Joe the Plumber

Politico has a story on Joe the Plumber, made famous by Senator McCain in last night’s debate. Unfortunately for McCain, Joe isn’t really a licensed plumber, he owes back taxes and based on his income, would benefit more from Obama’s tax plan than his own. Maybe he vetted Joe the same way he vetted his vice presidential candidate.


12 thoughts on “Joe the Plumber

  1. Zach:

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and a half now, and I enjoyed you blog so much more before every post became a political post. Its your blog and you can do whatever you want with it, but I just wanted to let you know that the Obama campaign talking points as blog posts get a little tiresome sometimes. Don’t change for me, but I can’t imagine that I’m the only one who feels this way.

  2. Brian,

    Thanks for the editorial note. I’ll submit your complaint to the committee. But just to ease your mind on my readership, the traffic for the site has almost doubled since August. You may be right that you’re not the only one who feels the way you do. I may have lost a few who are generally unfriendly to an Obama presidency, but I guess that’s the cross I bear. 😉

  3. I’m with Brian, too. I still enjoy reading the blog, and I don’t dislike the Obama campaign, but so much stumping for any candidate gets old. Maybe a post here and there, would be bearable. So much politics. Too much politics. Not enough Driscoll-bashing. Those were the good old days.

  4. But the funny political posts are funny. I enjoy those.

    Also, I was just curious, but don’t you go to a Mennonite church where Shane Hipps is the pastor? I know there are different flavors of Mennonites, but a general tenet that a fair amount of anabaptists hold involves a stance against political engagement/service within the context of government systems. I’m just curious as to where Trinity/Shane/yourself stand. Not trying to start anything, but it was something that just occurred to me for the first time, and I was curious. Especiallly since I’m an anabaptist broadly of this ilk.

  5. Sean, while I’m certainly no expert on Mennonites and their political involvement, I do think there is a certain level of non-political engagement among Mennonites. From what I can tell and from what I’ve heard, talking about politics and debating the various issues is kind of like talking about sex. It’s not that they aren’t engaged or hesitant to vote, it’s just that they don’t really talk about it openly.

    As far the content of the blog, through my experience I’ve learned it’s best to focus your creative output on what you are passionate about and not be concerned with the outcomes. I can understand my political interest may be too much for some, but I don’t intend to contemplate how what I may write will affect others. If you like it, great. If you don’t, great. Luckily my well being doesn’t hinge on whether or not everyone finds what I write pleasant and non-offensive.

  6. “It’s not that they aren’t engaged or hesitant to vote, it’s just that they don’t really talk about it openly.”

    That’s the thing, I’ve known some Mennonites who are like that, and then others who are adamantly against political involvement (like authors John Howard Yoder or Lee Camp). But as Yoder would say, it’s not that they are apolitical. They are political in a way that is so drastically different than America defines it, that most people don’t recognize it as such.

    There’s definitely a lot of diversity there. I was just kind of wondering where Trinity Mennonite stood on that. I’ve never heard Shane say anything one way or the other about it, so this conversation got me curious about it.

    And it’s not that I find the political stuff offensive or unpleasant, it just gets old. It’s the election ALL the time from EVERYONE. Every musician talks about it nonstop. Every channel on TV is all election all the time. Every media figure is “Go McCain” or “Yay Obama” and whenever you see/hear them. So much.

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