Joe Wurzelbacher has rocketed from obscurity and into the media’s baleful gaze after Senator Obama answered his question about Obama’s stated plan to tax Americans making $250,000 a year or more. In case you missed it, here’s a snippet of the exchange as discussed on Fox News:

Both Senators McCain and Obama talked about Joe the Plumber during their last debate, leading some people to declare Joe the winner of the debate. Since the video of their discussion hit the media and Internet, Joe Wurzelbacher is getting his 15 minutes of fame, and good for him. But there is a darker side to his vault into fame — the left is directing its efforts at finding out everything it can about who Joe is.

It’s already apparent now, but just continue to watch — you’ll notice that more and more reports will come out of the media about who Joe is, all in an effort to tear him down. You may even hear some of these attacks repeated at work or by friends. You could discuss each attack one by one, but there’s no need. You only need to repeat one phrase:

The messenger is not the message.

It really doesn’t matter who Joe Wurzelbacher is. What matters is the question he asked, the answer that Senator Obama gave him, and the clear insight into Obama’s politics. And doesn’t it strike you as odd that the political left is focusing so heavily on the questioner, when it is the answer that really matters?

UPDATE (10/18/2008 9:11:09 AM): As I expected, Joe the Plumber was addressed on the open discussion whiteboard at work. One person started listing talking points, and another pointed to them and wrote that with problems like that, “he shouldn’t be allowed” to discuss taxes.

Not allowed? Not allowed?!? It’s called Freedom of Speech, folks. Look it up, if it doesn’t sound familar to you.

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