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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, October 17, 2008

She can't tell right from left

Joe the Plumber, your 15 minutes are coming to a rapid close. Better call your agent.

In the last 30 hours of so we've been regaled by John McCain about a hard-working Ohio plumber who says he won't be able to buy his business because of Barack Obama's tax package.

But since McCain trotted out Mr. Everyman, a few unpleasant facts have come to light. Such as Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher is not a licensed plumber and therefore ineligible to buy the business -- at least if he wants to work with wrenches and not computers.

And Mr, Wurzelbacher does have a tax issue -- he owes them.

The latest, still in rumor and most intriguing of all, is that Mr. Average Joe is not so average. Reports have been flying around that Wurzelbacher is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher, who in turn is the son-in-law of Charles Keating. You remember him: the banker who did time for looting a savings and loan, the banking crisis of the 1980s that bears closest resemblance to our financial mess today.

You know, the guy who provided free vacations to John and Cindy McCain.

Naturally the right is a tad unhappy with others doing the vetting the McCain camp should have done. Michelle Malkin questions the connections and its relevance and blames the left wing blogosphere for perpetrating another outrage.

Perhaps Ms. Malkin shoud read blogger Martin Eisenstadt's bio:
Political strategist and conservative analyst Martin Eisenstadt is a senior fellow at the The Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy and Founder and President of the influential Eisenstadt Group. An expert on Near Eastern military and political affairs, Mr. Eisenstadt works alongside Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, offering advice and liaising with the Jewish community in particular. Prior to that, he consulted on the Rudolph Giuliani campaign, as well as numerous corporate and multinational organizations on issues of security and policy development. Mr. Eisenstadt has been an influential voice in Near Eastern policy debate for over a decade.
Doesn't sound like one of ours Michelle. You'll have to do better than this. Hey, maybe the New York Times or Washington Post will bail you out and debunk the connection.

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