Allahpundit is less than impressed with the appearance on Fox News’s “Huckabee.”
Coverage from the Toledo Blade:
Already in the national spotlight, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher last night strode onto the set of Fox News Channel’s Huckabee program to thunderous applause…
“Hopefully they’ll have me to thank for it as far as telling people to get out and find their own answers,” Mr. Wurzelbacher said. “That’s where I hope they go with it.”
In the days since the debate, it became known Mr. Wurzelbacher is not a licensed plumber, is not buying a business that makes enough to be taxed more under Mr. Obama’s tax proposals, and has some tax liens against him.
On Friday, the East Valley/Scottsdale Tribune in Arizona reported that Mr. Wurzelbacher’s Arizona driver’s license was suspended in May, 2000, following nonpayment of a court-imposed fine for civil traffic violations. He lived in Arizona from 1997-2000.
Mr. Huckabee said that Mr. Wurzelbacher only asked a question when Mr. Obama happened to stop by his current neighborhood a week ago. Mr. Huckabee asked how Mr. Wurzelbacher felt about the scrutiny he’d received.
“It actually upsets me,” Mr. Wurzelbacher said. “I am a plumber, and just a plumber, and here Barack Obama or John McCain, I mean these guys are going to deal with some serious issues coming up shortly. The media’s worried about whether I paid my taxes, they’re worried about any number of silly things that have nothing to do with America. They really don’t. I asked a question. When you can’t ask a question to your leaders anymore, that gets scary. That bothers me.”
Mr. Wurzelbacher confronted Mr. Obama over his tax proposals, asserting that the Democratic nominee’s plan would tax him more if Mr. Wurzelbacher bought a plumbing business.
In the course of their conversation, Mr. Obama said, “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success, too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
I loved that little jab about his driver’s license. I mean, you know, as long as they’re ticking off the various personal hit jobs on Wurzelbacher since he dared make things mildly uncomfortable for Obama, might as well stick one more in there.
I pity the next poor soul who gets up the nerve to ask Obama a question that doesn’t begin with, “Senator, given your immense popularity, impending presidency, and rugged good looks…”