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Joe the Plumber (no longer a plumber; first name actually Samuel) popped into our town yesterday evening to sell his new book and to remind people that he’s still a plain and simple guy. Mission accomplished, on at least one of his missions.

About 11 people wandered into the rows of seats set up hopefully in the basement of a downtown Border’s bookstore to hear Joe speak. Joe addressed them from behind a lectern and with a microphone, but that seemed unnecessarily formal. If you’ve already forgotten “Joe” Wurzelbacher, 35, of Toledo, Ohio, it just goes to show you how ephemeral the life of a plain-speaking, Republican Everyman is these days. Joe was the square-jawed guy briefly drafted by John McCain’s campaign to be its Voice of Regular Folks. Now, only a few months later, he’s kind of like a vestigial tail, a leftover artifact from a forgotten time. He’s Clara Peller, Willie Horton or Gennifer Flowers — names that are the questions in a “Jeopardy!” category called “Presidential Campaign Distractions.” To his credit, Wurzelbacher is hip to the audacity of hype: “I get e-mails all the time from people asking me when my 15 minutes is going to expire,” he grinned after his talk. “Sometimes they just write, ’15 . . . 14:59 . . . 14:58 . . .’ ” It’s fair to say Joe’s appearance at Borders at 18th and L streets wasn’t eagerly anticipated. People just kind of shuffled over when Joe strode in with Thomas N. Tabback, the co-author of “Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream.” Annie Hickman, a young woman whom Wurzelbacher called “sweetie” during a brief Q&A, was browsing when the PA announced that Joe was in the house. “I’m missing pottery class for this,” she said.

Wurzelbacher was scheduled to speak and sign books for three hours, but the Joe Show was over in 55 minutes. Total copies of “Joe the Plumber” sold: five.

Oh well, there’s always plumbing that needs attention somewhere.




  1. Paddy-O says:

    # 32 plumber’s helper said, “Will get a tax cut with Obama”

    Actually, not. Under O’Mamas new budget proposal people of all tax brackets get nailed by a new energy tax.

    Nice try though. Please play again.

  2. Mr. Fusion says:

    #35, Cow-Paddy, Ignorant Shit Talking Sociopath, Retired Mall Rent-A-Cop, Pretend Constitutional Scholar, Fake California Labor Law Expert, Pseudo Military Historian, Phony Climate Scientist, and Real Leading Troll Extraordinare,

    How much will any energy tax ding Joe and his $30,000 /yr compared to any income tax decrease? Since you KNOW, you would also have done the math to calculate it out.

    What??? You want me to look it up? If necessary you could teach me the “google” for only $200 /hr? In other words, you don’t know and are just trolling.

  3. Paddy-O says:

    # 36 Mr. Fusion said, “How much will any energy tax ding Joe …”

    Actually, the question is, are NeoLib zombies going to call O’Mama on his lies regarding raising taxes on the poor & middle class?

    Interesting…

  4. Sonny says:

    #37, Cow-Paddy, Ignorant Shit Talking Sociopath, Retired Mall Rent-A-Cop, Pretend Constitutional Scholar, Fake California Labor Law Expert, Pseudo Military Historian, Phony Climate Scientist, and Real Leading Troll Extraordinare,

    Actually, the question is,

    No, the question is:

    How much will any energy tax ding Joe and his $30,000 /yr compared to any income tax decrease?

    I understand your literacy problem, but that is no excuse to avoid a perfectly valid question.

  5. Paddy-O king of the Non sequitur said,
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    WTF Wurzelbacher did not talk about energy tax during the campaign.

    Face it Paddy the piper needs to be paid and we are all going to have to do some paying any one who tells you different in selling you something.

    Will our progressive tax system be any more fair? NO! But it will be a be a different than when the GOP was running the place. Different people will get to whine about how unfair it is.

    Your heros could spend like drunken sailors but never gave a thought about how to pay it back. AT LEAST Obama seems to know the bill will become due some day.

  6. Paddy-O says:

    # 39 plumber’s helper said, “AT LEAST Obama seems to know the bill will become due some day.”

    Yeah, AFTER, he’s long gone. ROFL!!!

  7. MikeR says:

    I guess the GOP never learns – they’ve always had problems whenever they hire plumbers.

  8. Mr. Fusion says:

    #40, Cow-Patty,

    # 39 plumber’s helper said, “AT LEAST Obama seems to know the bill will become due some day.”

    Yeah, AFTER, he’s long gone. ROFL!!!

    While I see someone else also pointed you to the correct question, I notice you are now avoiding it?

    Have you no shame?

  9. Rick Cain says:

    So let me get this straight, Joe the Plumber is a republican plant, isn’t even a plumber, and wasn’t affected by obama’s proposed legislation changes and is used by the RNC to try and trap obama at a public event and Joe is a Hero???

    Obama gives Joe a carefully worded, 5 minute response full of details of his plans, eloquent and thoughtful which lays out his proposed changes and Obama is an idiot???

    The Republican alternate reality machine is working 24/7 lately.


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