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Obama spokesman: We released that moronic Big Bird ad because of the “grassroots outcry”
Hot Air ^ | October 9, 2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 10/09/2012 7:56:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Deeply embarrassing, but not entirely the campaign’s fault. If memory serves, Romney’s Big Bird line was the thin reed to which liberals on Twitter were clinging the morning after the Denver debacle:

“There’s been a strong grassroots outcry over the attacks on Big Bird. This is something that mothers across the country are alarmed about, and you know, we’re tapping into that,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday…

“The larger point… is, aside from our love for Big Bird and Elmo, as is evidenced by the last few days, the point that we’re making here is that when Mitt Romney… was given the opportunity to lay out how he would address the deficit, when he said ‘I will take a serious approach to it,’ his first offering was to cut funding for Big Bird,” Psaki said. “And that is absurd and hard to take seriously his specific plan.”

Two problems. First, needless to say, Romney’s point about PBS isn’t that serious deficit reduction should start there, it’s that not even popular federal outlays should be immune from cuts in the name of restoring fiscal stability. A guy who bet his presidential candidacy on Paul Ryan is about as serious as an American politician can get when it comes to spending. And let me gently suggest to Team O that any campaign that treats the Buffett Rule as an important budgetary reform shouldn’t wag its finger too sternly in criticizing others for half-measures. Second, the Big Bird ad is actually very typical of Hopenchange’s M.O. this year. They’ve tried to bludgeon Romney with every cheap demagogic populist ploy within reach. How were they supposed to lay off an easy opportunity to suggest that Mitt hates moms and kids and puppets? What’s unusual about the spot isn’t that it’s trivial, it’s that they released it at a moment of real momentum for Romney, which in turn makes them look desperate and inept. Per Sean Trende’s superb analysis today at RCP, it’s very important to Obama’s campaign that they be seen as winning at all times. A winner can get away with a silly ad like this; a guy who just got his ass handed to him in front of 70 million people really can’t. Trende:

I’ve superimposed the major events of the 2012 cycle here. The basic trend line is fairly plain. Over time, the president’s lead gradually deteriorates. When it gets too close, he makes a major play to change the dynamic, pushing the lead back up…

I do think there is a degree to which Team Obama has successfully (and quite frankly brilliantly) created a “virtuous cycle” this election. There are three ways in which this is the case.

First, the bandwagon effect affects fundraising. Once you move outside the partisan core, people like to back winners. This is especially true of the business community. By assiduously cultivating its front-runner status, the Obama campaign has aided its ability to press future arguments.

Second, maintaining a lead allows greater leeway in the arguments it can make. Something like the “cancer ad” from August looks hard-hitting from a campaign that is leading (and I certainly include candidate super PACs as part of the “campaign”), but would probably be described as “desperate” from one that is losing.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it affects press portrayals of the candidates and party enthusiasm. This is the most important thing here: I still think the default expectation here has been that Obama should be losing.

In other words, every time the basics of the economy and the deficit and some new foreign-policy debacle start to eat into Obama’s lead, he latches on to a new shiny object that can boost his lead by a few points — until the basics (“gravity,” in Trende’s phrasing) start to drag him down again. The more consistently he’s seen as a winner, the more Romney smells like a loser, which has all of the self-fulfilling effects that Trende describes above. The reason the debate was such a killer was that it shattered that perception of Obama’s invincibility that he’d spent the last nine months cultivating. And the last thing you want to do once that’s happened is make yourself seem ridiculous by running a silly ad that’s transparently an attempt to change the subject — especially if you got elected the first time by scolding people for the “smallness” of their politics. Watch the two clips below, the first via the Examiner and the second via the Right Scoop, and see for yourself who looks small now. Just look at what this guy’s “new kind of politics” nonsense has become. Click the image to watch.

(VIDEOS AT LINK)


TOPICS: Politics; TV/Movies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: debates; obama; romney; sesamestreet

1 posted on 10/09/2012 7:56:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So now the Obama regime is throwing its own voters under the bus!


2 posted on 10/09/2012 7:59:31 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They were hoping to create a grassroots outcry


3 posted on 10/09/2012 8:02:29 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://asspos.blogspot.com/2012/10/big-bird-1er-backs-mitt-romney.html

Big Bird Backs Romney (satire)


4 posted on 10/09/2012 8:04:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney- Attacking Obama's foreign and economic policies. Obama- hiding behind Big bird.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 8:04:43 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rush Limbaugh ?

The Drudge Report ?

Michelle Malkin ?

New Media ?

At a Obama 2012 Campaign Rally they sung to the theme song from Sesame Street.... is this their official Campaign song ? How to get to Sesame Street ?


6 posted on 10/09/2012 8:04:46 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “grassroots” potheads love to watch Big Government Bird. Even when he’s only in a goofy campaign ad. Most of the “grassroots” still believe “big bird” is the real thing.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 8:05:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Sorry Algore. It was attitude, NOT altitude.)
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To: MNJohnnie
So now the Obama regime is throwing its own voters under the bus!

They're the reason for the "moronic" ad. LOL!

8 posted on 10/09/2012 8:05:05 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama for America TV Ad
9 posted on 10/09/2012 8:05:50 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Romney has run a business, an Olympics, and a state. Obama has never run anything but his mouth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
" “There’s been a strong grassroots outcry over the attacks on Big Bird. This is something that mothers across the country are alarmed about, and you know, we’re tapping into that,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday…

This is satire, right? Really, come on now . . . no adult would have said this without a gun at the back of their head. I won't believe it until I hear it from another source.

10 posted on 10/09/2012 8:06:49 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: MNJohnnie
So now the Obama regime is throwing its own voters under the bus!

