Big Bird and Scared Obama

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When a political campaign gets spooked, the campaign often does foolish things.  Attempting to make Big Bird, Big Bird!, an attack vehicle for the Obama campaign has to be the stupidest move I have seen by any campaign this year.  Why is it stupid?   Let us count the ways:

1.  Big Bird Don’t Play That Game-PBS, predictably, has asked that the ad be taken down, and that is becoming the controversy rather than Romney’s vow to take the knife to PBS funding.

2.  Too silly- The attempt to claim that Romney views Big Bird as a bigger threat than white-collar thieves is too ludicrous for words.

3.  Bernie Madoff, Democrat Donor- Starting off with a mug shot of Bernie Madoff was  a laugh, since Madoff has given over two hundred thousand to the Democrats since 1991.

4.  Big Bird is a Big Issue?- With the country having a real unemployment rate, when discouraged former workers are included, of 14 percent, the Obama campaign is wasting time trying to make Big Bird an issue?  Seriously?

5.  The Count Responds- The Big Bird ad allowed the Republicans to fire back using the Count.

6.  Mountains and Molehills- One symptom of a campaign in meltdown mode is that they seize on trivialities because the people running the campaign don’t have a clue as to how to deal with the major issues sinking the campaign.  In the case of Obama the major issues are a miserable economy, a wretched record in general, and an articulate opponent who just ate Obama’s lunch in front of 70,000,000 Americans.  Yeah, the thing to do is focus on Big Bird!

7.  Missing the Substance Romney brought up Big Bird as part of his vow to eliminate any spending that he could not justify borrowing the money from China to spend.  The fiscal cliff that this country is about to go over simply does not exist as far as Obama is concerned.  Hence ads attempting to weaponize Big Bird rather than actually dealing with a dagger pointed at this country’s future.

8.  Laughing at You not With You- One of the biggest dangers for any politician who has received the type of adulation Obama has, is when people start laughing at him.  His epic fail in the debate began this process, and this attempt to enlist Big Bird as his champion continues the descent of Obama from Greek tragedy to Greek farce.

9.  Substance is What Beat You- Judging from his comments since the debate Obama has attempted to start the meme that he was beaten on style.  Wrong!  He was beaten on substance as Mitt Romney was bubbling over with ideas to meet America’s challenges and Obama was clearly promoting more of the same.  The use of Big Bird underlines the complete lack of understanding by Obama as to why he lost the debate.

10. Obama is No Longer Cool- For some of us Obama was never cool, but that clearly was a factor in the adulation he has enjoyed.  After his debate shellacking and his flailing about since then, Obama no longer appears as cool, but as exactly what he is:  a fairly typical politician way over his head as President.

11. When Obama Has Lost Chris Matthews-When even Chris “Tingles up my leg” Matthews hates an Obama ad, it is truly an abysmal idea.

“You would think the Obama campaign would want to start looking forward toward the V.P. debate this week and the two remaining presidential debates. Today, the Obama camp released this ad, again going back to Romney’s line in the debate about Big Bird,” Matthews said.

“This I think is Mickey Mouse,” he added before playing the ad.

The attack ad mocks Romney by sarcastically claiming the Republican is willing to go after America’s real enemies, meaning Big Bird. Even Matthews found the attack childish and ineffective.

“Please god just for a minute… be independent minded and answer this question: Is that the right way to go in this crucial last month to be focusing on Big Bird?” Matthews asked Democratic strategist Bob Shrum.

“No, it’s not,” Shrum replied. “We should be talking about who is going to save Medicare not who is going to save Big Bird.”

The Big Bird fiasco is a fitting symbol for an administration that has run out of ideas and is rapidly running out of time.

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  1. Idiots. It appears none of you know the cost, and certainly not the value, of public television. Politicians are opportunists, Dems and Reps., and will jump at any opening to slam their opponent. That is the way political parties operate. Hurry November.

  2. “J.Henson”, thank you for those endarkening comments. The earnings from Big Bird merchandise alone each year could practically substitute for all Federal funding of PBS. What may have made some limited sense in the age of three networks back in the sixties when PBS was created makes absolutely no sense today when most consumers have hundreds of channels at their fingertips.

  3. I do not care if PBS has value or not. It simply shouldn’t be funded by either the tax payer or by loans from Red China. If the people who love it so much really want it to continue, then they can finance it. They should put their money where their mouth (or keyboard) is. Let the free market work. But the reality is that they want someone else besides themselves to finance what they want. TANSTAAFL. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

  4. Sesame Street nets sufficient cash income so as not to need tax money.

    Most of the progressive propaganda on PBS will die because it’s watched only by minute groups of cranks.

    Anyhow, this whole episode can be summarized in four words: big bird small man.

  5. The federal money into Sesame Street pays for the top folks reported on their last 990 form– who supposedly work 50 hours a week and make, um… ten to twenty times more than my husband, who works longer in the Air Force?

    Gotta get us a non-profit job, rather than a job that doesn’t make profit….

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