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.Â That part is up to them (and their speechwriters).Â But, the damage to Obama may already have been done.Â 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.Â As an optimist, I have to believe it will help.
ADDENDUM:Â Make sure to check out Michael Barone’s two posts on the topic:Â Can Joe the Plumber Turn It Around for John McCain? and Joe the Plumber Gives McCain a Chance to Overtake Obama.