I’ve seen America, and his name is Joe
If you watched the presidential debate last night, you no doubt heard the many references by John McCain and Barack Obama to “Joe the plumber,” which might as well be written Joe the Plumber with a capital P, seeing as that’s his official name as far as the media is concerned.
From that moment forward in the debate, McCain and Obama continued to frame their economic arguments in terms of Joe the Plumber. Eventually, Obama was looking straight into the camera and saying, “Joe…”, like he was in direct contact with Joe via a video phone.
Moments like this serve as their own punch line. This quickly became goofy, to the point in the debate that when Joe’s name came up yet again, I had to announce, “This debate has officially jumped the shark.” It was ready-made for mockery. An entire nation of 300 million people had been boiled down to Joe the Plumber. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and “Saturday Night Live” Thursday Edition will all have a field day of it a few hours from now.
I feel sorry for Joe the Plumber, who now will have to field countless interviews until the media gets bored with him. The AP is reporting today that Joe the Plumber doesn’t even have a plumbing license. He’s apparently a plumber in vocation, just not technically, or something. What does that mean? Who knows, or cares?
The only remaining question: Is Joe the Plubmer the same guy as Joe Six-Pack? For that matter, does Joe Six-Pack really come home and drink six beers? Or does he just reach straight for the Jack Daniels?
New rule (to steal a line from Bill Maher): These random American guys that the candidates are talking to when making their arguments can no longer be named Joe. Average Joe and Regular Joe and Joe Blow have all left the building.
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