Joe Soptic thought he was doing good by Obama. He thought, “I support the candidate and I am flattered they want me to do an advertisement for him.” Joe, I know what the operatives told you. They told you that you were going to put Obama over the top. They said, “Your story will determine the outcome of the election.” They called you, they told you they’d cover for you. They said they’d put you on television in front of a friendly anchor and make you look great. You might have even had a short chat with people you looked up to, like David Plouffe or David Axelrod. They reassured you that it would go great. You were going to be a hero.
The dominoes were lined up. All the bloggers and journolists were alerted. This was going to be your magic moment.
That all stopped as soon as everyone fact checked the ad.
Joe, I feel for you. Looking back on it, you might have thought, “The ad wasn’t shot that way”. It may have been edited. Once you told your story and the film was in the can, you lost all control. Now, you have to face everyone. You will relive your beloved wife’s death over and over again. The right wing and left wing media scrutiny will be awful. Paparazzi looking at your private life. It sucks. No ordinary citizen should have to go through what Joe is going through now. My hope is that they will just leave you alone.
My gut tells me that Joe Soptic is just like you and me. Ordinary. Provided a middle class life for his family and had a marriage end tragically when his wife got cancer. I don’t care about his politics even though we probably don’t agree. I bet Joe would be a great neighbor and a nice guy to have a beer with, watch a game with. Except Joe got personally played by Obama.
At least when a candidate screws up, like Dukakis in his tank, he does it to himself. Joe is a pawn in the grand scheme. He was manipulated. He’s just a cog in a machine and now he is going to get run over.
This is how the elite big government types treat the middle class. They are just there to be used and discarded. Now that the ad has blown up in Obama’s face, watch the campaign throw old Joe under the bus. They will run him over. That’s what happens when the middle class puts its faith in big government instead of in their neighbors and themselves. They become discards.