Saturday, October 25, 2008

McCain Campaign is a "Ball of Confusion"

I had a long day of phone banking for Indiana.

Very productive and busy, so I am here cruising Daily Kos, but ran across one of the most pathetic stories, I had to laugh.

Title: Let the Wild Charges Begin: McCain Campaign Insinuates Joe the Plumber's Private Records Were Illegally Breached as "Political Retribution" by the Obama Campaign, Compares it to Watergate

No shit, Joe the Plumber now is on the level of the most famous break in that took down a President?

Wow. I am dumbstruck.


"Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate. Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department. It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver's license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business."

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery participated in a conference call set up by the McCain campaign to chat about this. (You can listen to the call HERE.)

I wrote about "Joe the Plumber". His story was compelling, full of lies, innuendo and make believe, that the once lovely press parked on his lawn was immediately dismissed when his real life was unwound on the internet and eventually on network and cable television.

The McCain Campaign is now insinuating that it is the Obama Campaign that is breaching "Joe's" privacy? What about John McCain throwing "Joe" into the spotlight? What responsibility does he bear?

I am now going to state this, fully, I thought this was going to be a very hard fought, bite nails, oxygen sucking campaign, but right now every day is a circus and I end up laughing my ass off.
"All Joe the Plumber did is ask a question," Giuliani said, giggling. "That should not open American citizens to having -- if this happened -- their private records probed because of some sort of political retribution. And if this is the way an Obama administration is going to conduct itself, the American people should know this before the fact."

When a reporter asked if there was any evidence that these records were breached by anyone with a political agenda, Giuliani said, "If this were someone on the Republican side you would not be asking the question." He said the inspector general needed to get to the bottom of why the information was sought.

As hard fought and tough Giuliani want to be to defend "Joe's" privacy, what there is of and his dignity, folks have already made their minds up about "Joe". Primarily, that "Joe" is another element of the McCain Campaign bag of gimmicks. Joe was taken out of obscurity and dropped onto the national stage, bad taxes, lies and all, but the end result is that the McCain Campaign needed an image, symbol for all of us "Joe's and Joesetta's" out here.

To now point a finger at the Obama Campaign for nitpicky bullshit, a.k.a. distraction, all I can type is that this is one dog that won't hunt. Whenever the McCain Campaign can figure out that issues in this campaign is front and center and not tricks, diversions, wedge issues, the public is willing to listen. Until then, that "McCain Noise" is going in one ear and out another.

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