So Many Joes, So Little Time; Joe the Senator Prays For McCain
While Joe the Plumber is helping to get out the working-class vote for the GOP ticket in Ohio, another Joe is busy doing his part for John McCain--Joe the Senator.
Otherwise known as Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Joe the Senator is wooing the small but possibly crucial Jewish voting bloc in Ohio that McCain campaign aides hope will help them capture the battleground state.
Lieberman's face is plastered all over an eight-page glossy mailer funded by the Ohio Republican Party, which began arriving in mailboxes in primarily Jewish neighborhoods Wednesday afternoon. The cover features a large photo of Lieberman with his pal Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, both wearing yarmulkes.
"A proven record, a friend of the Jewish community, 25 years of rock-solid support for strong U.S.-Israel relations, ready to lead on Day One," the cover blares.
(The flier itself is not negative in its tone, unlike the anti-Obama mailers being sent to Ohio voters by the Republican Jewish Coalition. Those have featured graphic images of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Ayatollah Khomeini, a burning Israeli flag and large-type words: "Concerned About Barack Obama? You Should Be." Nor does it mention the latest charge leveled by McCain, that Obama cavorts with "a PLO spokesman.")
Inside, there's a photo of McCain and Lieberman, accompanied by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, inspecting "terrorist rockets" fired from Gaza into the southern Israel town of Sderot. On the back, again, there's Joe, who is quoted saying:
"As a lifelong Democrat, people often ask me, why am I supporting John McCain? There are many important issues in this campaign, but there is a central issue that is far more important than all the others: The issue of national security and the war against Islamist extremism. And I know with absolute certainty, that the most qualified candidate to be commander in chief is John McCain."
Not surprisingly, the McCain campaign and its surrogates have shied away from highlighting running mate Sarah Palin, an evangelical Christian, to Jewish voters. She is not seen in the Ohio GOP flier.
Instead, another Republican governor of an outlying state is working Ohio this week: Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, who, like Joe, is Jewish. (Who knew?)
To find out more about what may happen to Lieberman when he faces his own day of reckoning with angry Democratic colleagues after Tuesday's presidential election, click here to read the "On the Hill" column in the Loop page of today's Washington Post.
Mary Ann Akers
October 30, 2008; 9:20 AM ET
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