Skip to comments.Obama spokesman: We released that moronic Big Bird ad because of the “grassroots outcry”
Posted on 10/09/2012 7:56:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Deeply embarrassing, but not entirely the campaigns fault. If memory serves, Romneys Big Bird line was the thin reed to which liberals on Twitter were clinging the morning after the Denver debacle:
Theres 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, were 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 were 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, Romneys point about PBS isnt that serious deficit reduction should start there, its 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 shouldnt wag its finger too sternly in criticizing others for half-measures. Second, the Big Bird ad is actually very typical of Hopenchanges M.O. this year. Theyve 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? Whats unusual about the spot isnt that its trivial, its that they released it at a moment of real momentum for Romney, which in turn makes them look desperate and inept. Per Sean Trendes superb analysis today at RCP, its very important to Obamas 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 cant. Trende:
Ive superimposed the major events of the 2012 cycle here. The basic trend line is fairly plain. Over time, the presidents 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 Obamas lead, he latches on to a new shiny object that can boost his lead by a few points until the basics (gravity, in Trendes phrasing) start to drag him down again. The more consistently hes 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 Obamas invincibility that hed spent the last nine months cultivating. And the last thing you want to do once thats happened is make yourself seem ridiculous by running a silly ad thats 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 guys new kind of politics nonsense has become. Click the image to watch.
(VIDEOS AT LINK)
So now the Obama regime is throwing its own voters under the bus!
They were hoping to create a grassroots outcry
Big Bird Backs Romney (satire)
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.
They're the reason for the "moronic" ad. LOL!
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.
They (the Obama regime) must think Obama supporters are morons. Why else run a "moronic" ad to appeal to them.
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:
Deputy National Field Director
Obama for America
Bambis team thought that big bird would fly as an issue?
BIG BIRD YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD !
The Gibbs Axelrod AstroTurf factory manufactured faux outrage over the Big Bird crack. No one likes the ad linking Romney to Wall Street.
So the takeaway from all that is..... Obama Got Back?
LOL... seriously, that is one pathetic email.
As God is my witness, I thought BB would fly! Psaki (resume available upon request)
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