The Obama campaign has done a pretty dumb thing- they’re attacking Joe the Plumber. Apparently, he’s too successful according to Obama and Biden.
Here’s what Obama said today about Joe the Plumber: “How many plumbers do you know makin’ a quarter million dollars a year?”
Well, actually, I have known quite a few successful plumbers.
Growing up, my father had a home improvement business. He often complained about the high cost of plumbers he used as sub-contractors. He’d complain, but he would also pay whatever it cost, because the service they provide is essential.
Whenever anyone asked for advice on a good profession to pursue, my Dad was fond of recommending electrician first and plumber second. His opinion was it’s great money, steady work, and near recession proof.
As someone who went white collar instead of blue, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about my Dad’s recommendation as I’ve faced corporate mergers, restructurings, and layoffs.
Attacking the plumbers (and by that the larger group of working class voters Joe represents) seems like a big misstep sure to alienate the very group Obama wants to woo. I’m not the only one who thinks this is a colossal political mistake as well.
Here’s Joe Biden on Joe the Plumber: