Former Obama campaign speechwriter Wendy Button has made herself a cause célèbre in the Republican party with an op-ed on Tina Brown’s Daily Beast in which she announces that she’s voting for John McCain.
(BTW Tina, nice work on the launch-month buzz. She seems to have figured this interweb thing out.)
Not for nothing, but the inspiration for this Dem turncoat? Joe the Plumber! (And all those pernicious isms.)
The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”
As the nation slouches toward disaster, the level of political discourse is unworthy of this moment in history. We have Republicans raising Ayers and Democrats fostering ageism with “erratic” and jokes about Depends. Sexism. Racism. Ageism and maybe some Socialism have all made their ugly cameos in election 2008. It’s not inspiring. Perhaps this is why I found the initial mocking of Joe so offensive and I realized an old line applied: “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.”
I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that.
As side note, in the middle section of this opus there was here’s some strange praise of Sarah Palin, strange emphasis anyway:
When someone can sit on a stage during the Sarah Palin rap on Saturday Night Live, put her hands in the air and watch someone in a moose costume get shot—that’s a sign of both humor and humanity.
Overall, the piece moans about her treatment at the hands of once-inspiring pols, it dwells on her career for far too long, and leaves the impression of someone who realized there was no job for her in an Obama administration, so she might as well step outside the tent and lob some bombs.
Still, enjoy your 15 Wendy Button… if you start working for the GOP you could stretch it to 20.