Since the mortgage meltdown last month, I’d always thought a good number of those who then switched to Obama as the candidate of the party out of power would take a second look at the Democrat and return to the Republican fold.Â With increasing evidence of Obama’s redistributionist ethic, they have greater reason to fear the economic policies he would enact if elected.
Other voters who had long opted for Obama as a change after eight years of a Republican president, or because they were impressed by his presence or due to economic anxieties, might, in the end, have concerns about his readiness to lead.Â At the last minute, they could switch to McCain as a Democratic friend of mine switched to Bush just a few days before the 2004 general election.
With Joe the Plumber’s help, John McCain has finally found his footing on economic issues.Â That has helped him better articulate an economic message while rattling Obama supporters.Â Indeed, it caused one former Obama speechwriter, Wendy Button, to switched to John McCain.
While Button had been having doubts about the Democrats since the summer, it was the party’s treatment of Joe the Plumber which finally turned her:
The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t â€œa real plumber,â€ and â€œThey’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,â€ and the patronizing, â€œI’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.â€
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The party I believed in wouldn’t look down on working people under any circumstance. And Joe the Plumber is right. This is the absolutely worst time to raise taxes on anyone: the rich, the middle class, the poor, small businesses and corporations.
Will Joe the Plumber’s message–and the treatment he suffered from the Democrats–resonate with other Obama supporters?Â Will, in the campaign’s final days, will other less prominent supporters follow Button’s lead and switch to John McCain?
I would expect that there will be some, but wonder if it will be enough to make a difference. John McCain can only help himself–and our nation–by hitting the economic message as he has these past few days, talking about our party’s respect for the common working man and woman, how we celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship, how we resent excessive regulation and out-of-control spending.
The Republican message still resonates with the American people. We just need a good messenger.
A reader alerted me to a blog post quoting another Obama aide wary about her one-time candidate.Â Because I can’t confirm her identity, I include an excerpt from her post below the “jump.”According to this former Hillary worker, later with the Obama campaign:
I’ve come to the realization (as the campaign already has) that if this comes to the issues, Barack Obama doesn’t have a chance. His only chance is to foster disorganization, chaos, despair, and a sense of inevitability among the Republicans. It has worked up until now. Joe the Plumber has put the focus on the issues again, and this scares us more than anything.
Read her post yourself. It makes a lot of sense, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s legitimate.Â So I share it with you along with my doubts.