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January 12, 2009

THE RIGHT'S EMBRACE OF 'JOE' THE 'PLUMBER'.... Hilzoy noted overnight that Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher has begun "reporting" from Israel, and has some insights to share. He noted, for example, that he doesn't believe journalists should be allowed to cover a war, in part because reporters "make a big deal" over events on the ground, and in part because media professionals want to "down soldiers." Wurzelbacher concluded, "I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting."

Now, most reasonable people would read this and cringe, but I couldn't help but be curious about how far-right blogs feel about Wurzelbacher pretending to be a war correspondent.

To be fair, a lot of the major conservative blogs have steered clear of this mess. There are, however, some notable exceptions. Here, for example, is Power Line:

By my estimation, [Wurzelbacher] has gotten a better handle on the situation than his supposed betters in the media. [...]

Is there any chance Pajamas can send Joe on to Beirut, Damascus and Tehran after he completes his assignment in Israel? I think he could teach the media reporting from those locales how to do it right as well.

And Patterico's Pontifications had this gem:

I know this drives liberals crazy -- they think we're rednecks. Maybe we are but I love this guy.

Atrios sets the record straight: "Conservatives persist with him because they wrongly believe he pisses liberals off. As with many such things, Joe the Plumber never pissed off liberals. What did piss off liberals was a mainstream news media who allowed some random dude who would benefit from Obama's proposed economic plan to become some sort of stand in for the everyman who Obama would be keeping from achieving success somehow. Now? We're just laughing at you, clowns."

It's true; we are. Seeing Wurzelbacher turned into a campaign prop was just sad; seeing Wurzelbacher turned into a media celebrity was ridiculous; and seeing Wurzelbacher turned into a war correspondent is farcical.

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seeing the right's embrace of this guy is just comical.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on January 12, 2009 at 1:48 PM | PERMALINK

Have you seen his website? Pure self-promotion. He's going to have a blog. He's going to sell JtP merchandising. He's going to write a book. On and on and on.

Posted by: Speed on January 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

"he doesn't believe journalists should be allowed to cover a war," - WTF does he think *he's* doing?
BTW, I heard Tripp was birthed from Bristol by a "Joe the Pediatrician" - but still no pics, no real proof the baby even exists.

Posted by: NB on January 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

You people have it all wrong. This man is brilliant. BRILLIANT! This is the most amazing display of Dada artistry since they installed urinals in museums. (The galleries, not the bathrooms. Though I guess you could argue for the latter, come the think of it.) The man is known by a name that's not his, for a profession he wasn't licensed to practice. He asked Obama about a scenario that didn't pertain to him, and complains about prospective taxes while owing them himself.

Of COURSE he is going to become a "war reporter" that criticizes war reporters for reporting on wars. Bravo!! *clap, clap, clap* Author!

Posted by: Dan on January 12, 2009 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

Steve's right: nothing annoys the right-wing more than when feign apathy at their antics and then just tell them they're clowns. I used to get mad at Coulter/Malkin/Limbaugh. Now I see them as circus clowns to amuse us and that the right takes them serious, we just makes us laugh out loud even more.

Makes them apoplectic.

Posted by: Walt on January 12, 2009 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

"I know this drives liberals crazy -- they think we're rednecks. Maybe we are but I love this guy."

I cannot help but see this as a new low for Republicans, but can they go lower?

I mean last year what if someone had suggested that the McCain circus would have a spinoff like this where a plumber who fancied himself owner of a plumbing company could latch on to the spin machine and be launched into a career as "Joe the Skinhead for Israel" - war correspondent? Is there a movie in the works yet?

Looking forward to seeing this guy on Meet the Press explaining the Middle East to David Gregory.

Posted by: Capt Kirk on January 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

"I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting."

You have to give Joe credit for a couple things. 1) He didn't have to go to five schools to get a Palinesque understanding of journalism. 2) Before long he'll be able to afford that plumbing company he's always wanted.

Posted by: Danp on January 12, 2009 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

These conservatard assclowns are abysmal at running the country, but they're always good for providing some cheap entertainment.

