The Messiah’s Clothes

In Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes an emperor who cares too much about clothes hires two swindlers who promise him the finest suit of clothes from the most beautiful cloth. This cloth, they tell him, is invisible to anyone who was either stupid or unfit for his position. The Emperor cannot see the (non-existent) cloth, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they dress him in mime. The Emperor then goes on a procession through the capital showing off his new “clothes”. During the course of the procession, a small child cries out, “But he has nothing on!” The crowd realizes the child is telling the truth.

In the 2008 US Presidential elections fiction has sadly not become reality.

The great Batton Lash weighs in on our new friend Joe the Plumber, who had no idea a mere 10 days ago that he'd ever plumb the depths of the media's shamelessness
Cartoon courtesy of Batton Lash

Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher has certainly and painfully found this out. Rather than the Obama supporters realizing the truth about their messiah – to them he is Hope and Change, the messiah for a new America – they attacked Joe, as a person, as a man, and as an American in any way possible.

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4 Responses to “The Messiah’s Clothes”

  1. Texan Says:

    Ramblings indeed. Your blog is one of the most right-wing-nut-bag collection of blame shifting I’ve encountered. Do you DRINK ignorance?

  2. Ari Collins Says:

    Dude. No one that I know is attacking Joe the Plumber. Just pointing out that he only makes $40K a year, so would get a bigger tax cut from Obama than McCain. If he somehow gets the money together to buy a plumber’s business, as he talked about, and starts making over $250K a year, it will no doubt be in part because he’ll pay a lot less taxes under Obama. This is not an attack on him personally, and it only takes a second to look this stuff up.

    The only “attack” I’ve heard is on the idiocy of the McCain campaign in picking this guy to be an example of problems with Obama’s tax plan when he’s in fact an argument for it (even he admits he’d be better off under Obama’s plan).

  3. jonolan Says:


    Obama’s supporters have been digging up every bit of trouble that they could for Joe, and all because he asked Obama a question. They’ve done their best to vilify the man – and the media has gladly sensationalized it.

    Hell, HuffPo even published his personal details – address, phone number and such – and invited people to harass him. Thankfully, that post was eventually deleted.

    I’m disappointed that you can’t see past Obama far enough to notice the evils that his followers are regularly committing.

  4. Akira Says:

    No way maaaan, you’re trippin’ duuude. The O’Man no way said to Joe the Plumber that stuff about spread the wealth. That’s like straight outta the Karl Rove playbook – coz McLame is Bush’s 3rd term. And you fell for it. In fact Obama didn’t even meet any plumber and besides that plumber is a plant and he’s McLame’s cousin and he’s a croupier, not a plumber. The vast ring wing smear conspiracy just invented a meeting and faked THE ONE meeting some alien and put it on CNN and other fascist extreme right wing news shows, and anyway if McLame ever met a plumber I bet his supporters would write maverick on their chests and chase him out of town coz they’re racist and homophobic!

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