At a fundraiser for Arizona State Senator Lori Klein, Joe the Plumber had this to say:
“You know, for years, I’ve said, you know, ‘Put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting,’” he said. “I’m running for Congress, and that should be a bad thing to say. You know what, that’s how I feel. I’m not going to hide it because I’m running for an office. I want my borders protected. I’m very, very adamant about that.”
Here’s the video:
It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go in order to get attention. I’m starting to think of the Republican Party as less a political party and more ”The Jersey Shore.”
Joe the Plumber was dragged into the spotlight by a desperate McCain campaign because he appealed to the blue-collar vote. Does that mean blue-collar workers are morons? No. Does it mean anyone who thought Joe had some value as a spokesman for middle America is a moron? Absolutely. Joe is about as well-educated as Sarah Palin, which is to say, not at all. The difference is that Sarah Palin is a genius at self promotion and Joe is strictly amateur hour.
It’s almost not worth the effort to take Joe to task for his blatant nativism and bigotry. It’s just how the GOP is these days: In order to survive in the post-Tea Party dystopia that is conservative politics, one must be truly insane or just very good at acting like it. Does Joe really thinking shooting immigrants is either rational or moral? Probably not. Does he have to claim he does if he ever wants to gain the support of the teabaggers? Yup. He also must be 100% against abortion, Obamacare, raising taxes and 100% for more guns, God and greed if he wants to be taken “seriously.”
In four years, after the black guy is out of the White House and the racism that is now the only thing supporting the GOP evaporates, there is a seismic shift in the political landscape in this country coming. Count on it.
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