Posted by: Steve LaBonne on January 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

I love this quote:

"The people of Sderot "can't do normal things day to day,"

Hmm, think the people of Gaza might have that same problem? Except that their problems are compounded by the fact that they can't buy food or heat their houses. Or get medical treatment.

Posted by: fostert on January 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't he also have a country record deal shortly after the election?

In theory, I can open a conservative blog and read his war opinions, pop in his CD and have him unclog my toilet all at the same time. Now that is a Renaissance man.

Posted by: Mick on January 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

We Texans take a dim view of people denigrating honest cowboys by calling bush a cowboy. He is nothing of the sort, not just because he is scared shitless of horses and the only cattle on his ranch are the neighbor's that got through the fence, but because he never put in an honest days work in his life, lying and deceit are his modi operandi, and he's your basic cowardly bully.

Now I have to add "redneck" to the list of unjustly vilified groups. Wurlzbacher isn't a redneck. He's white trash. Rednecks got that way because of the long hours they put into farm work in the hot sun. A redneck believes in everyone getting what he works for and in basic justice, in not taking advantage of and abusing power. Trash are scum that have no moral feelings whatsoever beyond satisfying their three basic drives (food, beer, sex).

Posted by: Texas Aggie on January 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

Did Sam, er, "Joe" ever settle his back taxes? I wonder if he wanted to leave the country for other reasons?
Did he also give up on his dream of buying that $260,000 business that was gonna throw him into a higher tax bracket? Did that business even exist? Did "Joe" ever come close to actually buying it? Am I asking enough stupid questions?

Seriously, if the right blogosphere wants to increase its clout, I don't think this is the way to do it. Was "Joe" ever in the military? I kind of doubt it. He seems to have a History Channel understanding of war and war reporting.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on January 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

Texas Aggie -- thanks for that explanation on the term "Redneck". I don't think I'll ever use that term again in the way I used to.

While I understand the term "white trash" as a vastly more accurate description, how would you say "white trash" without differentiation on race?

Posted by: JC on January 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

@ Dan 1:55 hey dan - I've got one for Joe a 10' x 10' canvas painted black entitled "Night" Sell it to him for $10,000.00

Posted by: John R on January 12, 2009 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

"Now I have to add "redneck" to the list of unjustly vilified groups."

I totally agree. Having lived in Texas, I've met my fair share of rednecks, and they're good people with a heart of gold. Not the same as white trash. I've also noticed that there are rednecks all over the world. The most redneck country? Laos. They may be brown skinned and Buddhist, but they're still rednecks. Maybe you could call them "brownnecks," but the attitude is the same.

Posted by: fostert on January 12, 2009 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

What would be an outstanding change from long term media perfidy (since the 1960S) would be for reporters to be Americans first just as they were in WW2.

Posted by: fred t on January 12, 2009 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

"I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting."

Only a right-winger would think the best way to execute a job they were just hired for is to not do it.

That's really the modern conservative in a nutshell.

Posted by: doubtful on January 12, 2009 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

It's fascinating how conservatives over the past decade have gotten this bee in their bonnet about an utter lack of qualifications, interest, or training in a field making you in fact more qualified to pontificate on it than those who in fact have said expertise. You know, your average NASCAR fan has more economic wisdom in his little finger than the Harvard faculty put together; an ignorant sometimes-plumber from Ohio who has never owned a passport and needs a minimum of three clues to find Israel on a map has trenchant insights on the Mideast crisis; the former mayor of Wasilla, AK has the chops to be Vice President, etc., etc.

Of course the reasoning here is clear: if you don't have to deal with facts or reality, it becomes easier to politically manipulate an issue to serve ideological ends. What strikes me is the degree to which people swallow this hokum. I wonder how open they'd be, for example, to a network hiring a retired piano teacher to be their football color commentator and who crochets while watching the game and says stuff like "maybe if that guy with the ball had run a little faster, the other guy -- you know, from the other team -- might not have been able to catch him." Which is just about what it's like hearing Joe the Plumber talk about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Posted by: jonas on January 12, 2009 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

fred t,

You know, not all reporters, especially those covering a foreign war we're not an actor in, are American.

