Thursday, October 16, 2008

I am not Joe the Plumber

I only have a minute to blog this morning, but I have to say that every time McCain and Obama addressed their debate responses directly to "Joe The Plumber," any relevance their responses had for me fell away.

It was a canny strategy on McCain's part because it seemed folksy and jovial but actually framed the responses withing the perspective of senior, older male business owners. Employees, women, young families, twentysomethings just starting out--we were left in the cold. And then Obama was forced to adopt the frame as well.

I thought Obama did a good job but if he had steered the conversation to women's issues more often (as he did with McCain's vote against Equal Pay legislation) McCains glaring deficencies on the issues I care about most would have been more evident. I just want Election Day to arrive. But I think we Moms should find a way to shout from the mountain tops I AM NOT JOE THE PLUMBER.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Karen Maezen Miller said...

I am the plumber but I am not Joe the plumber, because Joe is worried about making more than $250,000 a year. I am the cook, but I am not Joe the cook. I am the gardener, the dog walker, the laundress, the builder, the fixer, the electrician, the educator, the driver, the writer, but not the one named Joe.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

yes, but I was wondering if we landed here, with Joe the Plumber, because of Sarah Palin & "Joe Six-Pack." Because she was basically with phrase flirting (using her sexuality to attract male voters) and McCain wants to talk to Joe, but can't flirt with him, so instead we have a substitution: Joe the Plumber.
I'm not him either. Joe needs better things to be worried about -did you read Kyla's post today?

3:05 PM  

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