The end of the affair — Joe the Plumber’s lost that lovin’ feeling for the GOP:
Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, tells TIME he’s so outraged by GOP overspending, he’s quitting the party — and he’s the bull’s-eye of its target audience. But he also said he wouldn’t support any cuts in defense, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid — which, along with debt payments, would put more than two-thirds of the budget off limits.
Kind of a mixed message there from old Joe, but that’s about par for the course from a guy who, by all accounts, has a brain like rotten jello. But aside from that, it’s hard to deny that the Republicans are in hideously dire straits when even Joe the Plumber is taking his lame-ass act on down the road. Joe, after all, represents the Everyman, the Average Joe, the Regular Guy, the Working(?) Stiff who’s furious that he’s getting stiffed for his hard-earned(?) cash by the Marxist Meowist Jihadist President, Barack Tse-Tung Hussein Bin Osama Bin Obama. Joe the Plumber was a lightning rod, an icon of unity bringing together the huddled Republican masses. For awhile, they were all Joe:
If the Joe the Plumber constituency takes their teabags and blows the GOP pop stand, who’s left? Oh, right… them. There’ll always be them. When push comes to shove, they‘ll still be there, whomping their bibles and beating their dachshunds, and surreptitiously tapping their toes. It’s destiny. Maybe, finally, the GOP will just drop the pretense, go full throttle batshit and just start calling itself the “Grand Old Christer Party”. Why not?