To judge by the mainstream media attention given to Joe the Plumber, you’d think the photo on the left represents the media’s opinion of Joe’s work. If only Obama had been vetted even a tenth as much as Joe!
Tony Esolen has noted the way Joe pairs up with those who demand he explain himself to America. Referring to one encounter between Joe and a TV interviewer that is circulating on the internet these days, Esolen comments:
What fascinates me about the interview was that it seemed we were watching creatures from two utterly different universes, or from two different epochs. The anchoress — I’m not sure who it was; I don’t watch them — was all smiles, all makeup, with her expensive coif and her neat business suit. Then you have Joe, nearly bald, stocky, wearing an ordinary sweat shirt and jacket, hardly smiling at all; it was as if he thought that the election hinged upon matters that transcended the moment, and that were certainly more important than his own brief burst of notoriety.
I don’t think Esolen’s point in this particular blog is to expound the gender perspectives, though I’d expect those to pop up in future blogs on Joe the Plumber. Esolen promises to write something each day for a week (if I understand him aright) on this interview. Stay tuned here for updates.