How 'Joe the Plumber' Could Cost Obama the Election

Isn't it interesting? It took a plumber to flush out Barack Obama's economic philosophy and make Americans realize that the Democratic candidate's ideas on taxes don't hold water.

Samuel Joseph "Joe" Wurzelbacher, the suddenly famous 34-year-old plumber from suburban Toledo, Ohio, who asked Obama a simple but apparently inconvenient question about tax policy, could possibly end up having the same game-changing effect on the 2008 elections that Shekar Ramanuja Sidarth had on the 2006 elections.

Shekar Ramanuja Sidarth?

How quickly they forget!

S. R. Sidarth, as he prefers to be called, is the person most likely responsible for ending the presidential ambitions of a rising Republican star and flipping the U.S. Senate from Republican to Democrat, thereby making Harry Reid Senate Majority Leader.

Senator George Allen (R-VA) turned near-certain re-election victory into defeat when at a campaign rally he pointed to 20-year-old college student of Asian Indian descent (Sidarth) who was following him around the state with a video camera while working for his opponent and said to the crowd: "Let's give a welcome to "macaca" here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia."

The rest of that campaign became as much about Allen vs. that young student as it was about Allen vs. Jim Webb, now Senator Webb. "Macaca," it turns out, is a word used in Europe to refer to a dark-skinned person as a monkey. To make things worse, the dark-skinned student Allen asked his supporters to "welcome to America" happened to have been born and raised in Virginia. Allen first claimed that he did not realize the word was offensive and didn't even know what it meant -- but then began apologizing with ever-increasing intensity. Allen's lead plunged, he never recovered his bearings, and he ended up losing the race he had been on track to win.

What the public saw in that exchange was an average citizen being insulted, belittled, mocked, and bullied for doing nothing more than merely differ with a political candidate in a perfectly civil manner -- and it repelled voters.

Remind you of anything going on now?

Like S. R. Sidarth before him, average citizen "Joe the Plumber," as the media dubbed him, is also being insulted, belittled, mocked, and bullied by powerful political figures. But note the astonishing difference this time around. Instead of rallying to the side of the victim, the mainstream media is instead rushing to the aid of the bullies, gleefully joining the Democrats in insulting and mocking the victim.

What we are witnessing is something that has become a predictable pattern whenever any person emerges as a perceived serious threat to the Democrats and the left in general. If they lack facts and sound arguments for making a case against that person, there is an attempt to discredit and destroy, with a blistering barrage of belittlements, without regard to whether any of it is factual. It is a deliberate strategy that they turn to again and again. Sadly, more often than not, it works. You can sum up this strategy is one word: Smear.