Forget Joe. Long Live Josephine the Plumber

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Just in case two MoJo liveblogs left you wanting even more microscopic coverage of Blinky McCain’s excruciating plumber remarks, check out MoJo managing editor Elizabeth Gettelman‘s and my Tweets on tonight’s debate, here and here. It’s as off the cuff and detailed as you can get in 144 characters per Tweet (what can I say, we’re experimenting with Twitter).

Here’s a sample, the rest is on Twitter (first Tweet at the bottom):

LM_MOJO that’s it. forget Rosie the Riveter. it’s Josephine the Plumber time. #current about 3 hours ago from Election 2008

eg_mojo What about Josephine the Plumber, do you speak for her McCain? about 3 hours ago from Election 2008

eg_mojo Joe the Plumber is no Lilly Ledbetter. about 3 hours ago from Election 2008

LM_MOJO on Roe v Wade: Obama brings the Harvard Law down on McCain about 3 hours ago from Election 2008

eg_mojo McCain doesn’t support equal pay for equal work! about 3 hours ago from Election 2008

eg_mojo Abortion a difficult, moral issue. Obama says WOMEN make the decision, not the STATES about 3 hours ago from Election 2008

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