This is a very specific issue that I haven’t noticed on any other JTP thread, so apologies if it’s just my inattentiveness, but it seems that I’ve heard complaints from Pubbies the last few days IRL (and, I think, from McCain himself on TV though I’ve got no cite handy–will chase on demand) that Obama has done something scurrilous by putting poor JTP in the spotlight, exposing him to inquiries about his licensure (and lack thereof), back taxes, etc.
Three letters: WTF?
OBAMA made Joe a public figure? No, Obama answered his (mostly lying) question on the stump, where he would have faded promptly back into obscurity but for McCain’s making him into a public figure, subject to media investigation, by invoking his name a few dozen times on national TV in a debate.
Is this just Pubbie RO? Or is this perhaps the most blatant example of Pubbies complaining bitterly about a problem they’re 100% responsible for causing? When a guy’s a public figure, the gloves are off, and his life is subject to ruination. If he didn’t want to have questions raised about his business or his taxes, he should have shut his mouth in public, and if he has has any claims to privacy that are being forfeit, he has McCain to blame for that forfeiture.
Or am I completely insane?
disclaimer: my grandfather’s name was Joe and he was a plumber, but he paid his taxes and held a license.