Archive for ‘Joe the Plumber’

July 23, 2009

Wurzelbacher, Crowley, and an ENT surgeon walk into a bar

by Smitty

Joe Wurzelbacher, James Crowley, and an Ear, Nose, Throat surgeon walked into a bar.
“He thinks he knows more than me about tonsils,” lamented the ENT surgeon.
“Even though I’ve taught on the subject of racial profiling, he criticizes the way I do my job and calls it stupid”, said Crowley.
“Yeah, I really took it in the plumbing, too,” began Joe, looking at the bartender, “Three brew-hahas, please. Hey, aren’t you Gerald Walpin?”
“Not so loud!” replied Gerald “You wanna get me fired from this job, too?”


For a useful roundup on Crowley-quiddick, see Pat in Shreveport.
Also, the Blogprof has a thorough survey.

May 7, 2009

Joe the Plumber: Ordinary American

Last year, I started using the term “Ordinary American” to describe people who aren’t part of the influential elite class, the kind of people David Brooks sneers at when he uses “populism” as a pejorative. People like Joe Wurzelbacher:

Joe the Plumber is an Ordinary American, someone whose existence is lived outside the world where elite opinion is ubiquitous and omnipotent.
The Ordinary American is not a journalist, a movie producer, an academic or a politician. News media, entertainment, education and politics are endeavors that shape public attitudes, and for this reason the elite have striven for decades to exclude from those fields anyone who might dispute their consensus. . . .
Why doesn’t the Ordinary American endorse the consensus? Or, perhaps more accurately, why does the Ordinary American (whatever his personal opinion on such issues) not become furiously angry when he encounters dissent from the consensus?
Well, if you’re a plumber — or an accountant or a truck driver or a small business owner — your ability to fulfill your hopes and ambitions is not dependent on the approval of the elite. For most people in Toledo, Ohio, getting hired or getting promoted has nothing to do with their willingness to parrot the “correct” opinion on tax cuts or foreign policy. . . .
Why do I relate more easily to guys like Joe Wurzelbacher than to the elites who condemn him? Maybe it’s because I spent most of my life far from Washington, D.C., where nobody cared about my opinions. Maybe it’s because my family and friends — my truck-driving brothers, my childhood buddy the school cafeteria supervisor, my sister-in-law the dental hygienist — are so much like Joe.
The ironic point is that a guy like Joe the Plumber doesn’t care the least what you or I think of him. He doesn’t care whether we like him or not. He is proudly independent and unafraid to speak his mind. He is that extraordinary individual, the Ordinary American.

Please read the whole thing. And click here to buy a T-shirt:

May 5, 2009

Joe the Plumber didn’t get the memo

From GOP-HQ about “outreach” and “inclusion”:

I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children.

I’d be interested to see a poll, in which the opinions of parents with children under 18 were compared to non-parents.

This poll showing a “generation gap” on gay issues doesn’t break down the demographics that way. My gut hunch is that the support for gay marriage among the young — supposedly a harbinger of dramatic social change — mostly evaporates if you distinguish married from unmarried, and parents from the childless. That is to say, married parents will always be more conservative.

The tendentious supposition that the high rates of pro-gay-rights attitudes among 18-to-34-year-olds will remain constant as this cohort older doesn’t take into account the likelihood that today’s 19-year-old liberal college student will some day be a 29-year-old conservative suburban soccer mom. Remember that the liberal youth of the 1960s and ’70s drifted rightward in the 1980s and ’90s.

Much easier to be “tolerant” and “open-minded” when you’re a 25-year-old bachelor than when you’re a 35-year-old husband and father. And just wait until you become a 49-year-old curmudgeon like me!

Dadgum smart-alecky whippersnappers think they know everything . . .

UPDATE: Dan Riehl on Joe’s remarks about gays and children:

I suspect the attitude is still more widespread than people think.

Exactly. College-educated people working in professional environments — especially people in academia, politics and communications — must internalize a basic level of political correctness. There are things you can’t say, attitudes you can’t exhibit, if you are going to work at a major university (as Lawrence Summers learned at Harvard). And so you get used to never encountering certain attitudes.

Once you get outside that elite professional environment, however, you meet the Ordinary American — the guy who sees what he sees, knows what he knows, believes what he believes, and is not afraid to speak his mind about this stuff.

The elite recoil in horror whenever some Ordinary American type (e.g., Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck) gets anywhere near the levers of power. What the elite are trying to do to Joe Wurzelbacher, they have done to many others: Joe McCarthy, Barry Goldwater, Pat Buchanan, to name just a few.

What they’re trying to do is to imply that Wurzelbacher’s beliefs are dangerous, that he is ignorant and guilty of a “hatred” that endangers his fellow citizens. Nonsense. There are tens of millions of decent, law-abiding Americans who believe exactly like Joe the Plumber believes, and none of them has ever harmed anyone.

