Monday, January 19, 2009

Joe the Plumber

In the third presidential debate, John McCain mentioned Joe the Plumber, aka Samuel Joseph
Wurzelbacher, in a desperate last-minute attempt to win the election. He said, "Joe, I want to tell you, I'll not only help you buy that business that you worked your whole life for and I'll keep your taxes low and I'll provide available and affordable health care for you and your employees. And I will not stand for a tax increase on small-business income." This prompted a response from Obama, and a lengthy debate ensued which, perhaps inadvertently, rose from obscurity a middle class Holland, Ohio resident to something approaching an icon for middle-class Americans.

"It's pretty surreal, man," Joe said of his mention in the presidential debate. And although as of October 15th, he claimed to be undecided about who he would be getting his vote, by the end of the month Joe was campaigning for the Republican party, had a team of advisors, had written a book, and intended to go into the music business. Currently, Joe is in the Middle East as a war correspondent for Pajamas TV, apparently having left his dream of ever owning a plumbing business behind him.

Truly, this guy has us scratching our heads and asking ourselves "what the hell?" In terms of nobodies exerting political leverage, Joe ranks right up there with Tim Eyman. However, Eyman has actually launched and passed several state initiatives.

Joe is a nobody who has done absolutely nothing, and who now possesses a fair amount of clout and media attention. Ahhh, life in the United States.

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