Joe The Political Consultant, Redux
Oh, how I would love to have been there:
[‘Joe The Plumber’] Wurzelbacher opposes the stimulus and said he questioned why the government canâ€™t just cut its bills like other people do. He also advised staffers to take a harder line on the legislation: â€œRepublicans on the Hill are afraid of saying too much,â€ he noted.Further recommendations from the Karl Rove of the Commode included having â€œsomeone go in there and kick some ass.â€
Staffers emphasized that he was there to give a different perspective on the stimulus debate â€” not to effect serious policy change.
Wesley Denton, communications director for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), whose office coordinates the group, said, â€œI think staffers were happy to have him there and hear his perspective. Heâ€™s an interesting person for staffers to hear from, and it certainly helps us get an understanding about how the stimulus debate is playing out in the country with regular folks.â€
The ‘Karl Rove of The Commode’. Priceless.
[…]has been both a less-than-constant supporter of McCain (he once said the senator gave answers about the financial bailout that â€œappalledâ€ him) and a less-than-ideal idol (he turned out to have been practicing his trade without a license).
His name isnâ€™t really Joe â€” itâ€™s Samuel â€” and the story he told Barack Obama on the campaign trail wasnâ€™t exactly true.
Heâ€™s also had some tax troubles, which might have made him an awkward choice for a sage as Republicans take aim at the Obama administration for the tax woes of Tom Daschle and Timothy Geithner.
Oh, but he’s a great person to have around the conservative thinktank — you know, with his vast knowledge of global issues and his indispensable political acumen. And since when is a guy who is trying to get a book deal, traveling to the mid-east for PJTV and allegedly considering a run for Congress classified as a ‘regular folk’?
Newsflash Republicans: It’s time for you to take back your party.Â You’ve got fresh blood at the helm in the form of Michael Steele.Â Take advantage of that momentum and start to rebuild the GOP from the inside.Â Don’t let any more average ‘Joes’ distract you.
[cross-posted at ThePajamaPundit.com]
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