By Paul Gleiser | October 24, 2008 | Print This |
If McCain is able to win this election, he will have Joe the Plumber to thank. Joe the Plumber is Joe Wurzelbacher, a non-licensed plumber in Ohio who confronted Barack Obama regarding Obama’s tax policy on a rope line at a campaign appearance.
Now McCain is using Joe the Plumber exlcusively in his latest TV ad buys in the battleground states.
See the commercial here.
By Paul Gleiser | October 16, 2008 | Print This |
You should take anything you read or see on the internet not with a grain, but with a fistful of salt.
And you should read the following story fully mindful of the fact that supporters of John McCain devoutly wish it to be true irrespective of actual facts.
For many months, the blogoshpere has been chasing around the idea that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States and is therefore not eligible under the U.S. Constitution to be president. In response, the Obama campaign long ago posted online what the campaign said was a certified copy of Obama’s birth certificate showing his natural birth in the State of Hawaii.
On Aug. 21, 2008, Philip J. Berg, former Deputy Attorney General for the State of Pennsylvania and former Democratic candidate for governor, filed suit in Federal Court in Pennsylvania (Case no. 08-cv-4083) seeking a declaratory judgment and injunction against Obama on the grounds that he does not meet the constitutional requirements to hold the office of President of the United States. The suit demands that Obama produce certified documents for the court’s review that substantiate Obama’s claim to have been born in the United States.
The suit is pending.
As of now, the only thing that can be known for sure is that there is a lawsuit pending and lawsuits by their nature have to be answered and/or disposed of in some way or another by the defendant. You can ignore politically charged rhetoric. You cannot indefinitely ignore a lawsuit.
So does the story have legs? So far, judging by the fact that you haven’t seen or heard about it anywhere other than here or someplace else on the internet, you’d have to say no.
But there’s a lawsuit pending and it is one filed by a legitimate member of the Pennsylvania bar.
So here is a video that is admittedly produced by someone with an obvious axe to grind. Watch the video anyway and come to you own conclusion.
By Paul Gleiser | October 15, 2008 | Print This |
Joe Wurzelbacher is a plumber in Toledo, Ohio. In a now-famous encounter earlier this week, Sen. Obama told Joe the Plumber that he needed to raise Joe’s taxes in order to “spread the wealth.”
Joe got 15 separate mentions as each candidate tried to frame his policies based on the impact they would have on Joe the Plumber. McCain spoke directly to Joe and forced Obama to speak to Joe to rebut the statements of McCain.
By the end of the night, McCain had fired a few shots and had displayed a few bursts of passion and irritation. But Obama easily handled them all.
Obama’s task was fairly simple. Make no mistakes and run out the clock. McCain’s task was much more daunting. Deliver a blow strong enough to change the momentum of the campaign.
Obama clearly succeeded and in so doing, won the debate and most likely wrapped up the presidency.