Not-Joe Not-A-Plumber Not A Republican Either

Who knew he’d be so fickle?

Time magazine is reporting Joe (not his name) the Plumber (not his game) is quitting that GOP bitch since they won’t keep ridiculing the big-gubment-luvin’, volcano-monitoring, child-feeding hippies for their crazy economy stimulatin’ and book learnin’ and what not.

Big Government is never popular in theory, but the disaster aid, school lunches and prescription drugs that make up Big Government have become wildly popular in practice, especially now that so many people are hurting. 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. But 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. It’s no coincidence that many Republicans who voted against the stimulus have claimed credit for stimulus projects in their district — or that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal stopped ridiculing volcano-monitoring programs after a volcano erupted in Alaska. “We can’t be the antigovernment party,” Snowe says. “That’s not what people want.”

Quite a week for the GOP. Specter’s opportunistic streak takes over, Cantor can’t stand up to Rush, Steele is still embarrassing, Alan Keyes is still alive and speaking, and now their mascot’s gone all squirrely. Maybe it’ll get better next week (Crist getting caught tonguing Boehner, perhaps?).


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