Mark Steyn properly took Timothy Egan to task for this bit of pompous douchebaggery:
The unlicensed pipe fitter known as Joe the Plumber is out with a book this month, just as the last seconds on his 15 minutes are slipping away. I have a question for Joe: Do you want me to fix your leaky toilet?
I didn’t think so. And I don’t want you writing books.
I'm going to come down on the side of not wanting Tim anywhere near my toilet. But more important: Tim, a plumber is not a pipe fitter. They sound like the same thing but they're not. If you were a licensed writer, you'd know that.