There was a point in the McCain campaign this fall that, if your olfactory nerves were still in gear after two years of BS and gasbaggery, reeked of desperation and perhaps, even doom, for the Senator from Arizona and his Pitbull with Lipstick. It is when he enlisted “Joe the Plumber” as a tour surrogate and symbol of the American “everyman.” Plucked out of obscurity, Joe Wurzelbacher was the reluctant hero of the GOP. Meanwhile, McCain’s opponents skewered him as the court jester of a campaign that manipulated hardhats and hardheads in a selfish attempt to drag the country back to the 1950’s.
In the fatigue of what could be seen as the longest if not one of the ugliest presidential campaigns in recent times, McCain’s opponents have become publicly more gracious — most is forgiven. This is evidenced in the soft analysis in the media, steered really, by the conciliatory tone of the incoming Obama Administration. Not to be outdone, former McCain campaign spokeswoman Nicole Wallace, in not the first example of big name puffery for The Daily Beast, so humbly talks about the “grace” of McCain and George W. and Laura in the wake of the losses.
Not everyone is buying the spin. Turns out this is one clog of bull Joe the Plumber can’t bring himself to flush:
Politico reports that Joe Wurzelbacher isn’t a huge fan of the man who made him famous. He told conservative radio host Glenn Beck that he felt “dirty” after “being on the campaign trail and seeing some of the things that take place.”
“I honestly felt even more dirty after I had been on the campaign trail and seen some things that take place. It was scary, man,” Wurzelbacher said. He told Beck he asked McCain “some pretty direct questions” about the bailout, and wasn’t pleased with the response. “They appalled me, absolutely. You know, I was angry. In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him.”
Curiously, he’s not turning up his nose to Sarah — who has become the everyman hero in the wake of disaster:
While Wurzelbacher was critical of McCain, he gushed about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “Sarah Palin is absolutely the real deal,” he said.
You know, I only got to spend a short amount of time with her but, you know, it was been asked if I felt any presence when I was with John McCain or Barack Obama. You know, with Sarah Palin, I don’t want to say I felt a presence but she definitely had energy and she definitely went to work for American people, and it disgusts me on how often they try to bash her just for her sincerity. It’s just, you know, she really wants to work for America and I mean, I wish people would listen to her and let them, and let her work for us. You know, she wants to serve us. She’s not looking for power.”