Joe the Plumber: about 2 minutes left

Joe the Plumber's 15 minutes are rapidly coming to a conclusion.  Yesterday's Post had a brilliantly scathing description of his Washington DC book-signing of which all of 11 people showed up.  Something tells me, it won't be long before you can get Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream for a couple of bucks in the remainder bin.  Some highlights:

About 11 people wandered into the rows of seats set up hopefully in the
basement of a downtown Border's bookstore to hear Joe speak. Joe
addressed them from behind a lectern and with a microphone, but that
seemed unnecessarily formal…

 Now, only a few months later, he's kind of like a vestigial tail, a
leftover artifact from a forgotten time. He's Clara Peller, Willie
Horton or Gennifer Flowers — names that are the questions in a
"Jeopardy!" category called "Presidential Campaign Distractions."…

Joe replied that he believes "our American heritage is being torn
apart" by flag burners, critics of the military, and those who mock
Christian values. He expressed his admiration for patriotic immigrants,
and said he dislikes terms like African American and Asian American
("We're all Americans," he said). For some reason, he concluded by
saying, "America has always been a kick-butt, take-names kind of

Wurzelbacher was scheduled to speak and sign books for three hours,
but the Joe Show was over in 55 minutes. Total copies of "Joe the
Plumber" sold: five.

I almost feel sorry for him.  


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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