Friday, February 27, 2009

The RNC's choice for voice of the Republican everyman

From Think Progress

On Wednesday, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher said that if he were in Congress, he would “probably be in jail” because he’d be charged with “slapping some member.” He added, “And that’s not [bull] either.” ThinkProgress asked Joe at CPAC yesterday which members he would most like to slap. “Pretty much anybody that’s stood there and said anything bad about our troops, pretty much anybody who sat there and talked treasonous talk about America,” Joe said. He then implied that some members of Congress should be shot:

Back in the day, really, when people would talk about our military in a poor way, somebody would shoot ‘em. And there’d be nothing said about that, because they knew it was wrong. You don’t talk about our troops. You support our troops. Especially when our congressmen and senators sit there and say bad things in an ongoing conflict.
Hopefully, the sort of extremism that Wurzelbacher represents will eventually lead to some sort of reform of the Republican Party as voters are driven off. Unfortunately, in the short term, at least, this is the sort of voter that is driving Republican politics (via primary elections.)

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