Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

Joe the Plumber could only speak at an Obama rally

I was reading, over on Daily Kos, how Joe the Plumber stood up John McCain. At a rally, McCain asked him to stand up, but he wasn't there. Indeed, 2/3 of the crowd were bussed in to inflate McCain's puny numbers. But not Joe.

For a couple of weeks, something has been bothering me about the whole story. Not that Joe (who isn't named Joe) the Plumber (who isn't licensed to be a plumber) would have his taxes raised (he owes back taxes). But that he had to raise these issues at an Obama rally.

Bush is a coward, and hasn't spoken to an unvetted person in years. When he was running for president, both times, he established "free speech zones" so that real people couldn't ask him questions or boo in the wrong places for tv.

McCain, for many years doing really well with "Town Hall" meetings, has abandoned the format he practically invented. It's very hard for an average Joe to ask him a non-talking point question. McCain is adopting W's campaign tactics as well as his politics. He has fallen so far.

Joe the Plumber had to go to Obama for answers. Which he got. Obama spent several minutes talking to him.

Joe is entitled to his opinion about the candidates, but it's clear, again, that Barack Obama listens and it's clear Barack Obama knows his stuff.

Tonight, I'll be at the Clinton/Franken rally at the Mpls Convention Center. It'll be raucus, but fun. I hope to take pictures and do some interviews. It would be nice if I could talk to the candidates and/or Bill Clinton, but I'm not holding out for that honor.

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