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Joe the Plumber

McCain Campaign's Old White People Strategy

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

McCain's strategy is that there is enough of a "Bradley effect" that the election is 3%-5% closer than the polls indicate, and that scare tactics can convince another 3%-5% of white voters not to vote Obama.

My Brief Conversation with Joe The Plumber (I'm NOT Kidding)

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Camp

The first thing I said was, "Is Joe aware he'd get a tax cut under Obama?" -- because, as many of us have read, Joe ACTUALLY makes $40,000 per year, not $250,000.

When It Comes to Slicing the American Pie, McCain Serves Only the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

McCain and Palin are running around the country pretending the GOP ticket represents the best interests of the working class and small business owners. It's all false rhetoric and no real action.

Matt Damon Honored By "Joe The Plumber" Shout-Out, Campaigning For Obama

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Damon is honored that the most recent celebrity of the presidential campaign _ "Joe the Plumber" _ dropped his name in an i...

"Joe The Plumber" Meets His Match: Kareem The Soldier

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Joe the Plumber" was only one of two Americans injected into the presidential election this past week. The other was Kareem Rashad Sul...

Sam Stein

New McCain Ad: We Are All Joe The Plumber | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John McCain is going all in on the Joe-the-plumber meme with a television ad this morning that showcases other small business owners -- all claiming t...

Keeping Score in Chicago Episode 2: The Plumber Strikes Back

Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks

On this week's episode, hear Chicago band Fluid Minds tear up their new hit "Hey Joe (The Plumber)."

"Spontaneous" McCain: His Gut is His Achilles' Heel

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

This was one of those "spontaneous" things. Joe the Plumber had had his conversation with Obama about taxes, and the cameras had been rolling, and McCain had found out about it.

Parable of the Poor and Rich Plumber

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Is the American dream a selfish dream? Obama's questioner in Ohio seemed to believe that it was, and that it was always meant to be. It is clear the McCain-Palin campaign is doing everything it can to encourage that belief.

A Night on the Town With Joe the Plumber

Brian Oxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Oxman

Overnight, Joe Wurzelbacher was Joe the Plumber, and everyone wanted him. [We] took Joe's family out on the town in New York on Sunday. They went to this great place in Little Italy.

Joe Hussein the Plumber

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Plenty of Muslims are Joe-Hussein-the-Plumbers, who are being vilified by the very politicians who claim to care so much about average Americans.

The Other Reason "Green Collar Economy" Became a Best Seller

Josie Garthwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josie Garthwaite

What will our future economy look like? What would be my role in it? Politicians on the world stage, professors, plumbers, and just about everyone else, it seems, want to know.

Inboxes in South Filled With Warnings About Aliens, Commies and Schizophrenia

Linda Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Hansen

It's getting crazy down here in Dixie. When we're not talking to ourselves, we're talking to everybody else -- whether they want to listen or not. Yada-yada-Muslim, yada-yada-antichrist, yada-yada-doesn't-want-America-to-win, yada-yada-he's-a-commie-socialist!

15 Days Out: The Odd Out-of-Touch Obsessions of John McCain

Jesse Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Lee

Today's erratic attack du jour is about comments made by Joe Biden about the tough tests ahead for the next president. Even long-time Republican hack John Feehery couldn't keep up a straight face.

Sorry -- I Didn't Catch the Last Name

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

By working so hard to prove their connection to the lives of the so-called "common man," candidates are really showing how easily they can slip from concern to caricature.

Jason Linkins

Romney: Joe The Plumber Better Than Colin Powell | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Neil Cavuto's interview with Mitt Romney today was largely unremarkable in the annals of campaign shillery, save for one moment where Cavuto asked Rom...

Enough Joe Already!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Bing

I've made a decision in regards to this election. I haven't announced my endorsement yet, of course. But I do know one thing very clearly. I don't care about Joe.

My Submission For McCain's "I Am Joe the Plumber" Video Contest

Baratunde Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Baratunde Thurston

Considering the farce of Joe and the downright silliness of McCain's campaign, I just had to submit my own video.

Krugman: "The Typical Plumber Would Pay Lower, Not Higher, Taxes Under An Obama Administration"

NY Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Forty years ago, Richard Nixon made a remarkable marketing discovery. By exploiting America's divisions -- divisions over Vietnam, divisions over cult...

McCain: Upload Your Joe The Plumber Video

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

When it comes to Joe The Plumber, it will get worse before it gets better. The McCain campaign is not letting Joe go. On Monday, in fact, McCain lau...

Rachel Weiner

Joe The Plumber Tanks In Swing States | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Campaign aides to John McCain told the New York Times last week that "Joe the Plumber" would form the bedrock of their strategy for the rest of the ra...

Redistribution: From Joe the Plumber to Robert Rubin

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

Hank Paulson went the bank welfare route. Joe the Plumber and everyone else should be very upset about this method spreading around the wealth.

How Spreading the Wealth Rescued a Mother Thanks to CODEPINK and ANP

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

Who is Jocelyne Voltaire, and why is her story more relevant to America's current crisis than that of plumber Joe?

Time to Define a "Small Business" in America

Steve Colby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steve Colby

Our friend Joe the Plumber, for instance, can post yearly receipts of up to $14 million -- and still be considered a small businessman.

Bill Ayers or Bel Air?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Whether he's channeling Joe the Plumber or Joe McCarthy, John McCain is not the right man for the job.