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Joe the Plumber



Preamble -

What if "Joe the Plumber" was no longer able to do the business?



On February 5th, 2010 the small plumbing firm, Newell Plumbing and Heating Co. of Toledo, Ohio entered a state of involuntary liquidation by invoking chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. And Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher joined the millions of angry minority shareholders forced into unemployment by the wave of business failures sweeping across America.

In a subsequent interview with journalist Pam Meister of Family Security Matters Wurzelbacher was sharply critical of Sarah Palin, accusing the President of failing to protect the late John McCain's legacy by fighting for the American dream .

These populist comments reflected the sentiment of many Americans who also felt 'had', none more so than Ohians who had unexpectedly voted in a Republican White House.

Mischievously, Meister concluded the article by speculating that Wurzelbacher might resume the secondary career which had made him a national celebrity during the recent Presidential Election. Released on November 4, 2008, Wurzelbacher starred as a moustachioed handyman - 'Joe the Plumber' - in Who's Nailin' Paylin?, an American pornographic film directed by Jerome Tanner that satirized then U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.



Author's Notes


The primary source of this post is Wikipedia which records -

On October 12, 2008, three days before the final presidential debate, Obama met residents in Wurzelbacher's Ohio neighborhood. Wurzelbacher, who had been playing football with his son in his front yard at the time, asked Obama about his tax plan. As ABC News cameraman Scott Shulman recorded the conversation, Wurzelbacher suggested that Obama's tax plan would be at odds with "the American dream." Wurzelbacher said, "I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan's going to tax me more, isn't it?"

A big fan of conspiracy theories, the author suspected that Joe the Plumber was a republican stooge.

Steve Payne

Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.




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