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Gearing up for 2012 presidential bid? Joe the Plumber wins seat on GOP panel in Ohio


Oh, Ohio: the state that keeps on giving. And in such a spectacularly bipartisan way!

Two days ago, the toupee-wearing, leisure suit-donning, "Star Trek"-quoting ex-con Jim Traficant announced he was running once again for Congress. Now, it's even better. Toledo's most famous non-plumbing plumber is making the news.

Joe the Plumber is back!

Plumber (not his real name but we gave up on calling him Samuel Wurzelbacher more than a year ago) is back in politics. No, he hasn't joined anyone's political campaign, reminiscent of the glorious McCain/Palin/Plumber presidential ticket of 2008. This time he's been elected on his own accord.

On Tuesday, Plumber won one of nearly 400 seats on the local Republican Party committee in Ohio's Lucas County. In this position, he'll help set the party agenda and vote on the party chairman.

It's been a while since Plumber has been in the spotlight. It's not like he totally....

...disappeared or anything.  It's just that he's been working on policy matters. Like formulating his opinion on the undocumented-worker issue that's become particularly explosive in Arizona.

Plumber unveiled a rather succinct white paper last month at a "tea party" rally: "Illegal immigration?" he said. "Put a fence up and start shooting!"

This represents yet another side to Plumber. Sure, he's outlined some domestic and foreign policy positions before. On the topic of freedom of speech, he offered an historical perspective: "Back in the day, really, when people would talk about our military in a poor way, somebody would shoot ‘em. And there’d be nothing said about that."

While working as a war reporter in Israel, he recommended that "media be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting."

During the presidential campaign, he accidentally served as a foreign policy spokesman for John McCain (video below) when he agreed on-camera with a voter that a "vote for Barack Obama means death to Israel."

"I'll go ahead and agree with you on that," he said.

A year ago, he released a book, which has -- so far -- received 29 five-star ratings on Amazon. One saddened reviewer said five stars just wasn't enough:

I pursued Amazon's rating system for a bit and noticed that the "five stars" rating is usually given to authors such as Shakespeare, Thucydides, Edgar Allen Poe, or even modern hacks such as Hemingway or Pynchon. Five stars is clearly inadequate for Mr. Wurzelbacher's creation -- I call it the Second Bible. I will petition Amazon to create a ten-star rating just for this book. Meanwhile, I will rate it at mere five stars for now.

We don't know how he'll fare as Honorable Joe the Plumber, but he's going to have to do it without the help of his former presidential running mates. He loathes them.

Just a couple months ago, he said of Sen. McCain: "He really screwed my life up." Sarah Palin too? Yep.  Her sin? She backs McCain.

-- Jimmy Orr

Photo: Samuel Wurzelbacher a.k.a. Joe the Plumber. Credit: Associated Press

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It is easy to mock the plumber. He is not as sophisticated as PC media people, yet he is original thinker who openly says what many others afraid to.

The party of intellectual giants,...nice going

lol @ the notion that this doofus is an original thinker. Sorry, Charlie, but as a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, I want nothing to do with an imbecile who believes in fascist trampling of the First Amendment, something I literally served in order to defend. I swore an oath to defend the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. So what if some idiot wants to say bad things about the military? This isn't some totalitarian state like the old Soviet Union where a bad word spoken about the Establishment gets you disappeared in the night by the KGB.

We D's arre worried now, the Rethugs are pulling out all of the best minds to win in November...You Betcha!

Is there truth to the rumor that he chose "Joe The Plumber" because "Joe The Doucheb*g" was taken?

Wow - big surprise that the LA Times is only letting comments rife with liberal hate speech through - its ok - puff up and fold your arms in your pious little smugly self righteous microcosm - you've already divided the country - and WE not only despise your condescending - WE out number you.

Good choice by the way - demonizing and dividing I mean - its what liberals do best.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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