“Joe the Plumber,” Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher of Holland, Ohio, is on his way to the Gaza fray.
The non-plumber, non-economist, worst-selling memoirist, would-be country singer and token exhibition plebian for the failed McCain presidential campaign is now a non-war non-correspondent covering the Israeli incursion into Gaza for some blog. He is uniquely qualified to do this, as he was briefly famous for being well-known.
Mr. Wurzelbacher will spend the entire duration of the conflict (or 10 days, whichever comes first) in Jerusalem, well away from Gaza, seeing the same news you do and interviewing average Yusseles and Yusifs (in Hebrew and Arabic?) with the same skill and candor that convulsed the USA.
We hope J-the-P has obtained all professional press gear, especially one of those neat safari jackets or vests (Governor Palin can help him shop for it). Hint: Clean-head reporters get the matching hat, too.
We expect Mr. Wurzelbacher to raise the lid on this story, plunge into it, and snake out the truth, plumbing the depths of the issues and avoiding the hairy tangles that clog mainstream media reports, draining them of meaning.
Anderson Cooper, watch your backside.
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(Arabic and Hebrew versions of “Joe the Plumber” via Google Translate).
Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length. The Gaza tragedy is far from humorous. This post is about American media absurdity, and comments about that are welcome.