Posted by: doubtful on January 12, 2009 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

Steve Benen quotes Atrios: "Conservatives persist with him because they wrongly believe he pisses liberals off."

Pissing "liberals" off is the only thing that "conservatives" care about.

The fake, phony, trumped-up, scripted, focus-group-tested, corporate-sponsored pseudo-ideology known as "conservatism" in America today has no real content other than hatred of "liberals" -- just as the pseudo-ideology of mid-1930s German brownshirts had no real content except hatred of "Jews".

"Conservatism" in America today is not a political ideology. It is a cult of hatred.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on January 12, 2009 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Kudos to texas aggie for sticking up for us rednecks. As a fellow Texan I totally agree with his evaluation of 'Shrub' and his description of what a redneck really is, at least some of us. I posted the following thread on a previous discussion of of JTP, but thought I'd post it again in case anyone thinks being a plumber somehow qualifies Joe for a higher position:


The four basics every plumber must know:
(1)Hot on the left and cold on the right.
(2)The flow of feces is gravity driven and it will always seek a lower level. (it flows down hill)
(3) Don't bite your fingernails.
(4) Friday is payday.
Credit Joe with being able to take these core principles of the plumbing profession and turn them into a resume that qualified him to be a journalist. Not sure if this is a tribute to the quality of our plumbers or the quality of our journalists.

Posted by: sparky on January 12, 2009 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

Joe the Plumber in three syllables

drip... drip... drip...

Posted by: koreyel on January 12, 2009 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

---I wonder how open they'd be, for example, to a network hiring a retired piano teacher to be their football color commentator and who crochets while watching the game and says stuff like "maybe if that guy with the ball had run a little faster, the other guy -- you know, from the other team -- might not have been able to catch him."---

It would beat Madden. Can he or she run the telestrator without dropping any stitches?

Posted by: Tim H on January 12, 2009 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Joe has a "better handle on the situation?" Really? So far what gems has he come up with. The fact that people take short showers, and that one guy says Israel isn't "bad"?

I mean puh-lease - the results of Joe's travel to Israel to "expose media bias" has pretty much so far been images of Joe being interviewed by real reporters.

Posted by: g on January 12, 2009 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

I've known plenty of rednecks and just like in all groups of people there are good ones, stupid ones, nice ones,asshats and saints. Joe the plumber is just a tool. Nothing more, nothing less. If the intelligentsia of the consevatives or republicans or whatever they are these days want to ride on Joe's coattails then by god I say let have at it.

Posted by: Gandalf on January 12, 2009 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

Dangit, some of us rednecks voted for Obama and again' that phony cowboy! Just because there are Red Majorities in some states doesn't mean that there aren't some sane decent and informed folks also.
And here Jackie and Dunlop,some real rednecks of Red State Roundup, interview "Joe the Plumber": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPTyGT-Ck7A
Classic.

Posted by: MR Bill on January 12, 2009 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

I saw a video clip of Joe trying to "interview" an Israeli Defense Forces representative in a room full of missile debris. Joey-boy was completely at sea, turning his head, rolling his eyes around the room, desperately trying to think of something to say. It was so embarrassing just to watch it. This stuttering moron is the new savior of wingnut journalism??

To call this guy a circus clown would be an insult to circus clowns everywhere. Look for him to get his own program on CNN any minute now.

Posted by: Curmudgeon on January 12, 2009 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

"I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting."

I just hope we don't abolish plumbers from, uh, you know, plumbing. Otherwise, we'll be in deep shit. Literally.

Posted by: Marko on January 12, 2009 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

"A redneck believes in everyone getting what he works for and in basic justice, in not taking advantage of and abusing power."

Great definition. One thing I'd clarify is that a redneck who is at the short end of the stick from an abuse of power will push back. Not in anger, but in a sense of justice. And not in a disproportionate manner, either. Once they make their point, they'll lay off. No point in priming the pump forever.

