Anatomy of the breakup of a love triangle

It's safe to say that the (un) holy union of John McCain and Joe the Plumber is officially broken up. During an appearance last week on Glenn Beck's house of crazy radio show, he revealed details about his discussion with McCain concerning the bailout:

“...I asked him a lot of questions about the bailout because most Americans did not want that to happen...[s]ome of the answers...they appalled me, absolutely. I was angry. In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him.”

Never mind that this absolute fabrication of a caricature of the average working class male somehow got an audience on the sorta straight talk express with a presidential nominee. Never mind that he somehow has his finger on the pulse of most American's opinions concerning the bailout. No, this guy was appalled by what the candidate who completely made him as a celebrity had to say about a bailout plan that, without question, was well above his head (the guy clearly didn't understand tax policy, so I feel pretty comfortable in saying that).

Well, clearly for a man of working class integrity wouldn't feel comfortable being seen any more with someone as appalling as McCain. Obviously he wasn't going to stick around for that.

“[I didn't leave the campaign because] honestly, because the thought of Barack Obama as president scares me even more [than McCain].”

Or, maybe he didn't want to become completely irrelevant and go back to being just a normal non-plumber. Why not ride the coattails as long as you can? And he thinks Sarah Palin is the real deal, so he probably stuck around for her. Yeah, that's the ticket.

But even if John is no longer loved by Joe, he's still feeling it for Sarah and would totally back her possible run for president in 2012 on This Week, right?

"Listen I have the greatest appreciation for Gov. Palin and her family and it was a great joy to know them...[b]ut I can't say something like that. We've got some great other young governors, Pawlenty, Huntsman."

Ouch! Guess the love is gone after all.

It's probably for the best. Joe the Plumber's only three inches tall anyways.

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