Joe the Plumber walks away from easy money:
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Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, tells TIME he's so outraged by GOP overspending, he's quitting the party ...
It's not clear exactly what he's looking for since he doesn't want to see cuts in "Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid", so his move may be based on (yet to be clarified) principles.
But whatever you can say about the guy, he got a ton of recognition and, presumably, opportunities to make money giving speeches or with a (well ghost-written) book. Conservatives and many Republicans were delighted to use him as a totem for everyman. And now he's saying he doesn't want to be a part of that.
I think his principles are pretty clear. "Gimme lotsa government services and I don't wanna pay no taxes."
Joe may be listening to "The pipes are caaaalling" as he segues from Republican toilets to his true calling: flushing non-partisan toilets. His political career is down the drain.
Joe's quitting the GOP because they weren't going to let him ride the gravy train any longer anyway. He can still do a book deal if he wants anyway.