The press has breathlessly reported that Joe the Plumber, a private citizen who impudently asked Obama an embarrassing question, has tax liens. This is important information and the public has a right to know. People with tax liens have no place engaging in our public discourse, even at a rope line.
Obama’s campaign treasurer also has tax liens? Yawn. How could it serve the public good to report that?
UPDATE: McCain comments:
Last weekend, Senator Obama showed up in Joe’s driveway to ask for his vote, and Joe asked Senator Obama a tough question. I’m glad he did; I think Senator Obama could use a few more tough questions.
The response from Senator Obama and his campaign yesterday was to attack Joe. People are digging through his personal life and he has TV crews camped out in front of his house. He didn’t ask for Senator Obama to come to his house. He wasn’t recruited or prompted by our campaign. He just asked a question. And Americans ought to be able to ask Senator Obama tough questions without being smeared and targeted with political attacks.