Big Bird? BIG BIRD?
This is a moderately clever ad produced by moderately clever people. The moderately clever liberals who govern us think it's just farcical that someone should propose, in an era of $1 trillion deficits, that non-essential activities of the federal government should be cut. Limiting government is so dreadfully old fashioned; living within one's means is so awfully earnest.
Still, there's something deeply revealing about Obama's blithe willingness to portray Wall Street as an enemy. Wall Street is key to American prosperity--even to American greatness. Lots of important and impressive Americans have had careers on Wall Street. What Wall Street does is important. Wall Street matters.
I hate to tell the liberals this, but Sesame Street doesn't. It would be nice if life were "a magic carpet ride/Every door will open wide." It would be nice if happiness could be achieved by government telling us, "how to get/How to get to Sesame Street." It would be nice (maybe) if the world of Sesame Street were real.
But it's not. It's fictional. It's childish. It's as fictional and childish as the make-believe world of Obama's liberalism--a liberalism that scorns Wall Street, and disdains Main Street ... but embraces Sesame Street.
UPDATE: The Republican National Committee points out that in the last few days, Obama has mentioned Big Bird eight times, and Elmo five--and Libya not at all.
I wouldn't put this effort to get people outraged at Romney for wanting to "kill" Big Bird - something that won't happen anyway since Sesame Street is a fabulously successful franchise that takes in hundreds of millions of dollars from corporations, foundations, and the sale of their merchandise. And I wouldn't chalk it up to desperation either.
This is a sign that the Obama campaign has lost touch with reality and has created a bubble - a cocoon - that the candidate and his advisors live in.
Right after the debate, Obama apparently walked off the stage and actually believed he had won. Is that the thinking of someone in touch with reality? I think not.
They probably won't be hit with reality until Election Day.