Joe the Plumber strikes back at media brickbats

Joe Wurzelbacher is joining the quixotic effort to remind the frenzied media army descending on him that all he did was ask a question. (Video from Fox News via Gateway Pundit.)

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…”


2 thoughts on “Joe the Plumber strikes back at media brickbats

  1. michelle2005

    He didn’t just “ask a question”…and then the media pounced. He made the talk show circuit. If he wanted to stay away from the media, then he would not have gone on the talk shows.

    Now that some of his “skeleton’s” are out of the closet…he complains. That makes about as much sense as Palin letting us all know she wants the media to lay off her children (which I totally agree with)….but, she parades them in front of the cameras. This is not rational thinking at all.

  2. Charlie Post author

    Well, yes, actually that’s exactly how it happened. He asked a question and went home. A bystander who got the exchange on tape put it on YouTube, where it went viral. Not because of Wurzelbacher’s question, but because of Obama’s disturbingly frank answer. That night Obama tried to backtrack when that answer of his came up and “spreading the wealth around” threatened to put a speed bump on his smooth road to coronation, but the phrase stuck.

    Since obviously it was impossible to cry “misquote” when Obama himself was on tape saying it, the only option left was to divert attention to Wurzelbacher himself and hope that everyone would forget about “spreading the wealth around” until after the election.

    The Joe the Plumber talk show circuit didn’t happen until after he’d been shredded in the media. No one in the media even called him until after the “spreading the wealth around” answer caused Obama so much sweating during the debate. If Obama had taken the opportunity on the rope line to hand Wurzelbacher the same gobbledegook with which he tried to erase his chosen answer later, that would have been the last we’d ever hear of it or him; we never even would have found out his name.

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