Joe the Blogger plumb neglects election results
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Thursday November 6, 2008

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Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher -- popularly known as "Joe the Plumber" -- may be too dazzled by his new-found celebrity status to actually care much about the outcome of the election that catapulted him to fame. Even his own website makes no mention of the election results.

Wurzelbacher told Fox's Sean Hannity on Tuesday, "I'm doing real good" even though "I was disappointed my guy didn't win." He then went on to plug his "government watchdog" group,

The SecureOurDream website -- which includes such sections as "Joe the Forum," "Joe the Blogger," and "Shop Joe" -- proclaims, "Despite rumors that I may be running for congress, or perhaps give a shot at the country music scene, I have decided to continue forward with what I have repeatedly said is my civic duty. Your tremendous support and encouragement deserves no less."

Joe's civic duty apparently does not extend as far as updating his own site, which as of Thursday afternoon still described the election as upcoming and made no mention of its results. SecureOurDream appears primarily dedicated to selling copies of Wurzelbacher's book and offering "Freedom Memberships" -- which provide "Free Shipping on all 'Joe The Plumber' merchandise -- for $14.95 a year.

As part of his self-promotion, Wurzelbacher showed up the day after the election on Fox's Hannity & Colmes to answer the question, "What does an Obama administration mean for the average Joe?"

"Obama ran an incredible campaign, that can't be denied," Wurzelbacher began. "He's what the people chose, so now I got to get behind him and support him. But in my opinion, though, it doesn't give him a blank check. ... We've got to sit back, wait and see, and find out what he does."

After some back-and-forth with Sean Hannity -- during which Wurzelbacher plugged his website and Hannity accused the Democrats of plotting "retribution" against Joe Lieberman and called centrist Rahm Emanuel "one of the hardest of the left wing radicals" -- the relatively (for Fox) liberal Colmes had a chance to get in a question of his own.

"You were on with Neil Cavuto here," Colmes stated to Wurzelbacher, "and you said, "There's too many questions with Barack Obama and his loyalty to our country and I question that greatly.'"

"Do you really doubt that Barack Obama's loyal to the United States?" Colmes asked. "When you question someone's loyalty to America, you're really questioning whether they're good Americans. You're questioning whether they're patriotic."

"Didn't Joe Biden say it was patriotic to take my money and give it to other people?" Wurzelbacher retorted.

"You were on welfare once," replied Colmes. "Was that taking somebody else's money and giving it to you?"

Wurzelbacher stated during an appearance with Hannity in October, "I grew up poor. I've actually been on welfare, my parents, a couple of different times, and we worked harder and got off of it."

"I paid into welfare. It's something to be used and not to be abused," Wurzelbacher insisted self-righteously, seemingly confusing welfare with unemployment insurance.

This video is from Fox's Hannity & Colmes, broadcast November 5, 2008.

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