Josh is one of those guys you just sometimes want to smack, but can't. He was the guy in high school that told the lame jokes that weren't funny that you were embarassed for and you wanted to crawl under your desk just to get away from the on-going discussions of whatever it was he and his friends were talking about.
Josh really does have some potential. He unfortunately is Jim Bob 2.0. I am not sure that's a bad thing, except that he's not really taking the best qualities of Jim Bob, he's taking the smarmy, lame qualities of Jim Bob instead. He's the carsalesman/Politician huckster mug-for-the-camera (where as Jim Bob will admit that he actually is quite nervous when it comes to public speaking, former State Rep or not) kind of guy instead of the morally just and proud father making sure everything is running smooth Jim Bob 1.0. Wow I really hope that paragraph made sense.
I really do think Josh wants to follow in his father's footsteps. From the early days of the 1 hour specials when he was a mid-late teen he said he was interested in politics and thought of law school. He's a definate republican and active in the electoral process since following his dad to the capitol all those years ago. He is also starting with the car business just like his dad did, he's starting by marrying young, just like his dad did. Let's hope he's staying debt free, just like his dad is now.
Of all the Duggar children I think the TV show is affecting Josh the most. I think he's the hungriest for fame. I don't think he wants Paris Hilton fame--he probably doesn't know who she is--I think he wants to use his name recognition to one day get him into the state house just like his dad. He may start with city council and work his way up---but of all of them--he's the camera fiend. Afterall, he was the one that built the audio/visual studio in the new house and filmed everything. He even got some credits on the documentaries--at least one.
As for Anna, she's a hard read. For someone who has lead such a sheltered life, she adapted REALLY well to being on camera, interviewed, and giving birth to a nation of fans. That surprised me. Seriously, how does that happen? We've seen where she came from, where she grew up, and now she's on TV and not even a blush or a stutter. Of all of them, she's impressive! She just walked right in and made herself at home. Good for her! And for having a baby so soon, with the world's most famous mom as her mother-in-law, that has to be intimidating--she has a great teacher to go to, yet she probably thinks she also has her watching her every misstep as well. You'd think Josh would know everything about babies, yet he's goofed a few things up on camera too. It's nice though, show's his human side.
One thing I do think is funny is that people on the blogs are always complaining how she's always sitting on his lap, or they are always holding hands and always kissing. Are they kidding? Both of these kids were raised in homes that discouraged dating (didn't forbid) but these two chose not to kiss until they got married and chose not to date until they were engaged. Frankly now that they're allowed to touch each other all they want, we're lucky they aren't publicly mounting each other!
I'm not sure where these two are headed. Sometimes I think Josh is jockeying for a show of his own when his family's show ends. Why else would his car business be such a low priority? The hours they are open are something like 10-5 M-Sat I think someone posted on a msg board. They either get a stipend from TLC because they are over 18 or he saved a bunch of money from work he did before he got married and is living of dividends.
Like I said, a mystery wrapped in a riddle. Any thoughts? Ok other than he's gotten a little fat....