I was watching the Dallas Cowboys play the Cardinals at Arizona last weekend, and while I was utterly disgusted with Tony Romo’s performance (TO was on his game FINALLY), I would only change the channel when Barack Obama’s advertisements would come on. For anyone that doesn’t know by now, no matter what the Obama campaign says, that commercial about McCain’s health plan is a bold face lie. The Washington Post covered it, and I thought by now it was over and done with, but sure enough, in the middle of watching my Cowboys lose, I had to put up with this liar’s commercials. Why am I talking about this? Well McCain was also watching the same game and mentioned what both he and I saw during the debate. Barack’s condescending remark, “good for you”, wasn’t the first thing that irked me tonight as I watched the final debate between these two. A slew of bold face lies, a condescending laugh every time McCain caught him lying, and generally acting like he was already in the White House. Too bad for him that he was stopped the other day by a plumber who challenged his tax plans.
Meet Joe Wurzelbacher, a simple American, “Joe-Six-Pack” as Sarah Palin described. After years of working hard to save up, Joe can almost finally afford to buy his own business. For many, this is the American dream, for Barack Obama, this is “rich man” who can now be taxed. During their exchange, Barack turned to Joe and suggested that he ought to give up his hard earned money and “spread the wealth around”. Anyone who has ever studied the history of the Soviet Union, who has spent time studying the works of Marx and Lenin knows that this is one of the tenets of socialism. Within the first twenty, if not thirty minutes of this debate, those words would come back to haunt him. McCain jumped on it, attacking Obama’s tax plan, attacking his ideas of spending other people’s money, attacking the whole notion of raising taxes in the hard economic times we are in… What did Obama do in his defense? Laughed, laughed at every attack as if it would somehow it would make up for not having an answer. Any body language expert can tell you that this was a sign of weakness, a tell-tale defensive reaction. And the hits kept coming…
For nearly half an hour, John McCain pounded him on his economic plan, his relationship with Bill Ayers and what it said about his judgment (something Obama lied about during the debate, contrary to what others are reporting), and his absurd notion of “spreading the wealth around”, especially when he keeps talking about helping the middle class (can’t help the middle class when you are taking their money and their boss’ money and giving it to the poor). McCain went so far that he even compared this backwards mentality to Herbert Hoover’s terrible decisions made during the early years of the Great Depression. He then went on to say that all this talk about the “greedy rich” and the “struggling working folk” was class warfare, something which Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, preached (Obama sounds more Marxist with each passing day). He also turned to the camera and spoke to the people, Joe in particular, about how Obama’s plans would keep them from achieving success, the “American Dream”. His reference to Mr. Wurzelbacher being rich was in reference to “The One’s” assertions that only the rich will be taxed, something Joe found out about first hand. As McCain’s new advertisement states, Americans are finally getting it, they are starting to see that “spreading the wealth around” is going to keep them down. No matter how he swerved, Barack couldn’t get around this, and for that time he was constantly getting hit. For someone who spent the last two weeks touting his economic prowess, he sure didn’t show it last night.
I though about what the CNN news team was saying after the debate, that Obama fell flat, that his message just didn’t work last night, and they were right. After all the commercials, it seems that it is getting tiresome, that now that we know the truth behind his allegations, his claims that 95% of Americans will get a tax break (can’t be that much with one third not even paying taxes, more like increased welfare to me), is all talk, “just words” as Barack said in one of his earlier speeches. To me, reexamining the debate, it was like watching a boxing match. After the start of the first round, John McCain knocked him down twice, once on the economic recovery plan, once more on his tax plan and “spreading the wealth”, and while he didn’t get the technical knock out, the match was already over. Sure Obama did get in a few good jabs, his health plan sounded simple, and his education plan was easy to understand (though he lied about the DC superintendent only supporting charter schools, not vouchers, which even Michelle Malkin picked up on in her debate liveblog), but he didn’t have any serious connecting blows. What this came down to was simply that Barack’s efforts to stay in the fight last night was too little, too late. All they can do now is damage control.
Joe Biden came out today attacking Joe Wuzelbacher, saying that he didn’t know any plumbers named Joe, especially those making serious money. This coming from the man who can’t count the number of letters in the word J-O-B-S (it is four Joe, four letters, not three), so you can tell they were shaken up by Mr. Wuzelbacher’s words. Even Barack Obama, the guy “standing up for the middle class”, decided to attack the one of these very people. “How many plumbers do you know that make $250,000?” was one of the things he was touting at his rally today. Both him and Biden missed the point completely, that those like Joe won’t be able to make this kind of money if the economy can’t start moving again, and it won’t if their tax plans get implemented. As imperfect as Mr. Wuzelbacher is, it shows very little class to go out and attack a man of simple means simply because he doesn’t agree with your platform. What should we expect though from a person who blames Fox News for his own failings? What should we expect from a man who has had his supporters demonize McCain’s group as homicidal racists (which is contrary to what the Secret Service is saying)?
If McCain does win this, and I have confidence that Americans aren’t stupid enough to elect a man which no experience and a record of blatant anti-Americanism, it will be because of moments like this. When even the simplest of us can knock down a “giant” like Barack Obama. No matter how much damage they can do to Joe by twisting his words, no matter what they will say about him, no matter how much media coverage they give him, the damage is already done. Obama has been bloodied by the blow John McCain delivered with Joe Wurzelburger in his corner.
UPDATE: Another “Joe”, Tito (Munoz) the Builder, tearing Alan Colmes out on Fox News. Michelle Malkin has the video up on her blog, and I recommend my readers give it a watch. If Obama and Biden really cared about the “working class”, why is it that they go after the “best” of them? Here’s to hoping Tito and the millions of working Americans like him deliver the Democrats a knock-out blow on election day. Video below for those who can’t access the link…