And now it turns out that Joe the Plumber isnâ€™t actually a plumber? And he didn’t pay taxes, even under the glorious Republican leadership of George Bush? And heâ€™s a registered Republican and supporter of John McCain? At least that’s what AP says. But AP is suspect ever since they pressured Sarah Palin to speak when she just wanted to pose for pictures at the UN.
What’s worse, the The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry officially endorsed Barack Obama. Their membership is made up of people who do have a plumbing license, and I guess most of them make under a quarter of a million a year. They think Obamaâ€™s tax plan is better.
And Joe might not be the perfect example of the average voter. Most of us are grateful that our parents are able to collect social security. Not Joe, he wants to do away with it. That’s pretty radical. I don’t think John McCain will get on board with that, even George Bush found it to be a wildly unpopular idea.
So I wonder if Joe approached Barack Obama in order to provide McCain with some good anecdotal material to use in the debate. I know I’m cynical, but I’ve been hurt a lot in the past eight years.