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Exciting new Obama talking point: There’s only one candidate who’ll fight for Big Bird
Hotair ^ | 10/10/2012 | AllahPundit

Posted on 10/10/2012 6:55:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

As prominent Democrat Dick Harpootlian put it, "Big Bird is iconic. He — or it — she — I don’t know what it is — is an icon with a whole generation or two of Americans." Well said. If Mitt Romney won't stand up for giant muppets, who will he stand up for?

If we're destined for heartbreak on election night, my friends, let these words be our solace:

A lawyer for Sesame Workshop has requested that the campaign take down the spot, which was slated to run on national cable outlets.

“We have received that request,” [Obama spokesman Jen] Psaki told reporters on Tuesday. “We’re reviewing it. I will say it doesn’t change the fact that there’s only one candidate in this race who is going to continue to fight for Big Bird and Elmo, and he is riding on this plane” — a reference to Obama.

There is, in fact, a point to this post besides pointing and laughing at Team Hopenchange's embarrassing juvenilia. Part of the spin from lefty critics of the Big Bird ad is that it's out of character for the campaign. That's not really true, though, as I tried to explain yesterday. There’s nothing unusual about Team O trying to jumpstart a national change of subject by focusing on a triviality. What’s unusual about the ad is that they’re resorting to triviality in the wake of a sharp change in momentum against them. Sean Trende captured the vibe in a piece that appeared just a few hours before the ad dropped: “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.” Indeed. More from Tim Carney:

Distraction has been Obama’s re-election strategy all along. Highlighting Romney gaffes, peddling empty symbols, running on picayune policies — in this way, Obama hoped he could run out the clock until November 6…

The “kill Big Bird” line is standard Obama fare. Because Romney thinks employers should be allowed to pay employees in cash instead of contraception, Obama and allies accuse him of trying to take away women’s contraception. Because Romney wants to cut Planned Parenthood’s federal subsidies, Obama says Romney is waging war against the abortion provider.

So it’s not new that Obama is being unserious. He’s been running a Big Bird campaign all along. It’s just new that everyone is noticing.

Yep. Without that debate thrashing and the growing scandal over Benghazi, we’d be knee deep this week in cable news segments about whether Obama doesn’t have a point in suggesting that Mitt Romney kinda sorta hates children’s TV (and of course, children). As it is, even the media feels ridiculous pushing that talking point right now. In Noah Rothman’s phrase, they’ve stopped filling in the blanks for Obama — for the moment. Watch this fluff piece from MSNBC this morning (via Mediaite) to see what I mean. In an alternate universe, where Obama won the debate and there’s nothing happening in Libya, this wouldn’t be an interview about a Sesame Street special. It’d be an interview about whether the mean man from Massachusetts bwoke Elmo’s widdle heart by suggesting that maybe he and PBS don’t need taxpayer subsidies unto eternity.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bigbird; childishleft; obama; obamasnewclothes; obamunism; pbs
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To: Kansas58
No one is surprised Obama likes Big Birds.
21 posted on 10/10/2012 7:49:24 PM PDT by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: PGR88

It is also conditioning children to have extremely short attention spans which destroys the ability to concentrate for long periods of time which should extend for more than 3 minute/5 minute segments by the time children are 3 years old.

Concentration for long periods is what is conducive to high IQ.

A diet of a little TV is not that harmful—as long as they are not being programmed to think “Up is Down”—or Heather having two mommies is a “good” thing. The cognitive dissonance is destroying logic and reasoning in our children.

It is necessary for children to be clear on Evil and Good by the time they are seven. Most TV clouds the issues-—blurs the line so the children don’t have a strong character when they grow up-—they are easily manipulated into believing anything because moral relativism is so wishy washy.

Children feel secure and confident when they have a firm understanding of Right and Wrong by seven. All Leftism (most TV) is trying to destroy their moral foundation (Christianity)-—to make their minds of clay and confused—so the Leftists will be able to tell them snow is black and they will believe it. Since Leftism is all Lies-—children must be devoid of Logic and Reason (Natural Law Theory and a belief in God, the Designer).

22 posted on 10/10/2012 8:00:28 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: PGR88

I only liked Oscar the Grouch.

[who was considered a ‘grouch’ because he wasn’t PC]


I even had the Oscar puppet.

23 posted on 10/10/2012 8:01:57 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: Barb4Bush; shibumi

“No one is surprised Obama likes Big Birds.”

Sir Mixalot, “Big Butts”...and MO.

It all connects.


24 posted on 10/10/2012 8:12:55 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

25 posted on 10/10/2012 8:47:56 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obamaspeak: An army of pompous phrases marching across the landscape in search of an idea.)
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To: texas_mrs

26 posted on 10/10/2012 8:48:35 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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I’m in favor of giving all liberals free contraception.

27 posted on 10/10/2012 8:49:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obamaspeak: An army of pompous phrases marching across the landscape in search of an idea.)
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To: SeekAndFind

40+ years and Sesame Street welfare queens can’t turn a profit with all that merchandising?

They should man up and PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE of taxes. End the subsidy.

28 posted on 10/11/2012 9:10:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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