Michael Steele now has another high-profile Republican publicly bashing him: Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher.
At a meeting of conservative activists in Milwaukee, Mr. The Plumber had some tough words for the RNC chairman: “Unfortunately we have a chairman up there who wants to redefine conservatism; he wants to make it hip hop, put it in a new package and sell it.”
“You can’t sell principles; either you have them or you don’t,” he added, to applause from the audience of 800 people.
Joe The Plumber has really embraced his self-proclaimed role as the voice of the right-wing working-class voter — quite a different audience from Steele’s desire to expand the GOP into minority communities. And Joe’s pronouncement that conservative principles can’t be repackaged and sold — you either have them or you don’t — is strikingly similar to Rush Limbaugh’s line from CPAC that conservatism is unchanging and permanent, solidifying a definite line of anti-Steele thought.