Joe The Plumber’s Fake Small Business
Sarah Palin is on my TV advocating policies for people like Joe the Plumber “who are struggling to maintain a small business”.
Joe the Plumber isn’t struggling to maintain a small business. He doesn’t have one. And he’s not actually struggling – he just wants to be sure that when he has a business and it’s making a quarter million dollars in Holland, Ohio, he won’t have to pay 3% extra in taxes. You see, it helps if you remember your talking points about your crappy everyman stand-in. Either that, or if you’re going to start making things up about him, I’d like it if he was a hard-nosed private eye with a keen-eyed secretary who actually solves all of his cases for him. That, I could buy.
Palin’s also demanding records of all communications between ACORN and Obama, like that time where he wrote to the elusive Mr. Peanut (shadowy head of the nut-based organization) and talked about how amazing it would be if the entire starting lineup of whatever football team McCain told his captors about actually voted for him instead. And it will happen.
It’s amazing how marginalized Palin became after her debate, like that great funny character on a sitcom who gets overexposed and then gets relegated to bit parts every couple of weeks – except that she keeps insisting that her harebrained scheme to become vice president will pan out. It’s not that entertaining any more.
UPDATE: I think the secret to what Ezra discusses is that McCain and Palin don’t actually care or know anything about Joe. Some words came out of his mouth. Good words. Useful words. And those words will be used to make other points. With words. That’s the important thing here. So long as those words aren’t eloquent, obviously. That’s for elitists.