Something stills smells faintly of sewage

After a false start — seems to be a hoax — I can’t definitively link Joe Plumber to Charles Keating.  True, his name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, and Robert M. Wurzelbacher, Jr., was Keating’s son-in-law who served prison time after his conviction in the Keating scandal. But for all I know, Wurzelbachers may be as common as Smiths up there in Toledo.

Still, after watching his interview with Katie Couric right after the debate, I do wonder who found him and how.

Joe sounds like he works for McCain, saying things like “We’ve seen who McCain is — we don’t know who Obama is” [in other words, “he ain’t from around here”].

Joe also calls Obama “well-spoken, better spoken than I am.”  [“How dare he be better spoken than I am?  He’s black!”]

He makes fun of Obama, portraying him as a performer who just fed him a memorized response [For a memorized response he should review McCain’s response to a question about Russia’s invading Georgia.  For his “answer,” McCain simply recites a list of all the countries in the area].

Finally, Joe gets really ugly.  He says “he’s almost better than Sammy Davis, Jr.”

Now that’s just insulting. Who trained Joe?  Apparently he took a logic course in plumber’s school; note his appropriate use of the concept of slippery slope in the transcript below of his October 16 interview with Diane Sawyer: “I mean, $250,000 now. What if he decides, well you know $150,000, you’re pretty rich too. Let’s go ahead and lower it again. You know it’s a slippery slope. When’s it going to stop?”

2 Responses to Something stills smells faintly of sewage

  1. Kris says:

    Based on that interview, he does seem, if not a McCain plant, a pretty solid conservative nonetheless (although, funnily enough, he refused an invitation to star in a McCain rally in Toledo, due to Joe being busy in NY doing the news interview circuit).

    Also funny: Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is really Samuel Joesph “Never had a plumbing license” Wurzelbacher:

    Sam the Non-plumber’s logic course was apparently Republican-logic, or at least Republican-campaign/old-school Rovian logic, where a tax-cut for those earning less than $250,000 can become $150,000, can become a tax-raise for everyone watch out! — all in one sentence. Just like sitting on a board with Bill Ayers means best friends forever, means terrorists, means OMG Obama is a Muslim — watch out!

  2. Unwit says:

    Now THERE’s a slippery slope! Joe doesn’t mention that it’s a logical fallacy. He must’ve dropped the course at midterm.

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