My favorite redneck story comes from a tiny village in Laos near the China border. The Lao government was trying to get the village to move to the other side of the river. The villagers didn't want to move because they'd have to build a new temple. The government sent an official every six months to browbeat them. One time, the villagers stole the official's motorcycle and hid it in the jungle, stranding him in the middle of nowhere. The government hasn't been back in seven years since that incident. And everyone seems to be okay with the situation now.

Posted by: fostert on January 12, 2009 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK


Joe the Plumber in three words:

Noun, verb, flush...

Posted by: stevio on January 12, 2009 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

"The four basics every plumber must know:"

When you hire a plumber, there's only two rules:

1) Shit flows downhill.
2) Don't shake a plumber's hand.

Posted by: fostert on January 12, 2009 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

I think they should expand Joe's job as professional role model beyond journalism. For example, giving him a job as a brain surgeon, so he can tell doctors that they shouldn't be cutting into people's heads. And being a lawyer who doesn't show up to court. An athlete who doesn't train. A hooker who refuses to have sex. A fireman who doesn't put out fires. A cowboy who hates animals.

It could be a reality show. Each week he takes a different job that he refuses to do while chastising other people in that field for doing their job. I really think it'd work and would at least be better than giving Paris Hilton another reality show. People would tune in to laugh at this clown as he showed his complete ignorance about everything while acting superior to everyone. How else to compensate for Bushie withdrawal now that we won't be hearing as much from them anymore?

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on January 12, 2009 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

And why couldn't they have sent Sarah Palin? Isn't she the one with the Idaho journalism degree? She never seems to have much to do in Alaska anyway, unless you count constant whining about the media or watching turkeys get slaughtered.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on January 12, 2009 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, this whole thing is laughable, but also understandable. 'Joe the Plumber' was the only "celebrity" Pajamas Media could afford (& they also would've banked on the media attention they'd garner from all those 'liberals going crazy'). "Joe", for his part, will do anything to hang onto his 15 minutes of fame.

I can't really demean what PJM & JtP are doing... they're just tryin' to make a buck. Ultimately, "Joe" will end up being this decade's "Where's The Beef?" lady & end up on the scrap-heap of history, only to be mentioned in the occasional "Where Are They Now?" human interest piece.

PJM, meanwhile, will hobble along being an ineffectual conservative noise-machine, drawing wingnut welfare while reminiscing about destroying Dan Rather's career via the arcane art of "kerning".

All in all, it's pretty hard to get worked up about PJM's blatant attention seeking or JtP's apparent desire to make a fool of himself. 'Drive me (a liberal) crazy'? Sorry Patterico, but my over-riding emotion is one of mild amusement. And perhaps a wee bit o' pity.

Posted by: raff on January 12, 2009 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

I read Patterico's Pontifications (if there is a single repug in that comment thread that knows what that means, kudos to them...I highly doubt it) and noticed a few things:


1. He's a friggin' idiot.

2. "Joe the Plumber" is even more of a friggin' idiot than I origially thought. ("I bet they take quick showers, because I would"?? WHAT THE HELL??)

3. Most of the commentors are embarrassingly ignorant!

Posted by: Katie on January 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

My God, My God, My God, please forgive us for the trespasses America’s leadership has likely burdened Iraq with.

Sending Joe the plumber only reveals the hidden cover ups the embedded media has deliberately sidelined during the last eight years in Iraq.

If Joe the plumber had any brains his first analysis of the water supply in Iraq would likely expose a real deficiency in the needs of the local population. A report way over due, which likely is responsible for unhealthy conditions.

Worse an article that conjures some very horrible issues talked about way back that is buried but if true is devastating for America’s image.

Lets see what Joe the plumber comes up with…

http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0808-07.htm

If this is true I hope Obama will kick Bush’s ass around the block…for four years…then another four…


“”I've discovered documents of the Defense Intelligence Agency proving beyond a doubt that, contrary to the Geneva Convention, the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country's water supply after the Gulf War. The United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis, mostly children, would pay, and it went ahead anyway.””

