The image of John McCain looking for a nowhere-to-be-found Joe the Plumber has surfaced on YouTube and is being forwarded by gleeful Democrats, notes MSNBC's First Read blog. “Joe’s with us here," McCain said at an Ohio rally yesterday. "Joe, where are you?," he asked, looking around. "Where is Joe? Joe, I thought you were here today."
Once he realized that Wurzelbacher wasn't among the crowd, McCain made the best of it, saying, "Well, you’re all Joe the Plumber! So all of you stand up, and I thank you." The real Joe showed up at a later rally with McCain, telling the crowd to "just get out and get informed. I mean really know what you're talking about when you're talking about it." (Read more Election 2008 stories.)