After a false start — www.eisenstadtgroup.com seems to be a hoax — I can’t definitively link Joe Plumber to Charles Keating. True, his name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, and Robert M. Wurzelbacher, Jr., was Keating’s son-in-law who served prison time after his conviction in the Keating scandal. But for all I know, Wurzelbachers may be as common as Smiths up there in Toledo.
Still, after watching his interview with Katie Couric right after the debate, I do wonder who found him and how.
Joe sounds like he works for McCain, saying things like “We’ve seen who McCain is — we don’t know who Obama is” [in other words, “he ain’t from around here”].
Joe also calls Obama “well-spoken, better spoken than I am.” [“How dare he be better spoken than I am? He’s black!”]
He makes fun of Obama, portraying him as a performer who just fed him a memorized response [For a memorized response he should review McCain’s response to a question about Russia’s invading Georgia. For his “answer,” McCain simply recites a list of all the countries in the area].
Finally, Joe gets really ugly. He says “he’s almost better than Sammy Davis, Jr.”
Now that’s just insulting. Who trained Joe? Apparently he took a logic course in plumber’s school; note his appropriate use of the concept of slippery slope in the transcript below of his October 16 interview with Diane Sawyer: “I mean, $250,000 now. What if he decides, well you know $150,000, you’re pretty rich too. Let’s go ahead and lower it again. You know it’s a slippery slope. When’s it going to stop?”