10/16/08 at 5:07 PM
Wurzelbacher fields questions from the press outside his Holland, Ohio, home (Madalyn Ruggiero / AP Photo)
As you've probably ascertained by now, the real star of last night's
debate wasn't Barack Obama, or John McCain, or Bob Schieffer. And it
certainly wasn't the financial crisis, or Mess 'o' Potamia, or Bill
Ayers, or ACORN. Instead, it was some guy named Joe
Wurzelbacher--a.k.a. "Joe the Plumber"--who confronted Obama on Sunday
in Holland, Ohio, about his tax plan. At McCain's prodding, the
candidates wound up mentioning Wurzelbacher 26 times at Hofstra. For
comparison, the economy came up 16 times. The war in Iraq? Six.
Thanks to the MSM's raging "real person" fetish, Wurzelbacher's 15
minutes of fame have extended well into today. Intrepid journalistic
investigators have discovered, for example, that Wurzelbacher, 34, voted in the Republican primary, doesn't have a plumbing license, still owes $1,200 in unpaid income taxes and is actually named Samuel. Financial crisis! Wha...