They (the Obama regime) must think Obama supporters are morons. Why else run a "moronic" ad to appeal to them.

11 posted on 10/09/2012 8:07:33 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: GeronL
How to get to Sesame Street : Obama 2012 Official Campaign Song

12 posted on 10/09/2012 8:07:36 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh good grief, these folks are delusional. I wrote on FR a couple of days ago that I received email from the Obama campaign suggesting that I take to the Twitter waves:

President Obama’s got our back. He’s got Big Bird’s back — and Bert’s, Ernie’s, Elmo’s, and the rest of the gang on the Street.

We’ve got to get his. #SaveBigBird and get on #TeamObama.

Make sure you can vote this fall — and that your friends can, too:

http://my.barackobama.com/Save-Big-Bird

Please believe,

Marlon

Marlon Marshall
Deputy National Field Director
Obama for America


13 posted on 10/09/2012 8:09:08 PM PDT by missycocopuffs
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To: atc23
Ohh believe it all right, and they sung to a rap rendition to the theme song from Sesame Street...

This is beyond stupid, it's flat out insane and crazy.

It's all they got is to manipulate people's feelings and emotions by putting fear into them that the big bad Republicans are going to take away Big Bird and Sesame Street.
The liberals, media, live in a La La land of fantasy not realizing that Sesame Street and all it is is all made up and not real, while at the same time curse Big Oil and poo pooo the idea that drilling for oil can help people with jobs or that people without jobs is not real.
They have no real sense of what is reality and what is made up.... their priorities are all out of order.
14 posted on 10/09/2012 8:16:29 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: atc23

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2942609/posts


15 posted on 10/09/2012 8:19:54 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Big Bird bites libs in the butt, so they blame Romney supporters?

Bambis team thought that big bird would fly as an issue?

Major fail.

16 posted on 10/09/2012 8:25:01 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BIG BIRD YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD !


17 posted on 10/09/2012 8:34:48 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Gibbs Axelrod AstroTurf factory manufactured faux outrage over the Big Bird crack. No one likes the ad linking Romney to Wall Street.


18 posted on 10/09/2012 8:36:34 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: missycocopuffs

So the takeaway from all that is..... Obama Got Back?

LOL... seriously, that is one pathetic email.


19 posted on 10/09/2012 8:37:24 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As God is my witness, I thought BB would fly! Psaki (resume available upon request)


20 posted on 10/09/2012 8:38:15 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL! I think they had to do it because Le Var Burton
was OUTRAGED! disenfranchised poor children blah,blah!

Real Americans will vote NO CONFIDANCE on Nov.6!!

On top of this,which is just silly, but useful for ridicule
comes the unraveling of the Benghazi debacle.


21 posted on 10/09/2012 8:40:37 PM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“his first offering was to cut funding for Big Bird”

Lying is in their blood.

I don’t remember word for word, but Romney said he would cut out non-essentials, which includes funding for PBS.

Then he threw in that he likes Jim Lehrer and Big Bird — but we don’t need to borrow (now we know it’s 444 million) from China to fund an organization that does not need taxpayer funds!

How difficult is this to understand? Big Bird / Sesame Street is a huge money maker and we are broke.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 8:41:23 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
" Way to go Big Bird, magnificent, purely magnificent "


23 posted on 10/09/2012 8:47:41 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist
" Bravo Romney, Bravo Big Bird, purely magnificent by setting the Media, Liberals and the Obama Campaign up with old Big Bird..... latching onto Big Bird as a election and campaign strategy is purely a losing strategy ...... You magnificent bastards you are Romney and Big Bird... Bravo " ..


24 posted on 10/09/2012 8:56:25 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Today’s “Obama Street”....

Brought to you by the letter “Pee” and the number “zero”...


25 posted on 10/09/2012 8:58:46 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess the Dems thought that making an issue of Romney’s comment about cutting funds for Public TV, hence, Big Bird’s slice of the taxpayer’s pie would be their “October Surprise.” That ad was planned to enrage the grassroots who drink their kool-aid and believe in make-believe. But, instead of Big Bird becoming the banner carrier for Obama over the next few weeks...he turned out to be nothing more than another dumb turkey.


26 posted on 10/09/2012 9:27:14 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Getting his street gred on, how to get to Sesame Street.


27 posted on 10/09/2012 9:42:07 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BS they did- They released it because they thought they could attack Romney with it and it backfired- So damn sick of the LIES of this administration and everyoen associated with it!


28 posted on 10/09/2012 9:52:23 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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29 posted on 10/09/2012 9:57:00 PM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We released that moronic Big Bird ad because of the “grassroots outcry”

So they led from behind again.

30 posted on 10/09/2012 11:53:24 PM PDT by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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31 posted on 10/10/2012 12:05:14 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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32 posted on 10/10/2012 12:07:54 AM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Should tell them to cook their stupid bird for dinner and get rid of it!


33 posted on 10/10/2012 12:29:53 AM PDT by dalereed
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34 posted on 10/10/2012 12:38:29 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
More evidence that our enemy is in reactive mode rather proactive. Romney gave the punk POTUS a body blow that they are having difficulty recovering from.

If Romney can go gaffe free these last 4 weeks, I think he has the popular vote sewed up. EV's???? not so certain. Romney absolutely has to pull out Ohio, Florida, and Virginia. Hard to guage how much liberal electoral fraud will sway this.

35 posted on 10/10/2012 12:54:02 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Windflier
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36 posted on 10/10/2012 12:59:14 AM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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37 posted on 10/10/2012 1:55:27 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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38 posted on 10/10/2012 2:01:56 AM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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