Before there was Sarah Palin, there was Joe the Plumber. Joe had his 15 minutes of fame and then some. Now, he is running for Congress.
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) declaring his intention to seek the congressional seat held by Rep. Marcy Kaptur in Ohio’s 9th district.
I wrote this over 2 years ago about Joe the Plumber and I think it is still true today –
Look, I don’t want Joe the plumber to be my president. I don’t want Sarah Palin to be my president or vice president. I want someone who has a handle on the issues, someone who knows the facts. I want someone who can assimilate vast amounts of information and can then come up with a workable solution. I want someone who understands that our democratic government is a compromise by definition. Therefore, whoever is in the White House needs to be able to negotiate with Congress and come out with something that makes sense. Glenn Beck’s diatribe would make a lot more sense if we lived in the land of Achilles, but we don’t. We live in the real world. In 1941, after Pearl Harbor, Americans were glad to have President Franklin Roosevelt, a politician, and not Joe the Plumber at the helm. Right now, our economy is in a complete and total meltdown, our environment is heating up at an alarming rate and we are fighting two wars simultaneously. With China and Russia becoming more and more our adversaries with every passing day, too, this is no time for amateur hour. I’m sorry but Glenn Beck is a moron. He has given me indigestion and I’m headed for the Pepto-Bismol… Next time he comes on the television, I’m changing the channel.