Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Maybe Romney Isn't As Bad As Dole...

Huh. There's something surprising in this story.

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 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.
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?

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.

9 comments:

bogie said...

I was telling WS last night that for someone who lost the debate (yes, I actually watched it), it's pretty sad when the best rebuttal that Obama has is to save Big Bird.

As an unemployed person (going on 3 months), I want to hear about getting the heck out of the way for job creaters, not about how my taxes should be spent on Big Bird.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Just more evidence that the only arguments Obama has are the emotional ones. He's campaigning on pure pathos, without even a hint of reasoned argument left.

Also, I'm curious - has PBS ever allowed its properties to be used in a political campaign before?

Suz said...

Judging by the price of his licensed merchandise, Big Bird ought to be able to pay his own way.

Anonymous said...

Big bird. Makes $300,000 plus in salary. Imagine what Kermit makes

Ed said...

"Imagine what Kermit makes"?

Hey! It ain't easy being green.

Heath J said...

It's fucking sad, because I LIKE seeing Obama slapped around like a tetherball, but I'm still not voting for Mittens.

Wraith said...

@ Jake: They DIDN'T allow it, and are telling Obummer to knock it off.

I think Romney's going to win big. Whether this will make any appreciable difference is up for debate.

Geodkyt said...

#occupysesamestreet

Robert said...

"non-partisan, non-profit organization"

Yeah, right. It's pretty obvious that Sesame Street is, at least, pretty far left leaning. Almost every single guest star or musical group they have on the show are flaming liberals. Plus Whoopi does the introduction on all of their DVD disks (Fortunately, skippable on the majority of them)