When I was a young lad, if it was said (archly) of a fellow that he had leaky pipes, it usually meant that he had consorted with people that harbored...well....a certain social disease of louche persons.
So it is with Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher, as we are informed by the Toledo Blade
that he's been busy on the campaign trail removing all doubt as to where his sympathy lies. Gone is the pretense of being just a common working stiff with a question. Joe's a celebrity these days, and if the accounts are correct he ain't running copper underneath a house on the east side of Toledo. He;s out campaigning for McCain.
He now thinks that a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel but that it would take fifteen minutes to explain why he feels that way.
He also thinks that people aren't justified in looking into his background (legally or otherwise) and has contacted a lawyer.
Pretty heady stuff for a common, unpretentious working man of no greater ambition than running his own business and paying the mortgage.
Joe, don't let it go to your head. You've already had your fifteen minutes and the people you're keeping company with are on their way out. It's a dangerous game you're playing.
My old crew chief used to say "when you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas."
Being a public figure in politics is like juggling chainsaws-you've got to know exactly what you're doing, never lose sight of the big picture, and be able to defend anything you've ever done.
Or, you get infected.