No sooner did Joe the Plumber become a folk hero for conservatives, articlating the Republican message on the economy and job creation better than our party’s presidential nominee, than he becomes subject to rabid attacks from the left.
Kind of sounds like the hazing we go through when we come out to our gay friends as conservatives.
They ridicule him for not having a license without bothering to mention that in Ohio, “he only needs [one] for commercial work, not residential work.“Â And they bring up his tax lien.
Ol’ Doc Sullivan is even making an issue of the fact that Joe is not his first name.Â Turns out it’s his middle name.Â Given that Daniel is my middle name, guess Andrew’ll be coming after me for having all (but a handful) of my friends call me Dan or Daniel.
Tom Elia observes that Joe’s getting “the treatment” for criticizing “a Chicago Democrat running for president.”Â Jim Geraghty spells out that treatment:
This is the way our opponents operate now. Destroy anyone who stands in your way. Humiliate them. Make sure that anyone else who ever wants to skeptically question Barack Obama knows that every last bit of their dirty laundry will be aired for all the world to see. Bristol Palin, Trig Palin, â€” hey, it’s all fair game. They’ve got to make an example of them. Show them that this sort of dangerous speech won’t be allowed in the New America
As Glenn Reynolds observes, the media have “done more investigations into Joe the Plumber in 24 hours than they’ve done on Barack Obama in two years.”
Just as we gay Republicans find our views more closely scrutinized more regularly savaged* than those of our gay peers who toe the left-wing line.
UPDATE:Â Greg Pollowitz:Â “I can almost guarantee there will be far more national MSM coverage of Joe’s tax problems than there was of Charlie Rangel’s “no hablo” tax defense.”Â Sad truth of media bias, critic of the media’s anointed candidate gets less scrutiny the the Democratic chaiman of the House Committee which writes our tax laws.Â And the tax problems of the latter are more relevant to his work.
UP-UPDATE: Michelle Malkin writes: “But Team Obama will grasp at any straw to bring this guy down.” Read the whole thing!
More updates after the jump.
UP-UP-UPDATE: JTPDS** sets in. From a Corner reader:
the way the pro-Obama media and bloggers, and Obama himself, have responded to Joe has got me nearly shaking with rage. They are attempting to destroy a man â€” a private citizen â€” who had the audacity to ask The One a question. Mind you, Joe was on his front lawn playing football with his son when Obama strolled up to give him his hopenchange spiel. Obama approached Joe, not the other way around. And Joe asked Obama an honest question. And Obama gave him an honest â€” and very, very revealing â€” answer. Again, mind you, the embarassment was on Obama’s end, not Joe’s. It wasn’t a gotcha question.
And yet, for that Joe is being pilloried, every aspect of his private and professional life being sorted through and exposed. To prove … what? What does that have to do with Obama’s answer? What does Joe’s situation have to do with Obama’s philosophical answer â€” that he wants to “spread the wealth”? Obama’s answer goes down the memory hole while the nation concentrates its fire on obliterating Joe the Plumber.
Yeah, just like a gay Republican, pilloried for challenging the orthodoxy.
UP-UP-UP-UPDATE:Â Is this why the left hates Joe so?
Why is this guy such a threat to Obama and the left? Because he’s the only guy who has dared to use the word that Obama fears most: Socialism. And he explained it in a way that millions of middle Americans can understand. He’s an unapologetic supporter of his country and the American spirit and wants to see success rewarded and not punished by excessive taxation. And to Joe, and millions of other Americans, it doesn’t matter whether that success is a small plumbing company or Microsoft.
*Revised as per this comment.
**Joe the Plumber Derangement Syndrome.