Sam "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher caught the attention of
The day after the debate, the McCain campaign released a web ad featuring Joe to attack the Obama tax plan. In the midst of the publicity and use of Joe as campaign prop, people starting asking questions about the man who oddly thought that if he earned enough money to make it into a higher tax bracket he would somehow end up with the same take-home pay (or less) as he had earning less. In very short time, it was revealed that not only was Joe not a licensed plumber who wasn't really "getting ready to buy" his company, his income was at a level at which he would benefit from a tax break and not the increase he (and McCain) complained about. Of course, issues related to any potential increase in taxes appear to be moot since Joe kinda owes about $1,200 in back taxes.
As a result, McCain has resorted to attacking Obama in order deflect criticisms of the illogical and inaccurate use of Joe as a folk-hero pretending to be hurt by Obama's tax plan:
“The response from Senator Obama and his campaign yesterday was to attack Joe,” Mr. McCain said. “People are digging through his personal life, and he has TV crews camped out in front of his house. He didn’t ask for Senator Obama to come to his house. He wasn’t recruited or prompted by our campaign. He just asked a question. And Americans ought to be able to ask Senator Obama tough questions without being smeared and targeted with political attacks. NYT”Tags: McShame Joe the Plumber politics conservatism economy foreign policy domestic policySphere: Related Content