Of all the topics covered during last week’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the only thing team Obama could exploit was Big Bird? Really?
The Obama campaign on Tuesday unveiled a television ad mocking GOP candidate Mitt Romney for his calls to cut federal funding for PBS, saying it would do little to address the deficit.
The sardonic ad compares “Sesame Street” character Big Bird, whom Romney mentioned during last Wednesday’s presidential debate, to corporate titans prosecuted for financial misdeeds.
Sardonic? Its an ad, and a focus, that betrays the campaign’s feelings about its own base: it says they think their base is full of sentimentalists, and so stupid that they think Big Bird and Sesame Street are more important, more pressing issues than oh, I don’t know, the economy, the increasingly volatile situations in Libya and Iran, the incompetence of the State Department, the scandalous waste of taxpayer money spent on “green” interests whose failures are ignored, the idea that we ran guns into Mexico without that government’s knowledge and people died…
Yeah, let’s talk about Big Bird.
Team Obama is out of steam and desperate. Even Sesame Street knows it. Whoever came up with that ad idea needs to be canned.
Obama’s campaign has wounded him with friendly fire. But like Alana Goodman, I have wondered for a while why Obama is running for re-election when he seems to hate the job and find its requirements beneath him.
You know how sometimes a soldier will shoot himself in the foot? Perhaps a self-inflicted wound on the battlefield is meant to get him an honorable discharge and sent home?
I’m really all for that.
As Ed Morrissey says, this ad diminishes the president and has embarrassed his fans in the press:
More than a dozen American diplomatic missions have been put to the torch over the last month, one of which resulted in the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. The labor force is near its lowest level in more than 30 years. Gas prices have skyrocketed, and we’re at war in Afghanistan. We are exactly four weeks from the national election. Today, however, Barack Obama will release a new 30-second spot focusing on the true issue that faces our nation …. Big Bird?
Read the whole thing — Ed has the links that tell the story.