So here’s the thing: Remember the 1997 movie „Wag the Dog“ with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman (if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go out and vote and on your way back rent the dvd!)? The plot is about a presidential election and to boost their candidate, the campaign stategist (De Niro) let the US start a military conflict with Albania, only its all based in a film studio in hollywood, totally fictional. The media is streaming the pictures they get from the director (Hoffman) of this whole thing and the american public doesn’t look behind the scenes and believe them.
So they decide its time to bring up a person who is capable of attracting the sympathies of the american people and decide to go with a missing soldier by the name of William Schumann (Woody Harrelson). They give him the nickname „Ol‘ Shoe“ and Willie Nelson records a theme song. The campaign even sets a trend by throwing old shoes on trees, city lights and other public places.
Doesn’t this all sound very, VERY, familiar? A presidential campaign in the need of a boost, that connects them to the average american small business man, draws their sympathies? Give him a nickname and let people show up in the public wearing shirts and swinging plungers?
The McCain campaign just copied from a movie and invented their very own Good Ol‘ Shoe – Joe the Plumber! And if you know the movie, you see where this is going: in the same direction that Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher is heading – being exposed as a fraud, as a political marionette, a transmitter of McCains lies about his own and Obamas tax-plan!