And we argue about water boarding, American’s should be ashamed of themselves if this is true…Please tell it is not true…



Posted by: Megalomania on January 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Joe isn't in Iraq, numnum. He's in Israel, hanging around the border and cheering the Israeli genocide of Palestinians.

Posted by: . on January 12, 2009 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, apparently you failed to remember that conservatives create their own reality, and while we on the left are busy dissecting that said reality, by George they're at it again, creating more reality for us to ponder.

So, they've taken a guy off the street and created "Joe the Plumber". Then Joe turned into a campaign spokesman. Now, he's a war correspondent. And he's a favorite of the right.

See what I mean? They created Joe, and while we were trying to figure that one out, they've recreated him. And by the time we've figured that one out, he'll have his own show on Fux News.

They say ignorance is bliss. The right must be ecstatic.

Posted by: citizen_pain on January 12, 2009 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Only a right-winger would think the best way to execute a job they were just hired for is to not do it.

They seem to spend an awful lot of time trying to figure out how to get out of doing the jobs they were hired for. Look at all of the "pro-life" people going to pharmacy school just so they can refuse to fill prescriptions for people they disapprove of.

It's funny how they rant about people on welfare while they spend 90 percent of their time trying to figure out how to get out of doing their jobs.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on January 12, 2009 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

How much is JTP being paid, by whom and is he supporting his child and paying rent/mortgage and taxes?
Do people actually read what he is "reporting?" All I know about him is what I've read, here, and will not look for where he is being published. Even the time I've spent on thos blog today is a waste and gives him too much energy. Please forgive me.

peace,
st john

Posted by: st john on January 12, 2009 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder how long it took to explain Joe the, no wait, Samuel the Plumber, no wait, guy who worked for a plumber to the Israelis?

Posted by: Personal Failure on January 12, 2009 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

"the U.S. government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country's water supply after the Gulf War."

Hmm. I'm sure it wasn't their sole intention. They surely had other intentions as well. But this really gets to the question of intentions, doesn't it? We in America like to hide behind the "unintended consequences" excuse, but it's pure bullshit. If you prevent a country from importing pumps and pipe fittings, the water system will surely suffer. If the water system suffers, people will surely die. Any freshman civil engineering student can tell you that. One would assume that our officials are more qualified than a freshman in college. It's impossible to comprehend that our government servants would be so ignorant as to not see what would come from that. Well, it was until the Bush administration, at least. But this was the Clinton administration that did it, they surely knew better. I'm not sure they intended to kill people, but they sure didn't care if they did.

It's kind of like in Vietnam. Who would of thought that wiping out rice crops with bombs, Agent Orange and Napalm would lead to starvation? Except for people that eat food, that is. But at least it proved that Communism couldn't feed the people when their crops were continuously destroyed by outside forces. Hmm, I wonder how well an American farmer would do against Napalm strikes? I'm guessing their crops would fail too. Except that, unlike a Vietnamese farmer, the American farmer would just whine to the government. They wouldn't do something smart like plant yams instead.

Posted by: fostert on January 12, 2009 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Have to agree. Joe The Plumber, Sarah Palin . . . please, conservatives, keep on rolling out the clowns. I much prefer them to the Roves and Atwaters of yore.

Posted by: Jon on January 12, 2009 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

So I think I just came up with the best way to tell white trash from rednecks:

The white trash guy has a pickup for his image, the redneck has a pickup because he needs it. If the pickup is dented and dirty, he's a redneck. Because, hey, it still runs fine and hauls the load. What more would you want?

Posted by: fostert on January 12, 2009 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Just got to the thread, so I don't know if it's already been said, but after hearing Joe the Plumber's reporting, I think he needs a more appropriate moniker - Joe the Idiot! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on January 12, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Ultimately, "Joe" will end up being this decade's "Where's The Beef?" lady & end up on the scrap-heap of history, only to be mentioned in the occasional "Where Are They Now?" human interest piece.

