Politics makes for strange bedfellows. Or, in this case perhaps, the right-wing gravy train can’t last forever, especially when you’re a barely literate hack. That’s the hard new reality for the 2008 election campaign-oddity infamously known as ‘Joe the Plumber.’
Sadly, hard times have come for Joe. The attention from conservative media has waned, the requests for speaking engagements have all dried up, and the attempt to win an Ohio congressional seat ended up in a rout. Nonetheless a man is a beast that has to keep eating. So now he’s got to fashion a way to survive without welfare from the wingnut state. What’s a right-wing legend/marginally skilled plumber to do? Get a union job with Chrysler of course:
Yes, I have a website that puts out conservative news. Yes, I am part owner of a gun company. Yes, I’m a Republican who was cast into the limelight for having the temerity to confront Barack Obama on the question of redistributing wealth… But I’m a working man and I’m working.
Never mind that he owes his not inconsiderable fame and virtually every buck he’s made the last 5 years to the anti-union GOP nominees from 2008 John McCain and Sarah Palin. Forget that he won the congressional primary and ran as the Republican in Ohio’s ninth district in 2012. He’s never really had anything to do with any partisan group, and heck those folks don’t like him anyway. Because he’s always been his own man. See:
Since I became part of the zeitgeist I’ve been called a sellout many times – as if the Republican Party sends me a check every month for towing the Party line somehow – but anyone familiar with my online or public activism knows I could care less about either Party and for the most part, they want nothing to do with me.
So he’s only doing now what he’s always done – going his own way. Living by his own rules. And telling everybody about the actual America, the way that reality really is.
That’s all he was doing back in 2008 when he called out candidate Barack Obama and made him spill his Socialist guts in front of the cameras. That’s what he was doing in this interview with Terry Jeffrey from February 2009 [starting at 2:00]:
TERRY: …the substance of what you said was that Obama’s vision was akin to Socialism.
TERRY: Now President Obama’s been elected, he’s been in office for a number of weeks. In what you’ve seen come forward from the Obama administration, do you think that your understanding of where Obama was going back then has been on the mark, or have you reconsidered it?
JOE: Oh absolutely. No, no reconsideration at all. He’s talking about nationalizing a bank. Scary. He’s gonna give more money to the automobile industry. Again, um, you know this is capitalist society. If you’re government’s gonna take care of companies it’s no longer a capitalist society. You can’t have it both ways. So if he continues to do this it will turn into a Socialist [society].
Unfortunately comrade Obama ignored your counsel and saved Chrysler from oblivion with Soviet-style statism. And for that abominable act, from our twice elected president, to you, Joe, let me offer this humble apology: You’re welcome. Now pay your taxes bitch.
TERRY: You’ve emerged as more or less an icon of middle class America. Why don’t you believe that President Obama is looking out for your interests?
JOE: Because he’s a politician, his lips are moving and he’s lying…But essentially the actions that I’ve seen him take thus far have proved that he’s going towards more of a Socialist regime as opposed to a republic. In fact I don’t even think he knows what a republic is…
TERRY: So he won’t objectively serve the interests of the middle class. But many of your neighbors voted for Obama, did they not?
JOE: Yes they did.
TERRY: They were persuaded by his argument.
TERRY: You don’t think so?
JOE: Oh absolutely not. They were union members. They were persuaded by their union steward.
Now look who’s got a union boss of his own to deal with. Look who’s got a decent job and union card, Sarah Palin’s renegade. John McCain’s straight talker. The man who was once famous for layin’ the free-market truth on Communist Guy. None other than Joe fuck this community organizer the Plumber. This guy:
Can a conservative work safely and soundly in a union environment – in a shop filled with union workers, activists, voters and life-long supporters of the Democrat Party? You betcha…I’m no different than anyone else working at this company in that I want to fix my house up, pay off some bills, provide a secure future for my family and that doesn’t have a Party affiliation as far as I know.
My but the times have changed. So how about a little advice, brother? Don’t let the union steward get in a word edgewise on you. Don’t allow him to go on about how your job security now beats that of any private contractor’s, or how your quality of life is better than it’s ever been before. Don’t let him tell you that you owe a debt to the union organizers that made it all possible. Times may be tough but that hardly necessitates any humility on your part. Give him instead both barrels of your philosophy of life which, from what I can tell, has always been Gimme The Money.