Monday, February 15, 2010

Joe the (Assistant) Plumber

He's back. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, or Joe the Plumber, political activist, author, commentator, possible future pol, etc.

Joe now says about John McCain : "I don't owe him s—. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."

Since the 2008 election:
Wurzelbacher has signed with a publicity management agent regarding media relationships, including "a possible record deal with a major label, personal appearances and corporate sponsorships."

In November 2008, Wurzelbacher was hired for a series of commercials reminding people to convert analog television to digital

In November 2008, Wurzelbacher began promoting his book Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream. Co-written with novelist Thomas ... the book addresses Wurzelbacher’s ideas concerning American values. In particular, Wurzelbacher criticizes John McCain and states that he did not want him as the Republican presidential nominee.

In January 2009, Wurzelbacher began work as a motivational speaker and commentator. His first assignment was to comment from Israel on the fighting between the Israeli Defence Forces and Hamas, focusing on the Israeli experience of the conflict. On February 26, Wurzelbacher spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he led a panel titled "conservatism 2.0". On February 27, he spoke at the Washington, D.C. American Tea Party protest in Lafayette Park. In March, Wurzelbacher attended two conferences in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, first speaking to the "Conservative Young Professionals of Milwaukee," and then at the “Defending the American Dream Summit." On April 15, he spoke at the Michigan Tax Day Tea Party in Lansing. On May 6, 2009, Wurzelbacher appeared at a campaign event on behalf of New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Lonegan. In May 2009, Time magazine reported that Wurzelbacher was quitting the Republican Party. On September 19 he spoke at a Tea Party protest at Veteran's Park in Milwaukee.

---- Joe also considered running for public office but after talking to God about it he felt God said no. God wants him in the "grassroots" activist area.

I wonder sometimes if "grassroots organizer/activist " may be code for the old Socialist "central planner." Grassrooter being the entry level. (If Hayek is correct, that central planning robs people of their basic freedoms and ruins their economy, then we must be on schedule.)

But, I think Joe has all the qualities of an American flip-flop politician - self-absorbed, self-serving, self-important, wanting big income for little effort, and really full of b.s.

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