Last night, a stunning new character burst onto the political scene in the middle of the third and final presidential debate.
I'm speaking, of course, of Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher, a simple Ohio pipe-jockey with an eye on buying his successful business. Only problem: Class warrior Barack Obama hates his success and will do everything in his power to bring about his economic downfall…
"It's pretty surreal, man, my name being mentioned in a presidential campaign," he said minutes after hearing McCain utter his name.
Which time? The first or the 47th?
In Toledo on Sunday, Wurzelbacher told Obama that he was preparing the company, which earns more than $250,000 a year, and said: "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"
Obama said that under his proposal taxes on any revenue from $250,000 on down would stay the same, but that amounts above that level would be subject to a 39 percent tax, instead of the current 36 percent rate…
Wurzelbacher protested, saying he's been a hardworking plumber for 15 years and why should he be taxed more… He said Obama's reaction on the tax question left him feeling uneasy.
"I didn't think much of it the first time I heard it," Wurzelbacher said, adding that he still thinks Obama's plan would keep him from buying the business.
Joe the Plumber makes a pretty convincing argument. He somehow managed to frame the debate over Obama's economic plan in a way that John McCain and a battalion of GOP strategists have been unable to in the past several months? That's pretty impressive.
I'm thinking at this late stage, it might be a good time for the Republicans to switch running mates.
Sarah Palin should drop that dead weight and pick up Joe.
The Plumber or Six-Pack. Either one.
Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Economy, Joe the Plumber, John McCain