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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Time Has Run Out On "Joe The Plumber's" 15 Minutes of Fame!

With non answers like this, on a Fox News show no less, it's amazing this guy ever got a second of attention in the first place. Watch for Shepard Smith's response at the end of this clip.

Of course,"Joe The Plumber" has different plans:

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Blogger Maxima10 said:

Great interview by Fox News, Joe The Plumber knows enough to be dangerous, reminds me of Sarah Palin who knows enough to be dangerous and also won't answer any questions.

October 29, 2008 10:22 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

And to think that the McCain campaign actually took this clown seriously.

October 29, 2008 10:30 PM  

Blogger Sarah Michelle Spinosa said:

Wow. Are you sure you didn't get your network bugs confused? This was FOX news? ;)


October 29, 2008 11:30 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Actually not, Joe has good cause to question why Ohio State Computers were use to find background information on him.

October 30, 2008 7:45 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on "Joe the Plumber" were more extensive than it first acknowledged.

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.

Harris called the multiple records checks "questionable" and said he awaits more answers. "It's kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket," he said.

If state employees run checks on every person listed in newspaper stories as buying a business, "it must take a lot of people a lot of time to run these checks," he said. "Where do you draw the line?"

The checks were run after the news media reported that Wurzelbacher was considering buying a plumbing business with more than $250,000 in annual income, Jones-Kelley wrote.

"Given our understanding that Mr. Wurzelbacher had publicly indicated that he had the means to purchase a substantial business enterprise, ODJFS, consistent with past departmental practice, checked confidential databases ," she wrote.

"Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention which suggests that the person appears to have available financial resources, the Department risks justifiable criticism if it fails to take note and respond," Jones-Kelley wrote.

The results of the searches were not publicly released and remain confidential, she wrote. Wurzelbacher has said he is not involved in a child-support case and has not purchased any business.

Jones-Kelley wrote that the checks were "well-meaning," but misinterpreted amid the heated final weeks of a presidential election.

Wurzelbacher became a household name when Republican presidential hopeful John McCain frequently referred to "Joe the Plumber" during his Oct. 15 debate with Democrat nominee Barack Obama. The checks began the next day.

Wurzelbacher, who has endorsed and campaigned for McCain, had been caught on videotape challenging Obama about his tax proposals during a campaign visit to "Joe's" neighborhood in the Toledo suburb of Holland.

Republicans have painted the checks on Wurzelbacher as a politically motivated bid by Democrats to dig up dirt and discredit the McCain ally. The Obama campaign has said it has no ties to the checks and supports investigations.

The administration of Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland has said the information was not improperly shared and that there were no political motives behind the checks.

The Dispatch has uncovered four uses of state computer systems to access personal information on Wurzelbacher, including the child-support check authorized by Jones-Kelley.

She said on Monday that her department frequently runs checks for any unpaid child support obligations "when someone is thrust quickly into the public spotlight."

Republican legislators have challenged Jones-Kelley's reason for checking on Wurzelbacher as "frightening" and flimsy.

Jones-Kelly also has denied any connections between the computer checks on Wurzelbacher and her support for Obama. She donated the maximum $2,500 this year to the Obama campaign.

Ohio Inspector General Thomas P. Charles is investigating whether the child-support check on Wurzelbacher was legal.

A preview of the "THOUGHT POLICE" under a Obama Junta.

October 30, 2008 7:52 AM  

Blogger Maxima10 said:

I wish a rouge state agency employee would access Red Spot’s personal information and tell us who Red Spot’s elementary school English teacher was, she needs to recall Red Spot back to her elementary class and teach him to “espell”

October 30, 2008 9:42 AM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

Here's the CNN report on the reaction from the McCain campaign to Sarah Palin's comment that she's ready to take over leadership of the Republican Party after Tuesday's loss.

This has to fuel the "going rogue" talk all over again.


October 30, 2008 10:51 AM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

"Why My Former Hero Shouldn't be President." An open letter from a Naval Academy graduate and Iraqi War veteran to John McCain .....


October 30, 2008 11:02 AM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

Let's clear up the "Obama is a socialist" debate.

Last night:

LARRY KING: You don't believe Barack Obama is a socialist do you?

JOHN MCCAIN: "No, but i do believe that he has been in the far left of American politics and stated time after time that he believes in spreading the wealth around. He has talked about courts that redistribute the wealth. He has a record of voting against tax cuts. And for tax increases."

I guess Sarah Palin didn't get the memo.

October 30, 2008 11:05 AM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

Republican legislators sramble to save their jobs.

New England's lone House Republican,and co-chairman of McCain's campaign in Connecticut, Rep. Chris Shays said McCain has not run a clean campaign and is likely to lose his bid for the presidency.

"He has lost his brand as a maverick; he did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean campaign."

October 30, 2008 11:14 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Obabmabot away! I hope you're at least getting your $8 an hour!

October 30, 2008 4:19 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

People should debate Joe the Plumber if they don't agree with him.

But it should really concern everyone regardless of party or choice of candidate that a man who dared to challenge a Presidential candidate has been so viciously been savaged by the press and the Obama campaign.

Imagine if some guy came up to McCain and said "I work for a small business that provides a crappy health plan and I believe your plan will make it worse." And they called this guy "Hank the Low Level Accounting Clerk."

Then the next thing you hear is that the Republican administration of his state is accessing his tax records, driver license, etc. that Fox News and Michelle Malkin run stories that the guy isn't even a CPA, that he owes back property taxes and that when he was 12 years old he spit on the town green.

I am sure that HuffPo, Daily Kos, Olbermann, Airhead America, et al would shit their pants and be screaming from here to Babs' mansion about it.

So, if there is at least one liberal out there who is intellectually honest enough to say they are concerned about the attack on Joe the Plumber - irrespective of their personal feelings about his role or lack of role in this campaign, I'd be happier than a clam to hear it.

October 30, 2008 4:29 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

In other news, some right wingnut in the South Bay put up a Halloween hanging of B. Obama in response to WeHo Chad's Sarah Palin effigy.

As soon as they found out, the local McCain-Palin office went right over there and asked the lady to take it down, which she did.

And kudos to Mayor Jeff Prang of WeHo and an assortment of right thinking local liberals who finally got WeHo Chad to take down his Sarah Palin hung in effigy.

Freaking wack jobs out there! Good to here there are good people left on both sides.

October 30, 2008 4:32 PM  

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