Another Romance Down the Drain

From TIME:

These days, Republicans have the desperate aura of an endangered species. They lost Congress, then the White House; more recently, they lost a slam-dunk House election in a conservative New York district, then Senator Arlen Specter. Polls suggest that only one-fourth of the electorate considers itself Republican, that independents are trending Democratic and that as few as five states have solid Republican pluralities


So are the Republicans going extinct?


Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, tells TIME he’s so outraged by GOP overspending, he’s quitting the party — and he’s the bull’s-eye of its target audience.

Original DVD cover.

But he also said he wouldn’t support any cuts in defense, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid — which, along with debt payments, would put more than two-thirds of the budget off limits.


The problem for Republicans, as the RNC’s [Michael] Steele memorably put it in a TV appearance, is that there’s “absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions.” Republicans, after all, proclaimed that President Clinton’s tax hikes would destroy the economy, that GOP rule would mean smaller government, that Bush’s tax cuts would usher in a new era of prosperity; now the House minority leader says it’s “comical” to think carbon dioxide could be harmful, and Steele says the earth is cooling.

Polls show that most Republicans who haven’t jumped ship want the party to move even further right; it takes vision to imagine a presidential candidate with national appeal emerging from a GOP primary in 2012. [Jim] DeMint, the South Carolina Senator, greeted Specter’s departure with the astonishing observation that he’d rather have 30 Republican colleagues who believe in conservatism than 60 who don’t. “I don’t want us to have power until we have principles,” DeMint told TIME after firing up that tea-party crowd in Columbia. Voters certainly soured on unprincipled Republicans. But it’s not clear they’d like principled Republicans better.

But back to Joe the Genius. From ChristianityToday:

Samuel Wurzelbacher was launched into the public arena after Senator John McCain used him as an example of an average American during a presidential debate last fall. “Joe the Plumber” quickly became a celebrity because he questioned then-candidate Barack Obama about his small business tax policy during a stop in Ohio. Now, Wurzelbacher travels the country promoting his book, campaigning for candidates, and speaking at conservative rallies. Wurzelbacher spoke with Christianity Today at an event near Chicago.

Why does conservatism appeal to you as a Christian?

Conservatism is about the basic rights of individuals. God created us. As far as the government goes, the Founding Fathers based the Constitution off of Christian values. It goes hand-in-hand. As far as the Republican Party? I felt connected to it because individual freedom should not be legislated by the federal government.


In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary—it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do—what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. 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. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing.

Does the Republican Party reach out to evangelicals enough?

No. None of them stand up for anything. They use God as a punch line. [blah, blah, blah…] God is recognized as, if you will, America’s religion.

Who do you see as the emerging leaders for the Republican Party?

There isn’t one. You got the RNC talking about repackaging principles and values to make them hip and cool to the younger generation. You can’t repackage them. They are what they are. You can’t make what they are.

I like Sarah Palin a lot, actually. I just don’t know if that’s where God’s leading her. I just know the Republican Party’s done its best to blackball her. I don’t know what her agenda is. If she ran, would I vote for her? Absolutely. John McCain was the lesser of two evils.

Who do you see as the emerging Christian leaders?

James Dobson. I love Dobson.

Do you see any Christians becoming stronger voices in politics?

[yadda, yadda] I like to see real action in that area. I heard some stories about George Bush, and how he wrote an original letter to each and every soldier that died. And his prayer life was listed to be pretty intense. That kind of thing, it’s awesome. I would love it to be true. I would love to hear our leaders actually check with God before he does stuff.


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23 responses to “Another Romance Down the Drain

  1. I certainly don’t want Joe the Faux Plumber to join the Democratic party now that he’s dumped the Republicans.
    Guys like him who lie about their vocational qualifications, couldn’t keep a marriage together and have a sudden reverence for Jesus are as phony as Reagan’s hair color.
    He’s so ignorant, he confuses “queers” with pedophiles, when a simple Google search would tell him the majority of pedophiles are heterosexuals just like him.
    As for him calling us “queers,” are we to assume terms like nigger, wop, kike, retard and spick are too crude for him to use? I think not.
    As such an obvious asshole, Joe is a natural Republican who should stick with his own kind.
    We Democrats may be more inclusive than the Party of No, but even we don’t want any turds in the pool.

    • no worries, karen. if joe the moron even stepped foot in dnc’s offices, he would be struck by lightning. i can’t think of any party that would want him. i wonder if he’s finally signed his celebrity death warrant. will any of the rethugs want his endorsement now that he’s dissed the party? can you think of anyone who would want him as a spokesperson? he couldn’t even get vince’s shamwow gig.

