11 May 2009

Say It Ain't So, Sammy Joe

"Joe" the "Plumber" has left the Republican Party.

Via TPM:
Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, tells TIME he’s so outraged by GOP overspending, he’s quitting the party — and he’s the bull’s-eye of its target audience, the article says.

Mr. The Plumber has been a figurehead among Republican activists since last October, when a chance encounter with Barack Obama and the active promotion by McCain campaign turned him into the face of blue-collar conservatism. If he’s not willing to call himself a Republican, they’re really in trouble.

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.
And here I thought the GOP were going to run Mr. Plumber for something.

Palin/Wurzelbacher in 2012? Anyone? Bueller?