Read the whole article. Steyn surrounds the entire phenomenon with characteristic elegance. I just can't resist singling out a few particularly wonderful verbal morsels:
...our Fact Check Unit ran the numbers on the Obama tax-cut plan and the number is correct: “95.” It’s the words “per cent” immediately following that are wrong: that’s a typing error accidentally left in from the first draft. It should read: Under the Obama plan, 95 of the American people will get a tax cut.
...[0bama said,] “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
In that sentence about you spreading the wealth around, there’s another typing error: that “you” should read “I, Barack.” “You” will have no say in it.
...President-presumptive Obama kindly explained the new exquisitely condescending “talking-down economics:” Put that in your pipe and solder it.
...[0bama is apparently] still willing to talk to Ahmadinejad without preconditions. But never again will he talk to Joe the Plumber without preconditions.
...Vast regiments of investigate reporters were redeployed from the Wasilla Holiday Inn back to the Lower 48.
...Alas, as a result of this massive investment of journalistic resouces, no investigative reporter will be free to investigate ACORN voter-registration fraud or Obama’s ties to terrorist educator William Ayers until, oh, midway through his second term at least.
...Joe is now the most notorious plumber in American politics since the Watergate plumbers. And they weren’t licensed, either.
...I’m with Joe the Plumber, not Joe the Hair-Plugger. He’s articulated the animating principles of America better than anyone on either side in this campaign. Which is why the O-Bots need to destroy him. As Obama’s catchphrase goes:
“Joe the Plumber!
Can we fix him?
Joe the Plumber!
Yes, we can!”
For the record, I am not a government-licensed pundit. But I expect they’ll fix that, too.