Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hope springs eternal

at FD. First, there's the set-up:

Then there's Reality's vicious drop-kick to the crotch:
"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." (emphasis mine)
The Keating Five? Oh, that Keating Five.

"Joe the Plumber" aka Joe Wurzelbacher, is related to Charles Keating's son-in-law, Robert Wurzelbacher. And Joe doesn't have a plumbing license. And he's not even registered to vote.

Memo to GOP strategists: if you're going to plant operatives at Obama rallies, at least find people whose suspiciously partisan backgrounds can't be Googled in 3.2 seconds. (Note to FDers: D'oh!)


OOPS! UPDATE II: Mea culpa. It appears this guy isn't related to Keating after all. (Changed link to C&L where the original link was posted, in case they update.) Nothing to see here! D'oh! (h/t BJD in the comments)

Also there's this -- the primary source of this story is a known hoaxster.

But my original point still stands -- given that Joe the Plumber has a last name that prompted speculation about the Keating Five, he is anything but helpful to McCain, and it was a mistake to feature him in the debate.

(h/t JA Baker)