Joe the Plumber Admits The Truth

UpDate III:  Joe the Plumber thinks Social Security is a joke.

It seems that Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is a registered Republican.  Surprise!  He voted in his first primary on March 4, 2008, registering as a Republican.  In fact, the gang at DailyKos found that every single Wurzelbacher in the Milford and Cincinnati area contributes to the Republican Party.

UpDate IV:  Joe “the Plumber” is no relation to Robert Wurzelbacher.  No connection to the Keating 5 Scandal.  Marty thought he might have had a connection there, but even Keith Olbermann on MSNBC said they were not related.

Update V:  “Joe The Plumber” Part II – The Vetting Of Joe.  Link to my new post.  With all the latest updates.  Including John McCain’s new Campaign Ad featuring “Joe the Plumber.”  Latest Update about “Joe the Plumber” – from Bloomberg and more.  (use my new post link)

This is what Marty Eisenstadt uncovered yesterday on his blog:

John McCain did great tonight in the debate. But every time John mentioned “Joe the Plumber,” some of us in the campaign banged our heads against the wall. If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight. He reportedly screamed at John’s debate prep team tonight (out of earshot of reporters, of course). “You idiots – he’s related to Charles Keating… of the Keating Five scandal!” They thought they had a real live Joe Six-Pack who’s spurned Barack Obama’s tax plan. But what they forgot to do was check on Joe Wurzelbacher’s background.

Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.

Over at The Jed Report, he feels the same way I do about “Joe the Plumber”, but he found some interesting facts out also.

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CNN: On Palin’s Ties To AIP

CNN reports on Sarah Palin’s connection to, and her husband, Todd Palin’s membership in an Anti-American fringe group, the Alaska Independence Party (AIP).

David Neiwert from talks to CNN about the Alaska Independence Party. This is the group that hates our country, doesn’t like our damn flag, and they want to secede from the United States.

The GOP Mask Is Slipping – Voting Has Consequences

Bob Herbert has written an outstanding op-ed on the Republican party and about one of their great American hero’s Ronald Reagan. It talks about the deficit spending practices by the “conservatives” that Dick Cheney is quoted as saying “deficits don’t matter.” Well, maybe not to him, but the American people are paying a heavy price for that reckless mentality. Lastly, he starts off talking about the wing-nuts that would vote for McSame & Mrs. Joe Six-Pack, commonly referred to as the “Hockey Mom Extraordinaire”.

For the nitwits who vote for the man or woman they’d most like to have over for dinner, or hang out at a barbecue with, I suggest you take a look at how well your 401(k) is doing, or how easy it will be to meet the mortgage this month, or whether the college fund you’ve been trying to build for your kids is as robust as you’d like it to be.

Voters in the George W. Bush era gave the Republican Party nearly complete control of the federal government. Now the financial markets are in turmoil, top government and corporate leaders are on the verge of panic and scholars are dusting off treatises that analyzed the causes of the Great Depression.

Mr. Bush was never viewed as a policy or intellectual heavyweight. Voting has consequences.

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Palin: Waiting For The Verdict While Lawmakers Meet Secretly

Update:  Alaska lawmakers have emerged from a private session.  See details below the fold. 

Waiting… While lawmakers meet behind closed doors to read the estimated 300 page ethics report. To avoid accusations of political bias, it was ordered by lawmakers that the report remain confidential so that they could review it and also the 1,000 pages of support documentation.

The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a state commissioner to settle a family dispute. But the report, to be released Friday afternoon, is also expected to touch on whether Palin’s husband meddled in state affairs and whether her administration inappropriately accessed employee medical records.

The case has been dogged by accusations of political influence, particularly after the Democrat overseeing the case, Sen. Hollis French, predicted an “October surprise” for the McCain campaign.

As lawmakers filed into a meeting room in downtown Anchorage, they were greeted by Palin supporters wearing red clown noses and carrying balloons, cheering that the circus was in town.

Also, highlights from Mudflats about the anti-Palin group and the pressure they are putting on the council to make the report public.

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Unadulterated Anger Is Being Unloaded At GOP Rallies

The McCain/Palin Campaign has been using slander and lies to ratchet up fear and anger from the crowds; which reflects that the Republican Party strategy is to encourage these outbursts of “hate”. This is not a precedence they want to be setting. Not only does it make the Republicans look shameful by not stopping this latest trend of comments like “off with his head”, it shows the complete disregard for how dangerous this can become.An angry mob is not a pretty site to behold. This should be about embracing the GOP policies, conservative values – not a political ploy of “guilt by association” garbage. Here is what a former McCain campaign strategist had to say about it:

John Weaver, McCain’s former top strategist, said top Republicans have a responsibility to temper this behavior.

“People need to understand, for moral reasons and the protection of our civil society, the differences with Sen. Obama are ideological, based on clear differences on policy and a lack of experience compared to Sen. McCain,” Weaver said. “And from a purely practical political vantage point, please find me a swing voter, an undecided independent, or a torn female voter that finds an angry mob mentality attractive.”

“Sen. Obama is a classic liberal with an outdated economic agenda. We should take that agenda on in a robust manner. As a party we should not and must not stand by as the small amount of haters in our society question whether he is as American as the rest of us. Shame on them and shame on us if we allow this to take hold.”

Then we have Rush Limbaugh weighing in with his callers off the wall commentary, trying to get people riled up also. Here are his comments from a recent show.

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Obama Will Win By A Landslide Says Top GOP Strategist

Ed Rollins ran Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1984, so he knows a thing or two about landslides — and he’s predicting one for Barack Obama. At this point, he says the only question left to answer is whether John McCain will take the Republican Party down with him.

(H/T to Jed Report)