Faithful readers will know that I have a soft spot for Joe the Plumber. Okay, so he is ignorant, gullible and churlish, but who among us, etc. etc. I even let it pass the other day when he said that John McCain had screwed up his life.
Josh Marshall, by contrast, is scandalized, or at least rolls his eyes. I have no instinct to quarrrel with Josh, but I can think of one reason why Ol' Joe is so upset. Namely: he senses--correctly, that John was making fun of him. Among his many virtues and defects, McCain is an old-fashioned wise-cracking, sissy-taunting, towel-snapping locker room bully ( believe me, I have reason to recognize the type). When he talked about Joe, his bumptious good fellowship was always tainted by that sneer of dominance that you would expect from the BMOC. Joe is divorced; he's broke; he's pushing middle age, and his prospects are zero (unless there is an MOS for "army candy at a political rally"). He feels the pain.