Last night America's favorite pipe expert became an official political flashpoint, right up there with LBJ's daisy-picking child and Checkers the spaniel. So let's take a look back at the man the candidates call Joe the Plumber, probably because they're afraid of mispronouncing his actual last name (Wurzelbacher).
Mr. The Plumber first entered our collective consciousness when he met Barack Obama during a campaign stop in Ohio.
The exchange was quickly picked up by Fox News, which got Joe on the phone for an interview during Neil Cavuto's show. After giving it some thought, Joe has concluded that Barack Obama is a Socialist Robin Hood who elitistly categorizes hardworking plumbers as "peasants."
Joe went on to have a "candid conversation" with Family Security Matters, the conservative group that made security moms the Joe the Plumbers of 2004. Joe candidly revealed that he tricked Barack Obama into admitting he doesn't believe in the American Dream…
PM: Do you think your question surprised Obama, caught him off guard at all?
JW: Well that was actually my intent. Most people, you ask them "do you believe in the American Dream?" Nine times out of ten they'll sit there and go, "Yeah, of course!" That's where he messed up, because as soon as I asked him that, his answer shows that he doesn't believe in the American Dream.
And, of course, Joe weighed in on the debate last night, telling Kate Couric that Barack Obama is just like that other skinny black guy. What's his name? Sammy Davis, Jr.
So, to recap: Barack Obama is a tap-dancing Socialist Robin Hood who only believes in Dreams that are Un-American (probably Muslim!).
And this time next year, we'll be calling Joe the Plumber Joe the Fox News commentator.
Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Fox, Joe the Plumber, John McCain, Neil Cavuto, Ohio