Please, let's show a little more respect for Clara "Where's The Beef?" Peller, who performed her job so well that 25 years later she is still remembered for her consummate work. Will Joe the Nitwit hold up so well? He'll be consigned to the cloacal flows of history and vanish down the drain very soon.

Posted by: GringoNoraca on January 12, 2009 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Rather than driving liberals crazy, most hope the right-wing uses Joe increasingly as their spokesman.

Posted by: AJB on January 12, 2009 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

Well, while I am not an American 'liberal' (or centre left), I must say that this whole Joe the Plumber demarche reflects the worst aspects of American 'Conservatism' (it really needs another name, as it is not conservative, Populist Rightism? Know Nothingism?). Up-from-the-bootstraps commentary is wonderful. Sending a bald headed ignoramus whose only real qualification is bieng a semi literate football hooligan with a momentarily interesting soundbite off to play red meat populist nationalist war mongering in foreign countries is grotesque irresponsibility in the 21st century. Even in the 19th century where such idiotic primitive nationalist manoeuvres were vaguely acceptable (although not wise or productive) it would have have vaguely embarrassing, and covered up by some faux genealogy and heavy editing.

Posted by: The Lounsbury on January 12, 2009 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK


I sincerely hope this guy runs for congress, and by some bizzare fluke of circumstance WINS a seat. It would be freakin' funny to watch him attempt to be a congressman, spouting his nonsense week after week. He would be like Traficant and McKinney combined and x10.

Posted by: winner on January 12, 2009 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK
. . . 'JOE' THE 'PLUMBER' . . .

Really, Steve, you should lose the whole "his name's not really Joe" thing. It just makes you look silly and petty. If "Joseph" is one of his given names and he chooses to go by it, then that's his name, no sneer quotes required.

Posted by: noncarborundum on January 12, 2009 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

A redneck believes in everyone getting what he works for and in basic justice, in not taking advantage of and abusing power. Trash are scum that have no moral feelings whatsoever beyond satisfying their three basic drives (food, beer, sex).

A redneck thinks he gets his fair due from hard work, while those with more or less are taking advantage of or abusing power. White trash are failed rednecks.

Posted by: Long Horn on January 12, 2009 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Say Joe, ever heard about martyrdom before? It's the ultimate spotlight, really! Hamas could really do everybody a favor.

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on January 12, 2009 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

I've done my share of embarrassing things, some of them in public, like at school, or once doing a glorious slip on a movie theater floor, popcorn & soda flying...

I can't even imagine what it must be like to be Samjoe the notta plumber.

Sure, he's got something akin to "fame" going on. I'm sure some people are genuinely impressed if they get the chance to meet him. I'm sure there are starf*ckers out there who look at him and go "eh, close enough..."

But Samjoe the nottaplumber has got to know - he just HAS to know - that when he wakes up in the morning, and sees himself in the mirror, he's looking at a man that the nation (hell, the WORLD), by and large, laughs at.

Laughs and laughs and laughs.

He's the butt of jokes professional and amateur. People mess with his picture on youtube. Song parodies are written about him. He's got nothing more to look forward to than a novelty CD people will buy as a goof to hand off to their more conservative friends. And when he burns through the fame and he burns through what little money he earned from being a clown (what, you didn't think he'd SAVE that money and buy that plumbing business, did you?) he's going to go back to his hometown and STILL be mocked by his neighbors. He'll ache for the day that people forget who he is. At the end of each night, he'll reward himself with a pint of whiskey for not blowing his own worthless head off.

THAT'S what Samejoe the notta plumber has to look forward to. THAT is his legacy. If he's lucky, maybe he'll warrant being a question on Jeopardy or in Trivial Pursuit, and even then, people will laugh and laugh and laugh...

How the Emperor must've felt when the peasants realized his new clothes were nonexistent, and he was naked. This is how Samjoe the notta plumber will feel every meaningless day for the rest of his meaningless life.

