Joe Wurzelbacher, otherwise known as Joe the Plumber, is back in the “news.” Why? Is the man an elected official? No. An expert on some topic? No. A representative of some core constituency of the body politic? No. (Unless he somehow got elected leader of Racists for America.)
Why is anything the man has to say considered “news.” Nothing I have to say is considered news. Probably the same is true for you. This is not fair. I am smarter than Mr. Wurzelbacher and better looking, too. How come he gets to be on TV and I don’t?
We have the same problem with politicians. Why are comments made by Michelle Bachman (R-MN) considered news? Is she a leader in her party? No. Is she a standout legislator? No. (Can you name one bill she has written?) Is she a standout thinker on matters political? No.
We are creating these people by providing them air time. They get continued airtime by astounding us, not with their brilliance but with their vacuity.
We have transformed politics into the Goon Show.