Joe the Plumber Ditches the GOP

Apparently Joe The Plumber, the “quasi-plumber turned author turned war correspondent turned economic advisor turned political reporter turned public speaker” who tried to “help” the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008 is leaving the Republican Party. This announcement is interesting — when it’s not amusing — given that he is ostensibly leaving over the GOP’s lack of fiscal conservatism:

Michael Grunwald reports that Plumber (we know he has another last name but Plumber is easier to spell) is “so outraged by GOP overspending, he’s quitting the party — and he’s the bull’s-eye of its target audience.”

“But he also said he wouldn’t support any cuts in defense, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid — which, along with debt payments, would put more than two-thirds of the budget off limits,” Grunwald adds.

This claim comes from Joe despite the fact that not so very long ago he was stumping for McCain, who isn’t really known for putting huge dents in government spending over his years in the Senate. On this Joe isn’t really that much different from the average Republican, who has refound the religion of low spending — in rhetoric, at least — since Obama came to office. Nonetheless, I wonder what Joe’s claim to fame will be now?

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