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Joe the Plumber

The Plumber vs. The General

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Dosen't McCain and Palin understand that they undermine their own campaign with these shoddy attempts to fire up their own base?

'Joe the Plumber' Strikes Back At The Media

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — "Joe the Plumber" is lashing out at the media for analyzing his personal life since he suddenly became a focal point of the president...

Ad Wars: Obama Condemns Gambling With Healthcare As McCain Proposes Laissez Faire Economic Plan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Hughes

Political communications consultant Mike Hughes, special to OffTheBus, deconstructs the latest campaign ads, frame by frame. In his latest ad, Obama ...

Taxes Are Not Always A Bad Thing

Jennifer Bernard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Bernard

The taxes on Joe-the-Plumber's $250,000 bought me my first-grade textbooks when my family was on food stamps. I do not feel guilty that Joe may have had to drink less-expensive champagne that year so that I could have a sandwich for dinner.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Increasingly desperate, John McCain and the GOP are throwing the kitchen sink at Barack Obama. No wonder they called Joe the Plumber. So this week brought racist mailers, a tidal wave of robocalls, more Bill Ayers, Sarah Palin's love of the "pro-American areas of this great nation," and McCain's outlandish claim that ACORN is "destroying the fabric of democracy." Not unwarranted wiretapping, waterboarding, extraordinary rendition, or the denial of habeas corpus. ACORN. Bringing this toxic collection together in one despicable no-goodie bag was Rush Limbaugh, who charged that Obama -- aided and abetted by Ayers and ACORN -- is "smack dab in the middle" of a 30-year plot to teach black children to "hate, hate, hate" America. It's going to take more than a plumber to pull McCain's -- and his party's -- reputation out of the sewer.

Sam Stein

Obama Launches Own 'Joe The Plumber' Robocall | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama's campaign is trotting out its own "Joe the Plumber" to counteract efforts by John McCain to make inroads on the white working class vote...

Can McCain Stage Another Comeback?

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are 18 days until the end of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. Having begun this campaign as the clear front-runner -- not only for the ...

Joe the Plumber Steals the Show

Amira Al Hussaini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amira Al Hussaini

Joe the Plumber stole the limelight at final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. Who is Joe the Plumber? What is his relation ...

SNL Thursday: Crazy McCain Rally Lady, and The Joe The Plumber Effect

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If it's Thursday, it's Saturday — Night Live, of course. In round two of SNL's election-season prime-time outings, there was a final debate sket...

Would Republicans Accuse Joe The Plumber Of Voter Fraud?

UK Guardian | James Ridgeway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Under the GOP's vote suppression strategy in Ohio, McCain's now famous icon could have had a hard time casting a ballot. In a case that has now gone ...

Debate No. 3: John McCain Should Have Watched His Words

Linda Kulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Kulman

In assuming ownership of Palin's accomplishments, no matter how thin, he characterized her as an old-fashioned help meet -- you know, the little woman who stands behind every great man.

Seth Colter Walls

McCain Accuses Obama Of "Smearing" Joe The Plumber | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain is tightening his embrace of Joe 'the Plumber' Wurzelbacher by accusing Barack Obama of "smearing" the media's newest populist fixati...

Weekly Roundup, Readers Drowning in the Mud of McCain's Campaign

Chris Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Nelson

While Obama continues to outspend and outcool his way to national polling margins that are increasingly insurmountable, McCain has latched on to Joe the Plumber as his last vestige of hope while his campaign continues the barrage of negativity through ads and robocalling.

Barack the Builder vs. Joe the Plumber: Battle of the Cartoon Stars!

Pete Cenedella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pete Cenedella

If it's a cartoon war you want, Sen. McCain, then a cartoon war you shall have! Whatever "real person" exists behind the Joe the Plumber simulacrum is of little relevance.

Barack Obama's End Game Will Be On The Ground

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

By Stephen C. Rose If Barack Obama becomes president, it will be because of grass roots organization. The people who will make the difference on Nove...

What Joe the Plumber Really Means

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Our democracy is kabuki theater, replete with symbolic archetypal Americans, used as scapegoats (Reagan's "welfare queens"), for fearmongering (Harry & Louise) and now as mythic idols (Joe the Plumber).

It's Going to Take a Lot More Than Joe the Plumber

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

I'd still like to like John McCain, especially since I once did - to some degree anyway. But with every day on this marathon, in every speech, and every debate, I'm less motivated to do so.

Counting Chickens, Joe the Plumber and the Republican Closing Strategy

Hilary Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary Rosen

In all, there is not much new in the Republican playbook this year -- and that continues to be their real problem and our real opportunity.

Debates Still No Place for Average Joes

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

As the lights dimmed on the fourth and final debate of the 2008 season, one thing has become clear: These types of debates are vestiges of a bygone TV era.

High School Debaters Debate The Debate (WATCH)

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

via The Washington Post: Last night, four members of the Walt Whitman High School Debate Team from Bethesda, Md., debated John McCain and Barack Oba...

No Post-Debate Power-Ups From Candidates' Plumber Story

Jason Notte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jason Notte

Mario has become a worldwide icon. He now represents every immigrant who had ever struggled through the levels of society and has opened the door for countless others who came after him.

Meet The Real Joe-The-Plumber!

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Logo of a REAL Joe-The-Plumber So - like practically everything else John McCain has said over the past few years - since he sold his soul to the r...

Honorary Canadian Jeffrey Feldman on Dirty Campaign Rhetoric And Why He Thinks McCain Lost The Debate (Even If Joe The Plumber Won)

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Feldman is a scholar, author, commentator, teacher, blogger and expert on speeches and messaging -- but in Canada, they know him as one half of CBC Newsworld's team of "American political experts."

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George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Spyros

My friends, we're all becoming fast friends with Joe.... UPDATE: Joe on HuffPo: McCain Accuses Obama Of "Smearing" Joe The Plumber Toledo Blade: 'J...

"Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher Not Voting for McCain

Off The Bus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Off The Bus

It might be heartening to McCain to know that he has at least one vote in Democratic stronghold Lucas County, Ohio, but for one small fact: "Joe Wurzelbacher" don't vote!