March 28, 2009

Alan Colmes Has Incredible Insight

By Smitty
Alan claims that Joe the Plumber is now being used by the right wing to speak against the Employee Free Choice Act.
Alan’s post could be improved by demonstrating just how he comes by the knowledge that Joe is not a free moral agent. Possibly Joe’s common sense allows him to see the handcuffs for what they really are, Alan.
The Free Employee Choice Act/Legislation (FECAL) is a fine set of what Freeberg calls opposite words. Joe represents a blue-collar Inigo Montoya:

Democrats: You don’t like the Employee Free Choice Act? INCONCEIVABLE.
Joe: You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you would have me think they mean.

I’m fairly certain, having met Joe, that he’s not a tool. Alan Colmes, not so sure.

March 1, 2009

Attractive economist loves . . .?

He’s an Alpha Male, a leading voice of America’s future, and Michelle Lee Muccio is interested in him:

UPDATE: Welcome Hot Air readers. For more on CPAC 2009, please be sure to check out:

November 21, 2008

Slap on the wrist for Jones-Kelley

The Ohio Democrat bureaucrat who violated Joe the Plumber’s privacy gets a one-month suspension:

Helen Jones-Kelley of the Job and Family Services Department said Thursday, Nov. 20, she should not have allowed the searches of state databases for information on Samuel Joseph — “Joe the Plumber” — Wurzelbacher, who emerged as a key figure in the Ohio presidential campaign.
Gov. Ted Strickland suspended Director Helen Jones-Kelley of the Job and Family Services Department for one month without pay after a state Inspector General’s report found Jones-Kelley improperly authorized the searches of state databases and used her state e-mail account for political fundraising.

Ace is shocked, shocked.

November 7, 2008

Quitters never win

The revelation that McCain campaign staffers knew by Oct. 12 that the election was over prompts George Neumayr to observe:

That the staffers had given up by October also explains why the most potent attack on Obama came not from the campaign but from pure happenstance outside it: Joe the plumber’s accidental meeting with Obama.
McCain acted like that was the first time he had ever heard Obama’s thoughts on economic redistribution. Had the campaign exhausted its opposition research budget at Neiman Marcus?

What did Joe the Plumber bring to the campaign? Common sense and authenticity. He wasn’t just another Republican Party hack, not just another “strategist” on Fox repeating the familiar talking points. He expressed a basic conservative message in layman’s language.

More plumbers and hockey moms, fewer Nicolle Wallaces, please.

November 3, 2008

Joe the Extremist?

This video makes Josh Marshall hear hobnailed boots goosestepping down Main Street:

After years of “Bush lied, people died,” and endless insinuations from the Left that the GOP was controlled by Halliburton/Exxon/Israel, why can’t Joe the Plumber question Obama’s loyalties? He’s got that blue-collar version of Complete Moral Authority.

UPDATE: A San Francisco gay activist/HuffPo blogger says he wants “m—-rf—ing Joe the Plumber dead”:

November 1, 2008

Ohio snoops on Joe the Plumber

Columbus Dispatch:

Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.
Niekamp didn’t know she just had checked on “Joe the Plumber,” who was elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as Republican John McCain’s example in a debate of an average American.
The senior manager would not learn about “Joe” for another week, when she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry. . . .
Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are “thrust into the public spotlight,” amid suggestions they may have come into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved public assistance.
Niekamp told The Dispatch she is unfamiliar with the practice of checking on the newly famous. “I’ve never done that before, I don’t know of anybody in my office who does that and I don’t remember anyone ever doing that,” she said today.
Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland and Jones-Kelley, both supporters of Democrat Barack Obama, have denied political motives in checking on Wurzelbacher. The Toledo-area resident later endorsed McCain. State officials say any information on “Joe” is confidential and was not released.

They “denied political motives” — and who can doubt? “I did not violate the rights of that man, Joe Wurzelbacher.” Michelle Malkin:

If Joe the Plumber were Jawad the Suspected Terrorist, civil liberties activists would stampede the halls of Congress on his behalf. Liberal columnists would hyperventilate over the outrageous invasions of his privacy by Ohio state and local employees. The ACLU would demand the Big Brother snoopers’ heads. And Democrat leaders would convene immediate hearings and parade him around the Beltway as the new poster boy/victim of unlawful domestic spying.
But because peaceful American citizen Joe Wurzelbacher is an outspoken enemy of socialism, rather than an enemy of America, the defenders of privacy have responded to his plight with an impenetrable cone of silence.

Jawad the Suspected Terrorist, of course, would never endorse a Republican. We know whose side they’re on.

October 17, 2008

Future of the GOP!

Jim Treacher finds some interesting anti-Joe action at (where else?) Daily Kos, including this comment:

I am sick and f****** tired of being told that, because I live in California (used to be SF), that I am somehow LESS of an American than these “average Joe” types. . . .
And I’m sick, as an educated, gay, urban-dwelling American, of being unfavorably compared to these fake, lying, wife-beating, tax-cheating, racist, immigrant-hating frauds.
F*** him. F*** them. It’s my America, too.

The true voice of today’s Democratic Party. If you’re an “average Joe” type, this is what today’s Democrats think of you.