It was a dumb move from the start, and now it's even dumber. Anyone who doesn't recognize that the McCain campaign is paying Joe/Sam the Plumber to stump for them is just plain looney. It won't come out until well after the election, when reports on campaign expenditures are released covering this final week of the race, but mark my words - Joe/Sam the Plumber is on the payroll.
So how it's working out so far?
Despite backing from 'Joe the Plumber,' Republican Presidential nominee John McCain is trailing behind his Democratic rival Barack Obama in Ohio, the key battleground state that is crucial to keeping his White House hopes alive.
The 71-year-old Arizona senator now trails Obama by 6 points in Ohio, 50 per cent to 44 per cent. That gap is two points wider than it was Monday and double what it was one week ago, according to CNN's latest poll of polls of the state.
No Republican has won the presidency without carrying Ohio, and barring a major upset in another big state, the state's 20 electoral votes are a "must win" for McCain, it said.
It's too early to flush the crapper on McCain's chances in Ohio, but the water level is rising and poor old John McCain is sinking further behind. Stand by with the plunger Joe/Sam - what floats to the top ain't gonna be pretty.
But then who's really surprised by any of this? The McCain campaign chose Caribou Barbie as the Veep, so when it comes to picking spokesmen in key races like Ohio - a Plumber is a good as anyone else, right?
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