Plumber Joe has discovered what national media scrutiny means. Just hours after both candidates catapulted him to 5-minutes of fame status during the final debate, the media have uncovered details of his personal life and placed them into public discourse. So what have we learned about Joe? Well, first, it turns out that Joe is not even "Joe." His name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. I assume, however, that the "J" is short for some version of "Joe." Also, we now know that he owes $1,200 in back local taxes -- which perhaps explains some of his sensitivity on the issue of tax increases. Finally (the clincher) Wurzelbacher does not have a plumbing license. Joe the Plumber is not even a plumber. Will he now face a fine for practicing the plumbing trade without a license? We shall see.
Stay tuned for more developments in this unfolding story. Knowing more about Joe will certainly help you make the right choice on November 4, just as having information about Obama Girl informed so many voters' decisions during the Democratic primaries. I am happy to see that the media continue to probe the most compelling issues of our time.