The Real Star of Last Night’s Debate is a Modern Day Super Mario

A quick assessment of last night’s debate: McCain failed to persuade anyone of anything but that he can get flustered and confused with the best of them…Obama continued to be the coolest kitty in the cathouse, floating like a butterfly but failing to sting like a bee…and Bob Schieffer proved beyond the shadow of a doubt to be this year’s best moderator, taking charge and holding the candidates to the questions as best as possible while facilitating a spirited debate.

But, the real star of last night’s debate, for better or worse, was “Joe The Plumber.” Senator McCain tried to sandbag Obama by citing a conversation Obama recently had with an Ohio constituent who was trying to own his own plumbing business after 15 years in the trade. It was a brilliant attempt by McCain to try and show that Obama’s economic policies are out of touch with the middle-class voter or – more aptly – that Obama’s policies would actually make it more difficult for middle-class people to ascend to the American dream of owning their own businesses. At the same time, he hoped to prove that Obama’s policies would actually hurt small businesses across the board – from job creation and compensation to healthcare.

The problem with America’s most heroic plumber since Super Mario and his anemic brother Luigi is that McCain’s attack became laughable . First, he overused him. Maybe he’s a cousin of the oft-mentioned Joe Six-Pack, but Joe The Plumber quickly became a tired source of conversation. Which brings up the second reason: McCain misrepresented Obama’s policies. McCain looked utterly stunned when Obama replied that the fine for not offering healthcare in Joe The Plumber’s business would be “Zero” (because the plan has an exemption for businesses of that size). McCain and his Joe analogy suddenly lost credibility, meaning that every time Joe The Plumber bobbed back to the top of the bowl, he floated there idly with the stench of a failed strategy looming.

Joe The Plumber is going to become a political term for the next generation (at least that’s my prediction). Sadly, it may also be a politcal legacy for Senator McCain that he wishes he could just flush away.

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2 Responses

  1. What’s even more laughable about “Joe” is that he doesn’t clock in over Obama’s 250,000 limit. His whole situation is on a hypothetical, “If I get rich” scenario. Personally, I’m so sick of your average Joe’s being used as political bargaining chips. Let’s be honest Joe, nothing about you, economically, is in concert with the Republican trickle down scheme. To say that the Republicans represent the middle class hero is the biggest fraud of all. I find so many holes in the Republican platform and this is just one of them. We want to help the middle class, but we’ll give tax breaks to the super rich. We want government to get out of the way of the economy, but have no problem in buying up your toxic mortgages. We believe that government should be small, but we have no problem in getting in your way when it comes time to a women’s right to choose for herself. The Republicans and their platform is seriously warped and what’s worse is that so many people are buying it under the guise that they represent the “average joe”. Sickening.

  2. No rebuttals. Cause I speak truth.

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