These attempts to be a journalist are merely face-saving grabs at legitimacy. If he does SOMETHING worthwhile, gives voice to the voiceless, inspire someone, ANYTHING, than maybe he won't have to die knowing he's a joke...except his attempts at legitimacy are still high-larious, and he's still a joke.

Meanwhile, he's the face of the Republican Party. As he feels, so feel they all. I hope he never goes away. He might not be the best recruitment tool for the Democratic Party, but he's helping us a helluva lot more than he is them.

Posted by: slappy magoo on January 12, 2009 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

But wait! There's more! I forgot to mock the thunderdolts who are oh-so-pleased by how pissed-off us dumb ol' libs get by their embrace of Samjoe the nottaplumber.

It's like watching a bunch of little girls, barely pubescent, want to make their daddy angry because they think they don't get enough attention. So they smoke and date high school seniors and kiss girls on a dare and get that contemptible sneer on their pusses: "What, this make you mad. This SHOCK you, old man? Whaddaya gonna do about it, huh?"

Point and laugh, pajamaheads, same as always, point, and laugh. You wanna embrace a dimwit because he represents everything smart people try to avoid? Because he doesn't represent salt-of-the-earth regular Americans. There are plenty of those and they're nto as dumb as he is. He represents the rabidly ignorant, who don't know nothing' and don't wanna know nothin' and that's just fine with them. The people who raise a fuss when the town square has to put a menorah up next to the Christmas tree. The beady-eyed pig-people who wanna kill em all and let God sort 'em out. That's his base, coincidentally, the neocon footsoldier base as well. That's who you want to be your mouthpiece? Please keep feeling that way. I haven't laughed at something this pathetic since the ol' Morton Downey Junior show. Hell, I shouldn't even mention Mort, because I really do think a backwards-drawn swastika on his face, in an attempt to convince people he was attacked by neo-Nazis in an airport bathroom, is in Samjoe the notta plumber's future, too.

Please, Samjoe, don't ever get older and don't ever die. Just keep being dumb and in public. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Posted by: slappy magoo on January 12, 2009 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK
"he doesn't believe journalists should be allowed to cover a war," - WTF does he think *he's* doing?

I think its pretty clear that not-a-plumber is also not-a-journalist, and therefore outside the coverage of his own pronouncement that journalists should not be allowed to cover a war.

Posted by: cmdicely on January 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

Heh, so real journalists shouldn't be allowed to cover wars but fake ones should ... just like real statesmen shouldn't govern but fake ones should - that's our right wing.

Posted by: Neil B ☺ on January 12, 2009 at 8:07 PM | PERMALINK

C'mon! He's only there for ten days. That's not even long enough to get the parts in.

Posted by: Paul J. Camp on January 12, 2009 at 9:07 PM | PERMALINK

"White trash are failed rednecks."

Damn! Man, if that ain't true, ain't nothin' is. I'm fixin' to say somethin', but I can't remember. Must be the whiskey. Maybe all y'all can he'p me.

Posted by: fostert on January 13, 2009 at 1:54 AM | PERMALINK

Joe and Palin -- McCain's legacy to his country!

Posted by: bdbd on January 13, 2009 at 6:10 AM | PERMALINK

A priggish plumber seeks to become a shining star

Am I the only one getting very tired of "Joe the Plumber?" I will be glad when his 15 minutes of fame has ended. John McCain launched him into the national media spot light, but Joe was completely unappreciative. I don't mind anyone trying to earn a buck, but this guy just needs to shut up and go away.

Posted by: The Intellectual Redneck on January 13, 2009 at 6:17 AM | PERMALINK

Jonas Comments:

"It's fascinating how conservatives over the past decade have gotten this bee in their bonnet about an utter lack of qualifications, interest, or training in a field making you in fact more qualified to pontificate on it than those who in fact have said expertise."

So how about a Palin - Joe Presidential Ticket for 2012. Your choice on top spot?

Posted by: Marc on January 13, 2009 at 7:25 AM | PERMALINK

Scatter Wurzelbacher's remains in Beirut, Damascus and Tehran.

Posted by: Brojo on January 13, 2009 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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