Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher hit the campaign trail in Ohio this week with John “The Maverick” McCain and Sarah “The Crazy Governor Lady” Palin.
I kinda felt sorry for Wurzelbacher during the media’s initial build-him-up-then-tear-him-down love affair with the plainspoken lug from Toledo. He’s not exactly the sharpest tool in the box, and there he was with the national press camped out on his front lawn after he was mentioned, like, four thousand times during the third presidential debate.
But now, he seems to be bringing this on himself. Don’t get me wrong: plumbers, Joe or otherwise, have just as much right to spout inane half-baked political opionions as cable news pundits or Barbra Streisand do. At this stage though, it might be best for Wurzelbacher to keep his thoughts (such as they are) to himself. Here are some actual quotes from Mr. The Plumber:
“I love America. I hope it remains a democracy, not a socialist society.”
“I’m going to go ahead and agree with you on that.” J the P in response to someone in the crowd at a McCain rally who claimed that a “vote for Barack Obama is a vote for the death of Israel.”
“You know a lot of the stuff that our government is doing right now is all about taxation without representation and you know the last time that happened a couple guys got together and threw the Brits out.”
“I have parents; I don’t need another set of parents called the government. You know, let me take my money and invest it how I please. Social Security I’ve never believed in, don’t like it.”
This stuff must resonate in Real America, but I’m a native of Fake America, so I wouldn’t know.