Joe the Plumber [who is neither Joe nor a plumber] seems to have gotten dumber since he burst onto the national scene during the ’08 presidential campaign. He’s currently running for Congress against long-serving Democrat Marcy Kaptur. He’s an author, too. His solitary book is Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,855. Six are for sale on Amazon for 1¢.
Today Samuel Wurtzelbacher [his real name] and I were at the same event in Toledo. At the county courthouse in downtown on a amazingly sunny day, a few hundred conservative Catholics gathered to protest the Affordable Care Act. Their beef? “Religious Freedom.” Catholic organizations don’t want to pay for birth control. I suppose you thought that there was a compromise with the Catholic church and the Obama administration on that. Well, there was, but it was not good enough for this clutch of purists. So they gathered, sang songs and listened to speeches.
Interestingly the host and one of the speakers touted that the gathering was non-partisan. My arse! Innumerable times the crowd heard anti-Obama, anti-liberal, anti-Democratic rhetoric. They were told to go to the polls and vote Obama out of office.
That’s why Joe the Plumber was there- because it was non-partisan. He had fliers and a Bible. Too bad that Joe [Sam] didn’t know that Catholics don’t read the Bible. He was pimping for Catholic votes with a Bible in his hand!
Then there was the campaign literature that he handed out. Check out the panel below:
Yes, this is the skyline of Cleveland. Trouble is, the congressional seat he is running for is not in Cleveland. It runs from Toledo to the western part of Cuyahoga County, but not into Cleveland.
Poor Joe: he didn’t know. Apparently he likes the skyline of Cleveland more than the skyline of Toledo.
Oh well, what can one expect from a guy with an odd name. By the way, did you know that during the primary earlier this year, three voters charged the Board of Elections with voter fraud because they couldn’t find ‘Joe the Plumber’ on their ballot?
By the way, THIS is the Toledo skyline: