Every election year there are a few words and phrases that stick. "lockbox" or "fuzzy math," anyone? After the last presidential debate, clearly this year's is Joe the Plumber.
The business owner from Toledo, Ohio who questioned Barack Obama
about his proposed tax on small businesses at a rally on Sunday was mentioned
26 times during Wednesday's debate, and made the morning show rounds on
LA Times' Top of the Ticket blog has the full conversation with the real Joe the Plumber.
Of course, this guy in
But what does "Joe the Plumber" really represent?
He's being pegged as the "perfect representative of everyman," but NPR's Chris Arnold notes in this podcast that Joe is a little above the average citizen's pay grade. Joe the Plumber "maybe isn't the best example if he's supposed to be representative of Joe America," Arnold notes, since he's making over $250,000 per year with his business.
So maybe Joe the Plumber is only a distant cousin of Joe Six-Pack. That said, the Plumbers Union is officially endorsing Obama.