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Joe the Plumber, part 2

I've made light of Joe the Plumber, and his buddy Sam the Butcher, but in a larger sense it presents a potential opening for McCain.

The fact that they spent seven minutes of the debate talking about Obama's desire to redistribute wealth and tax small business owners is not good for Obama.

Was it a knockout punch -- of course not.  But if McCain can keep the "Joe the plumber" momentum today -- use it to humanize Obama's big-tax habit -- then it could provide a delayed bump in the polls.  I don't think it will close the gap, but at least it will change the conversation (regarding the economy at least), and give McCain an easy-to-understand line of attack against Obama's economic plan.

The key is how McCain follows up today and tomorrow. He and Palin should make Joe the Plumber the centerpiece of their stump speeches and hammer home the tax issue.  Nothing else has worked -- might as well try.

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McCain might as well entertain the idea of making Joe is VP candidate and shedding Pfailin. In the immortal words of White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson, "this game is ovah!"

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

At the rate that Joe the Plumber is getting press in general, I'm starting to think that he will sway voters if/when he announces who he will vote for.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMW

Well, as it's already made the wires that Joe the Plumber doesn't have a plumbers license (apparently he doesn't need one if he works for someone else) and that he's really not sure how and when he would take over his bosses two man business, I think McCain would be better off moving on.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScott

McCain does need the plumber - to unclog the mess he made of this campaign.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Joe the Plumber has already become a scandal for McCain. He's got more skeletons than Sarah Palin, evidently.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

We redistributed his wealth in 2001 and 2003. We took a tax cut he could have had and made it smaller. We called it "supply-side" economics.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian

I hope Letterman nails McCain on Joe the Plumber and his skeletons...McCain has no dea what kind of wagon he hitched himself to. I am already seeing several, several news org, blogs, etc are diving htrough this guys past and stuff is already coming out fast a furious...hasn't paid taxes in a couple years, a lein on his house, he isn't even registered, etc...I f'ing love how McCain continuously flops around like a fish out of water.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Evidently McCain and Letterman kiss and made up.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

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