This is Joe the Plumber. He spoke at the Media Research Center’s annual “we hate the Em-Ess-Em” party this week. The Media Research Center’s founder is Brent Bozell III, who ostensibly gave the okay to have celebrity Joe come speak at the big gala. Bozell’s late father is L. Brent Bozell, Jr., an erudite, scholarly fellow who attended Yale with William F. Buckley, Jr. and ghost wrote Barry Goldwater’s classic tome The Conscience of a Conservative.
Though I’d have disagreed with Bozell’s father and Goldwater on a number of issues, I have to say, it’s too bad that the ideas-driven, intellectual old right lost its grip on the conservative movement. That Joe the Plumber is one of the right’s biggest celebrities and most in-demand speakers right now is a pretty sad commentary. It’s been a long, hard fall from “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice….and….moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” to, “God, all this love in the room and everything. I’m horny.”