Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Julio Osegueda: A Democratic, Real Joe the Plumber

I just saw Julio Osegueda on Countdown - he was the enthusiastic Edison State College student who asked the final question at President Obama's town hall meeting, earlier today, in Fort Meyers, Florida.

And what a wonderful town hall meeting it was. Obama kissing Henrietta Hughes on the cheek, after she asked him for help in getting a place to live, Julio jumping up and down at the end, so thrilled to be able to ask the President a question. Real emotion, real people. It has to be moving, heartening, inspiring after eight years of the fake compassion the Republicans like to dole out.

Julio's a communications major (yes!), and a Yankee fan, too! My wife said he's the Democratic Joe the Plumber, the real Joe the Plumber. Julio's the real thing, not the ersatz plumber, the deadbeat, that Republicans sprung on America in the campaign season, and some media continue to give a microphone to now.

This, in a nutshell, is the enduring difference, at least in our age, of Democrats and Republicans. Neither is a perfect political party, and there are good and bad politicians in each. But whereas Republicans deal with make-believe heroes, and try to get us to worry about make-believe threats, the Democrats at least work in reality. Real people, real hope. There's just nothing else like it.

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