Economist of The People

By Brian Beutler

If he’s going to be an economic adviser to the House GOP, perhaps he should consider changing his name back to Samuel Wurzelbacher. That sounds more economist-y than Joe The Plumber. Somebody should tell him, though, about all the tax cuts in the stimulus package.

Seriously, this sad saga makes me wonder how relevant the debate over the future of the GOP really is. All respect to Ross and Reihan, of course, but it seems pretty clear to me that the conservative movement plans to quadruple down on its “gin up the crazies” strategy. If they were serious about changing their image, they’d dump Joe “Sarah Palin is Absolutely the Real Deal” Plumber into an ice fishing hole somewhere near Wasilla.