political opposition? The entire population of Cuba living in poverty? Oh, but he's so knowledgeable on the subject of American baseball! And he reads Noam Chomsky!

These people are dangerous. And we have so few asylums ...

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* Oliver Stone: "In Cuba, I observed an openness and freedom that I had not found in any other country in the region, the Caribbean or Central America," Stone said. "I have met many world leaders in Panama, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, but have never seen the kind of spontaneous affection for a leader expressed on the streets as I have seen in Cuba towards Fidel."

Jesse Jackson: "Viva Fidel! Viva Che! Castro is the most honest and courageous politician I've ever met."

Steven Spielberg: "Meeting Fidel Castro were the eight most important hours of my life."

Oliver Stone again: "Very selfless and moral. One of the world's wisest men."

Dan Rather: "Cuba's Elvis."

Naomi Campbell: "A Dream come true."

Chevy Chase: "Socialism works. I think Cuba can prove that."

Acorn Is Innocent!

How do I know? I read the New York Times this morning. How do they know? They asked Acorn.
The Acorn Story

In Wednesday night’s debate, John McCain warned that a group called Acorn is “on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history” and “may be destroying the fabric of democracy.” Viewers may have been wondering what Mr. McCain was talking about. So were we. [jf: Which explains a lot; these people don't read the papers]

In recent weeks, the McCain campaign has accused the group of perpetrating voter fraud by intentionally submitting invalid registration forms, including some with fictional names like Mickey Mouse and others for voters who are already registered.

Acorn says that it has paid more than 8,000 canvassers who have registered about 1.3 million new voters, many of them poor people and members of racial minorities.

The group ... say[s] the ones with phony names constitute no more than 1 percent of the total turned in.

According to Acorn, most of the forms that are now causing controversy are ones ... (link) [my emphasis]
There you have it. The FBI can stop its investigation. Acorn isn't in violation of RICO statutes. Acorn says so.

Oh, by the way, the New York Times wants you to believe there is in fact a real scandal brewing related to our election system:

"Meanwhile, Republicans aren’t saying anything about another more serious voter-registration scandal: the fact that about one-third of eligible voters are not registered."

If that's an attempt to deflect the focus away from Acorn, I'd suggest these pathetic creatures find a Plan B.

Seems Right To Me

I think he may have gotten a bit carried away, but this, from U.S. News & World Report's James Pethokoukis, does seem spot-on:
Did Barack "Spread the Wealth" Obama Just Blow the Election?

No. Really. You're kidding me. Barack Obama actually told that Joe the Plumber guy that he wants to "spread the wealth around." What, did Obama just get done reading the Wikipedia entry on Huey "Share the Wealth" Long or something? Was he somehow channeling that left-wing populist from the Depression? Talk about playing into the most extreme stereotype of your party, that it is infested with socialists.

And by the way, I just noticed that the IBD/TIPP poll, the most accurate in 2004, has McCain down by just 3 points. If the contest is perceived by the voters as a contest between a wealth redistributor and a wealth creator, then it could be a long night come Nov. 4. This is still a center-right country, gang. (link)
We could argue about just how much McCain might be a "wealth creationist," but I don't think there's any denying the fact that Obama intends to do his best to destroy wealth in this country, if he's elected.

But who knows? Maybe we'll never find out ...

Powerful & Effective

This RNC ad will leave serious doubts in the minds of all those undecided voters out there. It's the kind of thing McCain should have been pounding away at all along, rather than the mind-numbing stuff about how Obama is going to take your first-born child if elected.

"Our nation is considering elevating one of the least experienced people ever to run for president - Barack Obama.

"This crisis would be Obama's first crisis."

Hammer it home, big guy.