  2. “I heard some stories about George Bush, and how he wrote an original letter to each and every soldier that died.”

    That Georgie Boy was somethin’ else! 🙂

  3. jeb

    Well, I for one am very saddened to hear Joe the Opportunist has left. Actually, I can’t believe anyone is even talking about this annoying butthead anymore.

    I never knew Steele said this but if he did, I’m finally in complete and absolute agreement with him; “absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions.” Ya know, they should be required to put that up as a disclaimer every time they appear publicly.

  4. Jenn/jlms qkw

    okay: the elephant has great toenails and jewelry! and got to keep rushbo and the ronnie doll.

    the not-joe kept sarah’s pic and someone else’s pic. and is there a caribou on princess sarah’s pic?

    the poster is amazing in its detail!!

    • happy mother’s day, jenn! 😀 (it’s after midnight here)

      i was so very proud of the elephant’s toenails. i painted them myself, and put the little bit of white paint on them to make them all shiny. did you like her necklace? 😆

      yay! you recognized the st. ronnie doll. can you believe they really sell those things?

      i went picture frame shopping on teh google, and when i found the moose frame, i was thrilled! it was exactly what i wanted! so glad i was able to keep it big enough so that you could recognize what it was. i was equally thrilled with the crown frame for king rushbo. the pic in the frame with the cross is james dobson. if you ever don’t recognize someone, look in the tags. i usually identify those in the pics in the tags.

      this was a fun poster to make. i immediately thought of this movie when i read of joe the not plumber leaving the rethugs behind, but i wasn’t sure how i was going to pull it off.

      • Jenn/jlms qkw

        it’s the bestest pic – top 10 nonnie material with the prize for detail!!

        totally excellent – love the moose frame and the cross frame – so not-joe gets dobson away from the elephant? hmmm.

        and the elephant has the little stuffed pink animal toy too!

        • thanks jenn! 😀
          you know i love the pix that i can stick all kinds of little details in. with nightowl mia, it’s up to you to find all the little details, and you’re doing a damned good job! 😉

  5. Sammy hates “queers” (his language, not mine!), and loves James Dobson. I don’t want him anywhere near me…

    • hello laura!
      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      samjoe the not plumber can have james dobson. they can sprinkle each other with their hate-filled straight cooties.

  6. great graphic. i guess the thrill is gone: code for ‘my book didn’t sell for shit.’

  7. p.s. ‘check with God before he does stuff…’ one knock, or two? a bolt o’ lightning (yes)or a drunk puking outside (no)?

    too bad he wasn’t more vocal during the bush adminisrtation.

    • lulu,
      i wonder how much longer joe the not plumber is going to last now that the rethugs will no longer be doing free advertising for him. i think it’s hilarious that a christian magazine would interview him. is he now an expert on religion, just as he was an expert on economics?

  8. No more Not-Joe the Not-Plumber to kick around. No loss.


    Joe-the-not-the-plumber trades in torch & pitchfork & instead wields a Plunger! He rants, He raves, but he makes no sense. Joe-Sam is “so outraged by GOP overspending, he’s quitting the party. ” The poor fellow is about 6 years slow on the uptake of figuring out GOP overspending.
    $11 trillion has sooo many zeros~ who can keep up with tracking the National debt??
    In his defense, all that talk about God distracted him, he became swept up in the Alice-in-Wonderland like tactics of the party, who mesmerized the masses down the rabbit hole of thinking gay marriage was the “enemy”, while telling us god instructed Bush to engage in an illegal occupation.
    Joe-Sam believes individual freedom should not be legislated by the federal government. But who amongst us read the full text of the Patriot Act?
    Warrentless wiretapping is OK if God approves of it. It was necessary to remove freedoms to protect freedom. Also, in his mind, individual freedom applies only to heterosexual, non-Muslims, and Christians who wish to stockpile firearms.

    Perhaps even Joe-Sam has seen the light that the GOP has been torture?

    • samjoe should start his own party. it’s the party of faux news/rightwing radio talk. that’s where samjoe gets his info. he’s an imbecile who repeats what he hears with no real understanding of any of it.

  10. Ram Venkatararam

    Wow…he has a book? That’s frightening. Most people who write a book have also read one.

    Touring the country…giving interviews?

    It’s surreal.

    • ram,
      you will meet a more informed and classier group of people in the gravel bay maximum security prison than you would on the wingnut circuit.

      p.s. i am starting to wonder if sam-joe might be relation to john-sam. those names are suspiciously similar. 😐