Originally Posted by BRussell
I have to say, I think that getting into Joe the Plumber's personal life and business is pretty distasteful ... because I didn't think anyone would ever know, and then people all over the country get into my personal life. Yuck.
Sam/Joe was more than happy to talk about his personal life nationally before the debate. Here he is on fox early in the week
talking about himself and his life in detail, even though a lot of what he's saying is, we now know, exaggerated.
Sam/Joe made a national issue out of his own personal life. He is the one who repeatedly used his (exaggerated) personal details to push an agenda in the national press.
What gets me most about it is that I don't see how anyone who watches the actual footage
of Obama's conversation with this guy can come away thinking it's going to hurt Obama. Even if you disagree with Obama, you can't watch that and think anything but that Obama took this guy's question seriously and tried to answer it honestly. The righties latched onto one off-hand comment about "spreading the wealth," which I didn't even catch when I first watched it a few days ago, because Obama otherwise explained in detail his tax proposals. It was a good moment for Obama, not a bad one.
Indeed. The title in the reddit submission before the debate: "Plumber asks Obama spontaneous question. Obama spends four minutes giving him a detailed, cogent, respectful answer. Good stuff."
The point was that Obama can actually talk about the issues in detail and respectfully even to people who disagree with him, and that it's refreshing to see a nice, adult debate between a politician and a citizen.
Of course, it turns out that Sam/Joe was just trolling, and he immediately turns around and starts doing sensationalist interviews making claims about himself that aren't entirely true, and the McCain campaign used him as a poster boy for their agenda. And, frankly, the combination of it happening so quickly and Sam/Joe being so completely on message makes it absolutely reek of being manufactured.
The whole incident illustrates exactly how far the republican party has devolved into a hodgepodge of fanatical infants.