Joe the Plumber's Got Something To Sell
So Joe the Plumber got himself an agent to manage his 15 minutes (which will end in roughly four days). The deluge of public appearance and media requests--not to mention a book contract in the offing--proved too much for the humble tradesman.
But what's in the future for Joe? Are his days installing pipe and clearing clogs over? Will he take his place in the gallery of conservative pundits called upon by MSNBC and Fox News?
Here's what I posit will happen:
1. No one will give two shits about Joe or anything he has to say after the election. Note: His shelf life might be extended should McCain win.
2. Any street cred he had with conservative voters will now be sullied, retroactive to the moment he signed a contract with an agent and starting stumping for McCain.
3. As his public appearances proliferate beyond canned speeches, it will become evident that he's poorly informed, inarticulate and has nothing to add to the discussion.
4. His book contract will fizzle once the election is decided and attention shifts back to the sputtering economy and our foreign quagmire.
5. Joe the Plumber will recede into relative obscurity--a novelty to his customers should he be allowed to continue his trade unlicensed.
In Europe and in Canada, writers are expected to speak out politically—to be active in interviews, and everywhere in the media, in talking about more than their novels. It’s just the opposite here: writers are discouraged from expressing their opinions about politics or the society. We’re expected to talk about our books, a little, and then shut up about everything else. Why? Don’t creative minds have creative ideas? Look at this woeful election process we have been undergoing. There’s been more interesting and truthful stuff about the election on The Daily Show and on Saturday Night Live than what we’ve seen on the so-called news shows. We have become so politically correct that we must present a counter argument to every opinion expressed in the news. Why? Do we not trust people to have minds of their own? Does every issue have an equal counter argument? (Of course not!) What does it say about us as a culture that a couple of comedy shows on TV are smarter and more incisive, politically, than the back-and-forth meandering that passes for “in-depth coverage” on CNN or MSNBC? The bestseller list in the U.S. doesn’t only reflect what we read. That list is a reflection of how backward we are as a culture. We are anti-intellectual, we don’t value the arts, and we don’t sufficiently support education. President Bush made sounding stupid actually comforting to many Americans. Look at the rush of instant identification that many Americans felt for Governor Palin; she was mean, she was poorly informed, she spoke badly. I said to my wife, after watching Palin’s debate with Senator Biden, that I could only think of one question that woman might not duck—one she actually might answer, even with enthusiasm. Here’s the question. I have never field-dressed a moose, but—in my deer-hunting days—I have field-dressed deer, and I would have liked to ask the perky Alaskan if the process is more or less the same. (Only a lot bigger!) I could easily imagine Gov. Palin’s eyes brightening; an onslaught of pre-orgasmic winking might have ensued. “Ya know,” she might have begun, “ya just gotta make a big slit from the critter’s brisket to its crotch, and ya gotta reach way the heck up and grab hold of the rectum. Ya can’t let the feces fall out and get all over the meat, ya know. But there’s really nothin’ to it. It’s just a moose—it’s not a Russian, or somethin’!” I think that pretty much covers what the governor might say in answer to that question, except that she probably wouldn’t use the feces word—if ya know what I mean. In short, there’s more wrong with this country than we don’t read.The interview appears on stands and online Wednesday. Photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky.
wil wrote: K, it's cleared, I can post this now. This is the HOT 18 year-old hand delivered to Casey on his 1000th day!! And yes, he really is 18 and in the adult jail. These are his 2007 senior pics. Funny thing about been in jail, is you get things pretty late. Moments ago I received the "photos" of Skaterboi. I can now understand what all the drama is about. He looks like he is 9 years old. I assure you the photos appear if they were taken 5 years ago or more. If he look that young right now I would not have been interested. He is much older looking and much cuter. You could say he grew into the baby face in those photos. If he still looks look like that i doubt they let him in general population. Casey Posted by Sport on behalf of Casey.So this guy gets "HOT 18-year-olds" delivered to him in prison? Odd.
Saturday's 29-9 loss to No. 2 Alabama in Neyland Stadium marked the third time this season the Vols have lost by double-digits to a major SEC foe. UT lost to Florida 30-6 at home on Sept. 20 and at Georgia 26-14 on Oct. 11. Tennessee, 1-4 in the SEC, earned its conference win two weekends ago over Mississippi State, 34-3. Overall, Tennessee is 1-5 in its last six games against Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Perhaps most damaging is the margin of defeat in those games. Counting UT's win during that stretch, a 35-14 victory over Georgia last year, the average score in those games has been 33-17 in favor of UT's opponents, and those five losses have come by a combined margin on 185-66. Since 2000, the Vols are 11-16 against Alabama, Georgia and Florida.That's all you need to know. Fulmer must go. Surely, no one still thinks he can compete against Saban and Meyer and Richt. So what's all this hand-wringing about? The state's sportswriters, having stuffed their faces with free stadium food for decades, have been running interference for their sugar daddy. First, they claimed the buyout was too big. But what's $6 million spread over four years? That's no obstacle for an athletic department with an annual budget of more than $85 million. Keeping Fulmer would cost more in lost football ticket sales. Now, the sportswriters/cheerleaders are saying Fulmer might still save his job by winning the rest of Tennessee's games. But victories over South Carolina, Wyoming, Kentucky and Vanderbilt shouldn't help him. The School for the Blind can beat those guys. To claim a successful season, Tennessee has to beat Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Fulmer has proven he can't do that anymore. End of story.
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