Specter. Who cares?
Small potato (e) s. This is much larger than that.
That's the magnitude of today's announcement. A member of the actual Republican 2008 presidential ticket is giving up. Quitting. Leaving. Skipping town.
He joined the team late to the game but quickly served in many capacities. Perhaps most notably was when he auditioned for Secretary of State weeks before election day.
But that's the type of machisimo and gusto that made Joe the Plumber, well ... uh, Joe the Plumber.
Plumber, perhaps the most well-known quasi-plumber turned author turned war correspondent turned economic advisor turned political reporter turned public speaker, announced today that he -- like Specter -- was throwing in the towel.
Who got this exclusive? Credit TIME magazine. And there's worry that traditional journalism is dead?
Michael Grunwald reports that Plumber (we know he has another last name but Plumber is easier to spell) is "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," Grunwald adds.
You can see why the GOP enlisted him to be an economic advisor a couple months ago.
Grunwald's a good reporter. But not that good. He didn't get any quotes from Plumber. And Plumber's full of 'em.
Like when discussing the importance of the press, he opined, "I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting."
Or on the discussion of the freedom of speech, he said he longed for the good old days. "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," he said.
And we're not even going to start on what he said a couple days ago...
Can the Republican party survive? This is a tough one. Perhaps the biggest challenge yet.
If the old saying is true that it's always darkest before the dawn, then it must be midnight (or whenever it's really dark).