Wake-Up Call: Joe the Plumber

  • “After starting off comfortably,” McCain “seemed increasingly inconsistent and testy as the debate wore on” (New York Times). Obama was “cool” — but “sometimes too cool, answering McCain’s teeth-gritting attacks with a grin that seemed more amused than offended” (Boston Globe). Meanwhile, it was “Joe the Plumber” who became the real “focus” of the debate (AP).
  • Early “instant polls of voters gave the night to Obama” (Los Angeles Times). According to CNN’s polling, Obama beat McCain by almost two-to-one. And in CBS’ poll of undecided voters, Obama won by an even bigger margin: 53-22% (Newsweek).
  • Obama released a new TV ad on nat’l cable today, noting that McCain “may not be George Bush,” but voted with him “90% of the time” (release).
  • The RNC is “pulling presidential ads” from both WI and ME, and instead focusing “on more traditional ‘red’ states” such as CO, MO, IN, and VA (Bangor Daily News).
  • To accommodate Obama’s half-hour ad buy on Fox 10/29, Major League Baseball “has agreed to move the start time of World Series Game 6 by about 15 minutes” (Hollywood Reporter). The RNC responded: “Not only is Obama putting politics before principle, he’s putting it before our national pastime” (release).
  • Although he says “there’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) predicted that Obama “is going to win” the state (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
  • Sacramento Co. GOP leaders have removed “offensive material” from their website that sought to link Obama to Osama bin Laden and “encouraged people to ‘Waterboard Barack Obama'” (Sacramento Bee).
  • The NRSC has decided to pull its TV advertising out of LA — “a decision that drastically reduces the party’s chances at its lone takeover opportunity” (“The Fix“).
  • Triumph the Insult Comic Dogmade an appearance” in Spin Alley following last night’s debate, “playing the role of the plunger-wielding, ‘Joe the Plumber'” (FoxNews.com). Meanwhile, the real Joe the Plumber called his multiple mentions at the debate “surreal” (New York Post).
  • Unfortunately, DC public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee already “fell asleep” by the time she was mentioned in last night’s debate (Wake-Up Call! sources).
  • “I am disgusted by the baseless allegation that I am a vegetarian” — MT GOV candidate Roy Brown (R), on the issues you’re forced to deal in a “meat-loving state” (Helena Independent Record).
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thought it was “totally awesome” that he was mentioned on “Gossip Girl” this week, even though it took his staff “a couple tries” to explain “the significance” (Roll Call).
  • After “four or five piles of dog feces” were spotted on the new Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge linking Council Bluffs and Omaha, parks officials are considering “placing feces bags at the entrances” (Omaha World-Herald).
  • “I’d like to knock some good sense into Barack. … I wouldn’t hurt him. But if he wins the election, he’ll hurt me. He’s a cultural terrorist” — “actorStephen Baldwin (New York Daily News).

3 thoughts on “Wake-Up Call: Joe the Plumber

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  2. I really do not see what the big deal is on joe the plumber, and how did the media single out this guy since there are dozens of actual sites with company names of “Joe the plumber”?

    Try doing a search in google and there are loads of them, but I bet the servers for these joe the plumber sites are getting strained by the unrealistic media buzz on a political joke by McSame.

    And the whole debate was a joke, heads they win, tales we lose, just politics as usual.

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