Joe The Plumber: Yet Another Vetting Fail By Team McCain

1 comment October 16th, 2008at 07:52am Posted by Eli

Well, isn’t this special:

John McCain did great tonight in the debate. But every time John mentioned “Joe the Plumber,” some of us in the campaign banged our heads against the wall. If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight. He reportedly screamed at John’s debate prep team tonight (out of earshot of reporters, of course). “You idiots – he’s related to Charles Keating… of the Keating Five scandal!” They thought they had a real live Joe Six-Pack who’s spurned Barack Obama’s tax plan. But what they forgot to do was check on Joe Wurzelbacher’s background.

Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.

Does any of this make Joe the Plumber a bad guy? Of course not. In fact, after that ill-fated night at the Watergate, he may finally be giving plumbers a good name. But at a debate where John goes full bore on Obama for guilt-by-association with William Ayers (and dodges a bullet by Obama not mentioning Keating Five), the press is going to bring it back front and center by midday tomorrow once they delve deeper into the most popular plumber in America.

D’oh!  Way to bring remind everyone about Keating, Mac.  Maybe if you could find a genuine middle-class salt-of-the-earth American to shill for you, this wouldn’t have happened.  Then again, a genuine middle-class person would only see tax cuts under Obama’s plan…

(f/t Attaturk)

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Paolo  |  October 16th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Obama could have made one simple remark about taxes…

    Freedom is not free!

    I think a simple comment like that would ring well with the middle class.

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