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Pinch yourself, Washingtonians. Looks like Joe "the plumber" Wurzelbacher, in addition to his post-campaign career as a foreign correspondent, pundit, author, motivational speaker, aspiring singer, and all-around philosopher, also harbors dreams of comedic greatness. At the very least, he is the very first name listed in the press release I just received touting this year's "star-studded line-up" for the 16th Annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington contest. (Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at the DC Improv) I ask you: Is there nothing that this Renaissance Man cannot do?

The afternoon before the White House Correspondents Dinner, I sat down with Meghan McCain, daughter of the erstwhile presidential candidate, to profile her for OUT magazine. McCain has earned herself a remarkable bit of controversy in the relatively short period of time that she's emerged as a pundit, picking fights with the likes of Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove and...well, a huge chunk of the Republican Party. Here's what she had to say about Joe the Plumber: Yet even as the balance begins to shift, the old guard is still yapping in the foreground.

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A PR guy from BetOnline.com just alerted me to the exciting news that you can now wager on the political future of GOP rising star/thought leader Joe the Plumber. Some of the current odds: Will Joe run for president in 2011/2012 election cycle? A bet for YES currently pays 12-1. Will Joe run for "public office" (any type) in 2009? YES pays 3.5-1. Will Joe win any elected seat in 2009? YES pays 8-1. Will Joe the Plumber make a bid for the House of Representatives? YES pays 8-1. Will Joe WIN a seat in the House of Representatives?

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Stringer Theory

Earlier this month, Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher--last seen serving as the third wheel on John McCain and Sarah Palin's increasingly disastrous blind date--traded in his toilet jack for a handheld microphone and traveled to the Middle East to become a foreign correspondent covering the Israel-Hamas war for the conservative website Pajamas Media. Alas, he wasn't terribly impressed with his new colleagues. "I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting," Wurzelbacher said in the Israeli city of Sderot, where he was, from all appearances, reporting. "You know, war is hell.

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The Gop, Circa 2009

Politico: Fresh off his stint as a war correspondent in Gaza, Joe the Plumber is now doing political strategy with Republicans. When GOP congressional aides gather Tuesday morning for a meeting of the Conservative Working Group, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher – more commonly known as Joe the Plumber — will be their featured guest.

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A new call for video submissions from the McCain campaign, flagged by reader DW: How are you Joe the Plumber?   Tell us in 30 seconds ... In these tough economic times, there is no doubt that John McCain and Sarah Palin stand firmly on the side of hardworking "everyday Joes" who understand the value of honest work and the American Dream. That's why we want to hear from you and share your story with the American public. It's simple ... make an ad telling us why you are "Joe the Plumber" in 30 seconds and your video could end up on the air as a TV ad.... Ideas and Suggestions: Be creative!

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WOODBRIDGE, VA - It can’t be denied Joe the Plumber has ignited some serious infatuation among McCainiacs. The signs at today’s big McCain rally in Virginia worshipped the idea of Joe:“Save Joe”“Our Dad Is Joe”“Joe the Homeowner”“Phil the Bricklayer”“Rose the Teacher”“The Audacity of Joe’s Hope in the American Dream”Looking out on the crimson-clad crowd – the campaign had asked supporters to wear red to telegraph Virginia’s true colors – it was striking how much Joe signs had replaced Sarah Palin signs, which until this week were the hottest must-have accessory at a McCain rally.

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For the past couple of days, Team McCain and the Republicans have been whining that the Mean Ol' Left is going after poor Joe the (not-legally-licensed-but-still-handy-with-a-drain-snake) Plumber. This is, I supposed, a refreshing change from all of their whining about how the Mean Ol' Left had it in for poor Sarah Palin. Still, at this point the campaign should consider whether this compulsion to serially import new saviors is ultimately counterproductive. Back in late summer, Senator McCain found himself languishing in Obama's shadow. What did he do?

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  It's pretty ridiculous that somebody who earns more than 99% of Americans should become a stand-in for the average working man. The picture becomes a little more clear in this interview with Katie Couric, in which Joe the Plumber admits he doesn't actually earn $250,000 a year: COURIC: Well, he supposedly will raise taxes only on people who make over $250,000 a year. Would you be in that category? WURZELBACHER: Not right now at presently, but, you know, question, so he's going to do that now for people who make $250,000 a year. When's he going to decide that $100,000 is too much, you know?

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 Jon has very shrewdly asked whether Joe the Plumber is the same as Joe Six-Pack. Couple of points I feel compelled to make as someone who has developed a close and extremely expensive relationship with various plumbers over the years. 1. While plumbers may be blue-collar employees, they're hardly the same as the low-wage laborers weeding lawns, busing tables, cleaning offices, and, yes, providing childcare to many of the nation's youngest citizens. Just having a plumber set foot in my house costs slightly less than the ensemble Cindy McCain wore for her convention speech. (OK.

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