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Joe The Plumber Losing His Fanbase, Finally

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There’s a poll on Little Green Footballs that asks, “Where do you stand on the Joe The Plumber scale?”

A full 62.7% of Lizards took the stance “Joe’s pretty good, needs a little work, heart’s in the right place." I personally voted the not-so-popular option, “Joe totally sucks” (9.7%), but keep in mind there was an option that said “Joe totally rocks” and it only got 22% of the vote. It should be a lesson. If Little Green Footballs of all places doesn’t think you totally rock, and the basis of your life is to be a sideshow for the conservative movement, making a living out of pretending to be something you aren’t for the hope of all-cap internet commenter idiots, then it’s time to leave.

As you all know, and as Haaretz posted this week from the Associated Press, “Joe the Plumber has set aside his wrenches to become a rookie war correspondent, covering Israel's side of its two-week-old military offensive in Gaza.”

The article goes on to quote the former unemployed plumber’s apprentice as saying ‘"The people of Sderot can't do normal things day to day," like get soap in their eyes in the shower, for fear a rocket might come in.


"Why hasn't Israel acted sooner?" Wurzelbacher asked. "I know if I were a citizen here, I'd be damned upset. He described himself as a peaceloving man, but added, "When someone hits me, I'm going to unload on the boy. And if the rest of the world doesn't understand that, then I'm sorry."

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Joe the Sideshow’s would-be fans are jumping ship faster than he quit his non-existent job to ride John McCain’s Straight Talk Express into the flames of defeat. Jazz Shaw, writing for Pajamas Media (who host Joe’s war reporting, and will be presenting him as a speaker at February’s Conservatism 2.0 Conference) entertainingly said of Joe’s war correspondence, “Thus far the only talents on display seem to have been a knack for emerging onto his lawn at an opportune moment and putting a rather blunt question to a presidential candidate.”

Weeks ago, I’d tell you that Joe’s fortuitous fame was the sign of Republicanism’s coming decades of destruction, but even the most psycho of the bunch seem to be cooling off to their final push of anti-sophistication.

According to another account, Joey told off other journalists in Israel, saying, “You should be ashamed of yourself…You should be patriotic, protect your family and children, not report like you have been doing for the past two weeks since this war has started."

If you check out the link to Haartz.com, you’ll see that all you need to do is click a link to “receive up to the minute coverage of the warfare in Gaza directly to your inbox.”

Joe is the face of our Reality Show media, casting his own ignorance on the situation he has no business talking about to his friends, let a lone reporting to a two-bit web site. He is no better than Bret Michaels, getting tattooed former strippers to compete for his “love.” This faux plumber just has a different audience. It’s hard to tell if his 16th minute of fame is going to last beyond what mankind can endure, but so far, the media’s doing their best to let him speak to things he has no knowledge (he’s promoted his ghostwritten book on several cable news channels), while a few Freepers and Politico sycophants who see this guy in action have no choice but to agree with his dumbed-down view of life. He’s given internet trolls another reason to hate. As if there weren’t enough.

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Randy LoBasso lives in Philadelphia, PA, where he does a bunch of freelance writing. He wrote for OpEdNews in 2007/2008.

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