October 16, 2008

DANNY GLOVER: The press and the plumber. They’ve done more investigations into Joe the Plumber in 24 hours than they’ve done on Barack Obama in two years . . . .

UPDATE: Related thoughts here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Alex Bensky emails: “Remember when the Clintons asked the media to lay off Chelsea and they did? I actually thought it showed that the msm were not entirely without principles or ethics. However, not only is Joe the Plumber better investigated than Obama, but we’ve heard more about Bristol Palin in the last couple of months than we heard about Chelsea during the entire Clinton administration.”

MORE: A reader emails:

The harassment of Joe the plumber is the singular biggest mistake of the Obama campaign. The MSM is making Joe a martyr. Heck, DKos just published Joe’s home address. Obama is now not only a Marxist but a Marxist bully – just another Chicago thug. America roots for the underdog and they will not take this action kindly. If Joe were a hero yesterday, wait a few days.

Obi Wan’s line in Star Wars when fighting Darth Vader comes to mind – “Strike me down and I will return more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Americans will realize what happened to Joe could easily happen to them. And they will remember this come November.

Well, we’ll know soon enough. And reader Donald Gately emails: “Joe the Plumber is the new Linda Tripp, apparently. What I find really fascinating is the fact that the media elites are treating Joe the Plumber as if he is the one who is out of step with mainstream America, while Bill Ayers is an ‘Eagle Scout’ (as per Tom Frank).” I’d missed the Tom Frank bit, but I take the point.

Plus, “exterminate all the brutes.” And also, inside the tanning-bed media. “There is a stench of desperation surrounding this, as if they sense defeat coming from a moment of honesty from Obama about his real intentions to institute a regime of redistribution. They want to discredit the man who only asked the question as if he’s some political operative who magically forced Obama to sound … well, a little like a Marxist. Why? They want to distract people from Obama’s answer by sliming the man Obama picked at random to ask a question. . . . The Tanning-Bed Media seems to feel that they have a duty to expose every last part of Wurzelbacher’s life, but that asking Obama to explain his political partnerships with Tony Rezko and William Ayers, and his long friendship and financial support of rabid demagogues Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger, are not just out of bounds but downright racist.” Whatever it takes.

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