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What Joe the Plumber Has Done

If John McCain were a communicator of the caliber of Ronald Reagan (or even Bill Clinton or Barack Obama), he might have been better able to make the case why conservative policiess can both help us get out of the current financial mess as they make it easier for the average citizen to realize the American dream.

Joe the Plummer has done a better job articulating how Democratic economic policies make it ever more difficult for us to realize that dream than has the Republican presidential nominee. And in terms which the average voter can more readily understand.

That’s not the only thing he has done. The contempt the Democratic nominee seemed to show for Joe’s concerns (as well as his team’s mockery of this outspoken citizen) reminds us of the contempt he had previously shown for small-town Americans: “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

In short, Joe the Plumber reminds the GOP of the strengths we have in the presidential race, an economic philosophy, particularly on taxes, more in tune with that of the average voter and an opposition candidate out of touch with those voters.

If McCain and Palin can follow Joe’s lead and hammer home that message in the next two weeks, they’ll have a fighting chance in November.  That part is up to them (and their speechwriters).  But, the damage to Obama may already have been done.  About three weeks before people vote, they see yet another reminder of the Democrat’s arrogance and condescension.

Whether that will be enough to overcome Obama’s financial advantage, the media’s base in favor of the Democrat and the electoral dynamics of the year (which s “out” party) is yet to be seen.  As an optimist, I have to believe it will help.

ADDENDUM:  Make sure to check out Michael Barone’s two posts on the topic:  Can Joe the Plumber Turn It Around for John McCain? and Joe the Plumber Gives McCain a Chance to Overtake Obama.

What Joe the Plumber Shows Us About the Left

In “their rabid character assassination” as Ed Morrissey puts it, of Joe the Plumber, “a man who did nothing more than ask a question,” Obama supporters and their allies in the media remind us (yet again) of the tactics of all too many on the left.  Instead of challenging their conservative, independent or just plain non-orthodox leftists critics on the plain of ideas, they dredge up whatever they can find in an attempt to destroy our credibility.

They just get upset with anything which upsets their narrative.

They don’t want to investigate Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac because such an investigation might undermine their narrative that deregulation and Wall Street greed prompted the mortgage meltdown.  When conservative suggest that government programs might have precipitated the mess, for example, one leading Democrat accused such heretics to the media narrative of racism.

Similarly, when Joe the Plumber upset the Obama campaign’s middle-class narrative, Joe Biden savaged the citizen because his team “simply can’t tolerate an outspoken citizen successfully painting the Democratic ticket as socialist overlords.

What is it about those on the left, including some very intelligent and thoughtful people, who get whipped into a frenzy any time anyone takes issue with their ideas?  What accounts for their repeated attempts at character assassination of their critics?

I doubt we’ll find the answer in studying their worldview, but we might it by studying their character and considering their hysteria.  The answer has more to do with their psychology than their adversaries’ politics.

Perhaps, we won’t arrive at understanding their mania, but we do know this one thing:  when someone emerges onto the national stage who challenges the narrative of the left, all too many liberals, along with a number of hangers-on in the MSM, will all but ignore his points and attack his person.

UPDATE:  Media spend more time investigating Joe’s tax problems than Barack Obama’s.  In what kind of nation, do the media investigate critics more than candidates?

UP-UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh: The media  “just can’t stand it because Joe the Plumber caused Obama to screw up. Joe the Plumber caused Obama to actually give it up on what his campaign is really all about.” Read the whole thing!

UP-UP-UPDATE:  Iowahawk:

Joe simply had the temerity to speak truth (or, if you prefer, an uninformed opinion) to power, for which the politico-media axis apparently determined that he must be humiliated, harassed, smashed, destroyed. The viciousness and glee with which they set about the task ought to concern anyone who still cares about citizen participation, and freedom of speech, and all that old crap they taught in Civics class before politics turned into Narrative Deathrace 3000, and Web 2.0 turned into Berlin 1932.0.

(H/t: Glenn.)

Peggy’s Osmotic PDS?

Yesterday, I ran into a friendly (and quite attractive) acquaintance.  After greeting each other, I asked him about his plans for the weekend.  He told me he would be seeing W, the Oliver Stone hit-film maligning the incumbent Republican President of the United States.

His eagerness to see the film reminded me how many of my peers in the Hollywood area harbor harsh opinions of Republicans.   How much easier it would be socially to hide my opinions (as I once tried to do) or to subscribe to theirs.

Experiencing that exchange shortly after completing my post on Peggy Noonan’s column attacking Republicans in general and Sarah Palin in particular, I wondered if this Manhattan-based writer had, as if by osmosis, absorbed the anti-Palin prejudices of her New York City peers.

So much of her criticism of conservatives seem lifted from the talking points of the left.

Not just that, the woman who faults Palin for not understanding the lines in her own speeches (where does she get that nation?) had not too long ago noted the emptiness of Obama’s rhetoric.  She observed that when you read the transcript of his speeches, “that is, when you remove Mr. Obama from the words and take them on their own–you see the speech wasn’t all that interesting, and was in fact high-class boilerplate.”

So, I wonder if Peggy’s associations with a left-leaning set have caused her to forget her past criticisms of Barack Obama and focus on the flaws of the latest bête noire of her peer group?

UPDATE:  Over at Ace, a must-read response to Peggy.  Read the whole thing!

Three Democratic Scandals, Minimal Media Coverage

Welcome Instapundit Readers!

Remember back in 2006. all the talk of scandals involving House and one Senate (later cleared) Repubilcans?  So saturated were the media with coverage of their misdeeds that even now two years later, I can rattle off their names of the supposed miscreants, Mark Foley, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Bob Ney, Tom DeLay and Conrad Burns.

Yet, how many Americans, outside those who read conservative blogs, check ABC News or live in Tim Mahoney’s Florida district have heard of that Congressman’s problems as well as those of his House colleagues Robert Wexler and Charles Rangel?

Not to mention that Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus whose leader, Speak Nancy Pelosi vowed “to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history,” had “been working with Mahoney to keep the matter from hurting the candidate’s re-election campaign.”

Oh, yeah and given the recent mortgage meltdown, let’s not forget the “Subprime Six,” the five Democrats (and one Republican), including Christopher Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and Kent Conrad, Chairman of the same institution’s Budget Committee, who got sweetheart mortgage deals from Countrywide before that lending institution’s collapse.

I guess Democratic scandals just aren’t newsworthy.

UPDATE:  The media which excel at misrepresentations of Republican campaign events ignore misdeeds of Democratic elected officials.

UP-UPDATE:  Glenn has more on Dodd’s mortgage problems, that Democrat’s failure to release the details of his sweetheart mortgage deal–and the free pass he’s getting from the media.