Joe the plumber is . . . racist

by Michael O. Allen on October 15, 2008

His tone dripping with condescension, the man that Sen. John McCain brought up in the final presidential debate could barely contain his dislike for Sen. Barack Obama, finally, calling him Sammy Davis Jr at the end of the interview.

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Todd Drew October 16, 2008 at 7:42 AM

Yeah, this Joe character is a racist and, apparently, pretty darn wealthy. Thanks to CBS News for giving us the rich white guy’s view. We don’t hear enough of that in this country, do we?

Bryan Sells October 16, 2008 at 8:41 AM

I’m glad you brought this up, Michael. I think this was incredibly irresponsible reporting. Joe the Plumber was portrayed as an Everyman Swingvoter, and he’s clearly not. He’s a partisan Republican. He holds some fairly extreme views on race, immigration, and the role of government in our lives. CBS and other news outlets should have done their homework and provided some context before giving this guys a megaphone.

That said, I thought that Obama royally screwed up his initial encounter with Joe W. while campaigning in Holland. Even I understand Obama’s tax proposals enough to know that Joe would get a tax cut, not a tax increase, under the Obama plan given what Joe told him about his plumbing business. Why did Obama think otherwise?

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