Too much of Joe?

July 28, 2009

Both U.S. political parties offend “Joe the Plumber”

HOLLAND, Ohio (Reuters) – “Joe the Plumber,” who came to symbolize U.S. taxpayer frustration during last year’s election, sounds even angrier now at what he sees as excessive government spending on the economy and healthcare reform.

“The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money. When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough?” said Joe Wurzelbacher, 35, in an interview on Friday at his modest suburban Ohio home.

Reporters later learned that Wurzelbacher did not have a plumbing license, was behind on his taxes, had a real first name of Sam, and was unmarried with a teenage son.

“Reporters later learned that Wurzelbacher did not have a plumbing license, was behind on his taxes, had a real first name of Sam, and was unmarried with a teenage son.” Why, that’s more information that reporters were able to dig up on Barack Obama during his run for the Presidency. Very impressive!

Swiss

Why is it necessary and of what value is it to note an interview was conducted in his “modest” suburban Ohio home?  What’s with the class distinction? What significance does that have to the subject or his opinion? I find it offensive and an attempt to diminish Joe’s stature in the eyes of the reader.

J.S.

Nice slime job.

Bugs

Do you add ad hominem material about Ted Kennedy when reporting on him? Like including references to Chapaquiddick?? Your reporter’s bias is showing!

Martin S.

“Joe the Plumber” must have an agent, because I can’t imagine Americans craving his opinion on anything other than a leaky faucet,broken pipe or defunct water heater and yet he gets plenty of press for his political opinions. Enough please!! This guy’s nothing more than a prototype for a subspecies of human that incessantly worries about “What’s in it for me?” and very little else. Put a plug in him.

J.E.

We got a lot of feedback on this story, divided between readers who thought we were too hard on him by adding that background information, and those who are tired of him and wondered why we bothered. I tend to side with the latter group: GBU Editor

Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (L) is joined by Joe Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber,” at a campaign stop in Elyria, Ohio October 30, 2008. Senator McCain is on a two-day, campaign bus tour through the state of Ohio. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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