Obama campaign deploys Big Bird in new ad
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama deployed Big Bird in a new campaign ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting. Romney's campaign dismissed it as an example of Obama being small-minded while the foundation behind Big Bird's program, "Sesame Street," asked that the ad be taken down.The campaign is pure politics; I have to hand it to the Obama campaign for reducing Romney's position into something that resonates with people. Of course, it would probably be better if he didn't use a non-partisan, non-profit organization that could potentially be harmed by being used by one political party, but since when has Obama ever cared about anyone other than Obama?
The satirical spot, set to air on national broadcast and cable TV stations, shows images of convicted financiers, including Bernie Madoff and Enron's Ken Lay, and suggests Romney thinks Big Bird is behind their crimes.
But Romney hit back, and hit back hard:
"Right now you've got 23 million Americans struggling to find work," spokesman Kevin Madden told reporters Tuesday. "I just find it troubling that the president's message, the president's focus 28 days from Election Day, is Big Bird."That's political ju jitsu right there, folks. The Obama campaign reduced Romney's campaign promise to simple rhetoric, and the Romney campaign spiked the ball right back over the net. The Obama campaign thought it was being cute by putting it out as "Romney wants to kill Big Bird", and the Romney campaign took that slow pitch right up the middle and crushed it right back: "With the economy as bad as it is, Obama is focusing on 'Big Bird'." That's pretty good right there.
I still think Romney's gonna lose, but at least he's putting some effort in...
That is all.