Who can fault him for trying?
He's Joe the Plumber, not Joe the foreign policy adviser. He gave it his best shot yesterday. And some would say his initial outing in answering foreign policy questions was better than Sarah Palin's inaugural attempt.
How'd this happen?
How did Joe the Plumber begin dispensing foreign policy advice?
Simple. There was a "Joe the Plumber" bus tour yesterday in Ohio. Joe the Plumber (aka Joe Wurzelbacher) teamed up with Congressman Rob Portman (who was allegedly on McCain's VP short list) and they went to five different towns in Ohio stumping for the Republican nominee.
On the first leg of the five-town "Joe the Plumber World Invasion" tour, Wurzelbacher ran into a supporter who asked Joe if he believed, "a vote for Barack Obama means death to Israel."
Wurzelbacher doesn't have handlers. Many would say, especially Palin supporters, that gives him an advantage.
So instead of practicing the age-old political maneuver of not answering the question, but answering what want to talk about -- he replied to it.
"I'll go ahead and agree with you on that," he said.
Joe makes news
This of course made news. Wurzelbacher isn't an official spokesman for the McCain campaign, but in stumping for McCain he's kind of one.