Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Joe the Plumber, or whatever
ENOUGH, ALREADY, of Joe the Plumber, a.k.a., Joe Wurzelbacher. the 15-minute mock hero of John McCain's failed campaign. Joe Whatever is back on the political trail, this time showing up at anti-union rallies to oppose the legislatively challenged card-check plan that labor supports. Joe's getting paid for his current tour by a group benignly named Americans for Prosperity and I don't have to guess which side it is on. As for Joe Whatever, it's a nice line of work for a guy who isn't a licensed plumber, a detail of little consequence if one never gets down to the fine print. In an age when people can become national sensations simply by doing extraordinarily odd things for a brief moment, Joe latched on (or did the McCain people create him from the telephone directory?) to a thematically inspired nom de guerre to deliver the common folks to the GOP. It will be left to the historians to determine whether he or Sarah Palin - two of McCain's pathetic first tier miracle workers - would have served the candidate better if either had decided to turn down the offer.