Joe the Plumber: "Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump My Constitutional Rights"

Adam Weinstein · 05/27/14 12:00PM

Joe the Plumber is an idiot. But in his latest idiocy—a crass dance on the graves of the just-murdered mass-shooting victims in Isla Vista—he teaches us all an important lesson about exactly how conservative thought on individual rights has shifted in recent years.

Stephen Colbert Is 'Quickly Angry' About Obama's Fast and Furious Program

Matt Toder · 06/20/12 11:01PM

On tonight's Colbert Report, Stephen addressed the fallout from Congress' investigation into the Fast and Furious program, specifically Attorney General Eric Holder being found in contempt of Congress. He also used the issue as a jumping off point to address Joe the Plumber's recent ad which equated gun control with the Holocaust.

CPAC: Endorsing Joe the Plumber, Declaring War on Hyphens

Emma Carmichael · 02/10/12 11:00AM

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Samuel Wurzelbacher, otherwise known as "Joe the Plumber," is still plumbing. He is running for Congress as a Republican in Ohio's Ninth District—Dennis Kucinich's turf—but he is also still plumbing. He just did a job for a friend two weeks ago. He says he will plumb for life.

Joe the Plumber Witnessed Doing Actual Plumbing (for a Photo Shoot)

Jim Newell · 01/24/12 04:11PM

Joe the Plumber, whom our senior citizen readers might remember as the guy who asked presidential candidate Barack Obama a tax question on YouTube and briefly became a conservative celebrity, has this new fundraising ad out for his congressional run in Ohio. By "fundraising ad," however, we mean "Facebook photo," and in this photo he appears to be doing plumbing work, something he hasn't had much time for in recent years between all the conservative conference guest gigs and wet t-shirt contest refereeing at radon-filled clubs.

'Joe the Plumber for Congress' Could Actually Happen

Jim Newell · 08/24/11 11:40AM

It wouldn't be surprising to hear rumors that Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, the Ohio fellow who briefly got famous for asking Barack Obama one poorly crafted question about small business taxation policy on the 2008 campaign trail, was "considering" a congressional run. It's a nice way to get a headline without really meaning it. But apparently national Republicans actually want him to do this?

Now England Has Its Very Own 'Joe the Plumber'

Adrian Chen · 04/28/10 10:47PM

You remember Joe the Plumber, of course. The glare from his bald head illuminated just how dumb our American election process is. Now the English people have their very own Joe the Plumber. Meet 65 year-old Gillian the Pensioner!

Uninsured Conservative Activist Solicits Donations to Pay Medical Bills Incurred While Protesting Health Care Reform

Pareene · 08/10/09 12:20PM

As you can see in this confusing and poorly shot amateur video, Gladney was brutally beaten by goons and required immediate medical care (he is the guy who is briefly knocked over 6 seconds into the video and who is then shown up and running around and acting pretty much fine for the remaining 3 minutes). He got a lawyer and went to the hospital. (Maybe even in that order!)

Joe the Plumber Attacks Michael Steele

Pareene · 03/09/09 04:03PM

It's like a MadLib, isn't it? [Marginal unappealing GOP figurehead] criticized [unelected/unelectable GOP media mouthpiece] for [insane thing].