Thursday, February 18, 2010
"Joe The Plumber" Bites Back at McCain
Samuel Wurzelbacher...if you just saw that name amongst the jumble of names you see in a lifetime, you might or might not think there was anything special about it. However, if you add in his nickname "Joe the Plumber" then politicos think immediately back to 2008 and the campaign for President of the United States.
No sense in going back over the play-by-play, but Wurzelbacher became somewhat famous during the race between Obama and McCain because of the latter's insistence on invoking his nickname time and time again on the campaign trail. This came after Wurzelbacher grilled Barack Obama on his idea to tax the richest Americans while cutting taxes for the middle class. He elicited the famous, "spread the wealth" quote from Obama.
It took all of 15 minutes to unravel Joe's claims to Obama that he was going to buy the plumbing company that employed him. Turns out, he might or might not have even been a plumber. Regardless, Wurzelbacher was honestly and perhaps unwillingly caught up in a maelstrom that the McCain camp exploited to score points on Obama. It didn't catch hold on the campaign. That didn't stop Wurzelbacher from continually trying to reset the clock on his 15 minutes of fame. Since his rise to prominence, Wurzelbacher signed a publicity contract. He was rumored to have a record deal. He has written a book. Wurzelbacher has even kicked around a run for Congress. These are just a few of the things he's been involved in since.
In short, you'd figure that old Joe owes John McCain for amplifying this "plumber" (who turned out not to even be licensed in Ohio, where he accosted Obama). Wurzelbacher begs to differ.
As Talking Points Memo reports, Wurzelbacher told a Pennsylvania public radio reporter that he didn't owe John McCain...well...we're all adults here, "sh*t."
But the fun keeps coming, the artist formerly known as Joe the Plumber said, "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."
No, Joe...McCain helped you. You have done a pretty good job destroying things on your own. I can't tell you how I would have dealt with the fame that was suddenly thrust upon you, and your life was certainly thrown open whether you wanted to do it or not. Unlike others in the same situation, you chose to try to PROFIT off this fame. Instead of slinking back into Ohio obscurity, it was you, Joe, that signed that contract. John McCain didn't force it.
McCain doesn't even get Wurzelbacher's support now. Joe "the Hot Air Blower" told Sean Hannity on Feb. 16 that he doesn't support his maker's Senate campaign. He has also said that he doesn't even former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Wurzelbacher, according to TPM, charges a FEE FOR ENDORSING A CAMPAIGN!!
Joe, or Sam, here's to your 15 minutes of fame. It's been more like an hour and 15 minutes, but I really feel like it's just about over.