Topic: "Joe Soptic" (8)
Joe the Plumber was a guy who really bugged Frodo. Given his experience even listening to the misinformation provided by this cartoon character, it is not surprising that Frodo is very hesitant to pay homage to first-person testimonials on political issues. However, when Eric Erickson, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter apparently simultaneously lose the capacity to formulate Frodo has to take a closer look.
What he learned was that Willard Mitt's speechwriter, who held the same position in behalf of John McCain, had noted that the topical former steelworker would have been eligible for affordable healthcare had he been a resident of Massachusetts and "RomneyCare," and that perhaps his wife would also have survived her terminal cancer. This in response to a soon-to-be issued advertisement chastizing Romney for the typically heartless activity which made Romney a gazillionaire in the first place. The conservative harpies attacked the employment status of the speechwriter, utilizing words like "moron" to describe the apparently unapproved statements. Almost immediately the argument was made that this was simple back-tracking by Willard Mitt, and was an approved statement after all.
By dawn's early light nearly all of the talking heads, including those routinely supporting the President, were condemning the fact that anyone would use a campaign add to purloin the reputation of a candidate. No one, Frodo supposes, remembers the "Swift Boat" assault on John Kerry.
Frodo wishes to back-up just a few entries and remind you, dear reader, he has taken the position in support of the principle that a drowning opponent should be thrown an anchor, not a life preserver. Even if, and Frodo is not so stating, there are flaws in the story, how will Coulter, Limbaugh, and Erickson clarify their positions before the American electorate?
Joe Soptic looks like a guy who has been dealt one of the bad hands evident in the lives of so many. He differs from Joe the Plumber in that he simply characterizes the thought that Willard Mitt doesn't comprehend the price that others pay when you sacrifice your soul for a few sheckels. For that reason, Frodo is comfortable with what has been said.