Thursday, November 20, 2008

Yet More Joe The Plumber

In any event, there’s trouble. Right here in River City, Trouble that starts with T, rhymes with P, and that stands for “Plumber”. Joe the Plumber.

In particular, Ohio Inspector General Thomas Charles has found “no legitimate business purpose” to Obama fundraiser Helen Jones-Kelley’s search of Wurzelbacher’s personal records.

So far, he’s declined to state what’s obvious to all – that this was a politically motivated hit job.

Strickland, on the other hand, is refusing to fire Jones-Kelley, instead choosing to suspend her for a month.
“However, Strickland said in a statement that he valued Jones-Kelley's contributions and issued a directive to more fully protect access to confidential information the state holds on Ohioans.”
Hmmm. Values her contributions in abusing her authority for political gain. That sounds like good, clean government practice, now doesn’t it? it’s never too late to turn a blind eye to corruption, as long as the right people are the targets of the abuse.

The DC Examiner asks the obvious, but ominous question – “What did Strickland know, and when did he know it?”, also drawing a parallel to Eliot Spitzer’s Troopergate scandal.

Note to the commenters in the Boston Globe piece linked above: if McCain and his campaign was smart enough to plant JTP to trip up Obama, he’d have won the election.

The plot thickens, the vultures muster, the shadows lengthen, and bad writers overload their metaphor mixmasters with clichés.