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16th-Oct-2008 01:06 pm
Primeval - Abby looks tense
I really should be doing other things, and am writing this while looking over my shoulder for my boss, but...the whole 'Joe the Plumber' brouhaha is cracking my shit up.

I realize that one of the characteristics of dumbasses is that they don't realize that they're dumbasses. But...damn. If you're going to bask in the limelight - and by granting interviews left, right and center, he's basking all he can - you might want to make sure beforehand that you haven't done anything that might cause you embarrassment. Or, you know, you might want to DO things. Like vote more than once since 1992. Or, you know, register to vote. Or, if you tell people you work as a plumber, you might want to make sure you have the legal documents required to perform plumbing work. Or at least be able to prove you've had some sort of training to do the work you say you've been doing.

A little piece of me feels bad for ripping on the guy, since, clearly, Joe's probably got lots of other problems to deal with - dumbasses tend to create problems for themselves just by existing. But a large piece of me just hopes that genealogical research will prove he's actually more Kentuckian or West Virginian than Ohioan, so that the rest of us don't get tarred and feathered by association with him.

And then I think, "This guy has reproduced, while dozens of people I know whose IQs are bigger than their shoe sizes choose to remain childless? The future may be in trouble."

And, finally, I think, "How long before there's a class action suit filed against his employer over years' worth of work being done by an unlicensed plumber?"
16th-Oct-2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
First off, I was woefully out of the loop because, until late last night (I am talking post-debate late) I had no idea that this Joe The Plumber guy was an actual person. I just assumed he was, along with "Joe Sixpack" and "Hockey Moms", one of those things candidates use to say "Look at me! I am talking about people just like you!" Imagine my surprise when I learned that not only was Joe a real person, but a person whose main concern was, like many, an impending tax increase! Of course, the first step in worrying about higher taxes is, you know, paying taxes, but that could just be me.

It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who will willingly appear on television, making strong statements about any number of subjects, when, if they had even the smallest shred of common sense, they'd know that they have these kind of credibility-blowing skeletons in their closets. It's like the pull of a few minutes of fame completely obscure any sense of "Man, I may actually come out looking pretty bad at the end of this." But then again, if it wasn't for these nutcases, who would provide the much needed laughter during this slow-motion trainwreck of a campaign year season?

17th-Oct-2008 02:48 am (UTC)
But then again, if it wasn't for these nutcases, who would provide the much needed laughter during this slow-motion trainwreck of a campaign year season?

This right here is why I should just shut up, sit back, and enjoy the ride. And by "ride", I mean "intense mockery". If Chad Johnson OchoCinco isn't going to provide us with much crazypants OMGWTFBBQ this season, I'm going to have to get it from somewhere!
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