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Joe the Plumber is now Joe the foreign policy advisor?

By Jimmy Orr / October 29, 2008

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Who can fault him for trying?

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He's Joe the Plumber, not Joe the foreign policy adviser. He gave it his best shot yesterday. And some would say his initial outing in answering foreign policy questions was better than Sarah Palin's inaugural attempt.

How'd this happen?

How did Joe the Plumber begin dispensing foreign policy advice?

Simple. There was a "Joe the Plumber" bus tour yesterday in Ohio. Joe the Plumber (aka Joe Wurzelbacher) teamed up with Congressman Rob Portman (who was allegedly on McCain's VP short list) and they went to five different towns in Ohio stumping for the Republican nominee.

Wurzelbacher was doing everything you do on the campaign trail. You know, shaking hands, talking to people, kissing babies, taking pictures, saying a vote for Barack Obama dooms Israel...


On the first leg of the five-town "Joe the Plumber World Invasion" tour, Wurzelbacher ran into a supporter who asked Joe if he believed, "a vote for Barack Obama means death to Israel."

Wurzelbacher doesn't have handlers. Many would say, especially Palin supporters, that gives him an advantage.

So instead of practicing the age-old political maneuver of not answering the question, but answering what you want to talk about -- he replied to it.

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

Joe makes news

This of course made news. Wurzelbacher isn't an official spokesman for the McCain campaign, but in stumping for McCain he's kind of one.

And "a vote for Obama means death to Israel" is not a McCain talking point (we checked on his web site).

Joe on FOX

Shepherd Smith over at Fox News had Wurzelbacher on the air after he made the ominous comment. A very clumsy exchange ensued with Wurzelbacher seeming to be stumped with his own statement, putting up, at one point, the equivalent of a white flag.

"Listen, you don’t want my opinion on foreign policy. I know just enough probably to be dangerous," he said.

"Yeah, well that’s what I was kinda wondering," Smith replied.

What say Joe?

Where was Wurzelbacher going?

He was just articulating (poorly) a McCain position that Barack Obama is too inexperienced to become President. McCain often says that Obama's statement that he would meet with even rogue leaders without precondition is testament to his naivete.

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