Perhaps you’ve heard Gov. Palin refer to”Tito the Builder” on the trail recently (in the same bit where she calls her opponent “Barack The Wealth Spender”)?

Here’s David Corn’s encounter with Tito Munoz, who announces he is “disgusted with you guys,” for “going after Joe the Plumber” but not reporting “all the time” on Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers. And by “you guys,” Tito’s “talking about NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN. And New York Times. And Washington Post.” When Corn replies that the New York Times has had “the longest story to date about Ayers,” Tito answers, “and also another one about Cindy McCain that was probably insulting and negative.” (If, you know, Tito had to guess).

Yes, that is Byron York of National Review visible at times in the footage. Here’s York’s take on what transpired between “Tito The Construction Worker” and “David The Journalist” and what it all means. (The “real anger at McCain’s rallies,” York reports, is at the media, not at Obama). York describes “one lovely moment” in the Corn-Munoz back-and-forth (a moment absent in Corn’s footage) when:

[A] shouting match turned into a lesson on the fundamental meaning of American constitutional rights — and the immigrant was the teacher.

“Let me talk,” Munoz said to Corn. “I know the Constitution, and I know my First Amendment — ”


“I’m not the state,” Corn said. “I can’t take that right away from you.”

“No, no,” Munoz shot back. “Even the state, the state cannot take that right away.”

“Right, right,” Corn quickly agreed.

“Nobody can take that away,” Munoz said.

And indeed they can’t.

Related: Who should be the next Person With Job To Be Used As Political Pawn (er, Name-Checked On the Trail)? Vote at the Indecision2008 blog for “the next _____ the _______.” Me, I voted for “He Man The Master of the Universe.”


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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.