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Right-wing think tank the Independence Institute is hoping that Joe the Plumber drops his wrench long enough to be the keynote speaker at its seventh annual Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Party on June 20.
Better known as "Slam It, Smoke It and Shoot It," the day-long gathering celebrates all things politically incorrect at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club in Bennett, beginning with skeet shooting, followed by lunch, whiskey, cigars and a speaker or two.
Institute boss Jon Caldara says he's thisclose to closing the deal to have Plumber (a.k.a. Samuel Wurzelbacher) as the speaker. Plumber would join a distinguished roster of former speakers, which includes Christopher Hitchens and Fred Barnes. Westword named the party the "Best Place to See a Drunk Conservative."
One problem. Joe the Plumber announced last week that he was quitting the Republican Party because he is outraged by GOP spending.
"Well, I agree with him on that," says Caldara. "It would just be fun to have him there."
You got that right. Among the repeatable quotes from Joe the Plumber: "Back in the day, really, when people would talk about our military in a poor way, somebody would shoot 'em. And there would be nothing said about that."
He's also said things I won't write in this column, but I still hope he comes to the party.