Sam Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. Joe the Plumber, another rabidly anti-government tea partier who desperately wants to depart the bliss of private enterprise and land on a cushy, benefits-laden government payroll, may not be quite up to the challenge of professional campaigning.
When asked this morning on CNN why he considers himself qualified to be a United States congressman -- a job that entails dealing with our most complex issues, ranging from further bloating the U.S. tax code to maintaining D.C. cab fares as the artificially lowest in urban America -- Mr. Wurzelbacher answered that that "seems like a silly question."
To be fair to Sam, though, he did in fact expand on his answer: "One, I’m an American citizen. Two, I’m very much involved in the process of what’s going on," whatever the hell that means. My border collie was also born in this here great nation and he, too, pisses on a lot of its scenery, but that doesn't qualify him for the city council.
It is in times like this that I find myself in the profoundest support of a return to literacy tests -- not to vote, but to run.