It doesn’t particularly matter who does, just as long as he’s mentioned.
Perhaps Joe Biden will think he can get a jab in at the Romney campaign for threatening to cut the funding to PBS. Or maybe Paul Ryan will choose to bring it up sua sponte. Either way, I hope it’s brought up.
First watch this newly released ad from the Obama campaign, and then I’ll explain. Also, please note the first eight words of the ad:
I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.
Quite the ad.
At this point in the campaign, I should know to expect the unexpected.
Even so, I’m struck that what a sitting President would choose to take from an hour and half of honest debate about the serious issues facing our country, is an offhand remark his opponent made about a fictional giant yellow bird.
Seriously, is this the state of the Obama campaign? This ad says more about what the President hasn’t done in the last four years than Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan ever could. What’s more, the President knows that his only remaining tactic available to win the election is one that is the hallmark of a desperate candidate.
The President’s own remarks from the 2008 campaign underscore this point perfectly. (h/t CNN)
“If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things,” Obama said.
This is essentially a retroactive admission that Obama’s 2012 campaign is in panic mode, and its something that Ryan needs to exploit in the debate this Thursday. The Obama campaign is out of ideas, and their entire strategy hinges on the hope that they can distract people from the real issues.
So please, somebody, anybody, bring up Big Bird at the next debate.
If this happens, Paul Ryan can expose to the wider American public that by President Obama’s own admission, he has not earned reelection from the American people.
UPDATE: Sesame Street wants the Obama campaign to take the ad down.
“Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” a Tuesday statement on Sesameworkshop.org reads. “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”