Monday, February 15, 2010

5 1/2 Minutes of Fame: Joe the Plumber Says McCain Tried to Use Him

I was shocked, annoyed and amazed that characters like Joe the Plumber and Obama Girl became media sensations during the 2008 presidential campaigns. Now, I am shocked, annoyed and amazed that Joe continues to make the headlines. Well, at least this story is interesting enough to give a blurb.

Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher became the face of the "beleaguered white middle-class male" whom John McCain's campaign needed to excite. McCain referred to Joe during a presidential debate, and he became a temporary celebrity -- i.e., the face of the victims of Democratic-led Nazism, socialism, oppression, brutality, etc.

Today, however, Joe has harsh words for McCain. During a radio interview held in connection with a Republican campaign event in Pennsylvania, Joe said: "I don't owe [McCain] s---. . . He really screwed my life up is how I look at it."

And while Joe eagerly projected himself into national politics, he says McCain used him: "McCain was trying to use me . . . I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy." Really, Joe, you thought you were a colleague or buddy of McCain?

Joe also disapproves of Sarah Palin because she is campaigning for McCain. But Joe says he appreciates Obama, describing him as "honest." Yet, Joe says Obama's policies are "un-American." I see a possible role as a Tea Party delegate in Joe's future.


Anonymous said...

Oh, Joe... What is it that you are NOT telling us?

I suspect quite a lot of "behind the scenes" goings-on in this story -- obviously high (and unrealistic) expectations on Joe's part, but also, likely, broken promises etc. on the part of his manipulators (i.e., McCain). But Joe got more than his 5 minutes of fame out of it -- wasn't he sent to Iraq as a "war correspondent" or such at one point? What, the illustrious and well-deserved career did not materialize out of it all? Shame (not).

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Liz: Joe apparently though he was "the man."

Anonymous said...

LOL! Darren, he was Da Man -- for 15 minutes.

I agree that he was used, but what did he expect from these people? And, not to be too mean, but he seemed to enjoy being used while it lasted. Methinks he resents no longer being used these days, rather than being used at all.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

So, Elizabeth, are you saying Joe wants to cuddle with McCain some more?

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