Category Archives: Joe the Plumber

The Practical Usefulness of Thoughtless Outrage

To proclaim that you are angry and outraged, and no, you haven’t thought things through and you certainly do not intend to think things through, is perhaps profoundly American. You think of the line from that movie – “I’m mad … Continue reading

Posted in American Childishness, Conservative Anti-Intellectualism, Joe the Plumber, Populist Politics, Republican Opposition to Stimulus Package, Republican Power Vacuum, The Politics of Resentment | 2 Comments

The Gentleman and the Drama Queen

The readership here is small – a hundred hits a day, give or take, save when CNN or BBC World Service notices this column or that and the traffic jumps. It happens. But given that – the situation where this … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sullivan, George F. Will, Joe the Plumber, McCain the Drama Queen, Obama the Gentleman, Propriety and Restraint, The French | 1 Comment

Getting Over It

As the 2008 presidential campaign was drawing to a close anyone could see the candidates were getting down to the basics – all the variations on all the themes has been tried and what didn’t work was dropped. There wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Joe the Plumber, McCain, McCain and Entitlement, McCain and Vietnam, McCain Hot - Obama Cool, McCain Unleashes Our Demons, McCain's Anger Problem, McCain's Dark Tactics, McCain's Lost Honor, McCain's Recklessness, McCain's Sleazy Campaign Ads, Obama, Obama Calm and Steady, Obama the Socialist | 1 Comment

Winning by Provoking Unforced Errors

Of course the end of the presidential campaign each four years means we get those sports metaphors – a candidate really hit a home run with some pithy remark that clarified everything and left his opponent with nothing to say, … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Catch-22, Forcing Errors, Joe the Plumber, McCain, McCain Hot - Obama Cool, McCain Lacks Maturity, McCain Traps Himself, McCain's Hail Mary, McCain: Hot-Head, Obama, Obama as the Grown-Up, Obama Calm and Steady, Republican Civil War, Straightforward Non-Campaigning | Leave a comment

Socialism Again

Everyone has something that is a source of occasional sadness – when you have time for such things. There was the friend who had been a studio guitarist for twenty years, and then music director for a few popular television … Continue reading

Posted in American Socialism, I am Spartacus, Joe the Plumber, McCain and Entitlement, McCain's Healthcare Plan, Obama the Socialist, Obama's Healthcare Plan, Tax Policy | 1 Comment

Documenting the Madness

Oh, Roswell, New Mexico is a strange place – you recall that in 1947 our government recovered a crashed flying saucer there, recovered the bodies of the alien critters piloting the thing, and then refused to admit we’d long been … Continue reading

Posted in Colin Powell Endorses Obama, Ed the Dairyman, Jim Webb, Joe the Plumber, McCain, McCain Erratic, McCain Lacks Maturity, McCain's Sleazy Campaign Ads, Obama as the Grown-Up, Obama Calm and Steady, Obama the Socialist, Richard Lugar | 1 Comment

The Problem with Shorthand

Oh, it was a valuable lesson. It was the early seventies, graduate school at Duke University, working on the first step, the Masters degree, and the analytical paper was on some Ben Jonson play or other. Somehow or other, at … Continue reading

Posted in American Socialism, Joe the Plumber, McCain, Obama, Obama the Socialist, Political Shorthand, Spread the Wealth Around | 1 Comment