THE RIGHT’S EMBRACE OF ‘JOE’ THE ‘PLUMBER’…. Hilzoy noted overnight that Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher has begun “reporting” from Israel, and has some insights to share. He noted, for example, that he doesn’t believe journalists should be allowed to cover a war, in part because reporters “make a big deal” over events on the ground, and in part because media professionals want to “down soldiers.” Wurzelbacher concluded, “I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting.”

Now, most reasonable people would read this and cringe, but I couldn’t help but be curious about how far-right blogs feel about Wurzelbacher pretending to be a war correspondent.

To be fair, a lot of the major conservative blogs have steered clear of this mess. There are, however, some notable exceptions. Here, for example, is Power Line:

By my estimation, [Wurzelbacher] has gotten a better handle on the situation than his supposed betters in the media. […]

Is there any chance Pajamas can send Joe on to Beirut, Damascus and Tehran after he completes his assignment in Israel? I think he could teach the media reporting from those locales how to do it right as well.

And Patterico’s Pontifications had this gem:

I know this drives liberals crazy — they think we’re rednecks. Maybe we are but I love this guy.

Atrios sets the record straight: “Conservatives persist with him because they wrongly believe he pisses liberals off. As with many such things, Joe the Plumber never pissed off liberals. What did piss off liberals was a mainstream news media who allowed some random dude who would benefit from Obama’s proposed economic plan to become some sort of stand in for the everyman who Obama would be keeping from achieving success somehow. Now? We’re just laughing at you, clowns.”

It’s true; we are. Seeing Wurzelbacher turned into a campaign prop was just sad; seeing Wurzelbacher turned into a media celebrity was ridiculous; and seeing Wurzelbacher turned into a war correspondent is farcical.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.