**Posted by Phineas
In the wake of President Obama’s shellacking at the hands of Governor Romney in last week’s debate, the Obama campaign has sought to show Americans that they are focused like a laser on the issue we all deeply care about.
What is that issue, you ask? A $16 trillion-dollar national debt that growing by the hour? A trillion-dollar budget deficits that show no sign of ending? A resurgent al Qaeda? Chinese aggression in East Asia? A failing war in Afghanistan and the potential loss of all we gained by our sacrifices in Iraq? Scandals in the Departments of Justice and State that have cost human lives?
Don’t be silly, silly! The President and his campaign are fighting for what truly matters: Big Bird.
“I will say it doesn’t change the fact that there’s only one candidate in this race who is going to continue to fight for Big Bird and Elmo, and he is riding on this plane,” [campaign spokeswoman] Psaki continued.
Psaki reminded reporters again of the campaign’s “love for Big Bird and Elmo,” then defended the concept of the ad.
“This election is about serious issues,” she noted. “That’s what the President talks about every day. That’s what his focus is on every day.”
It’s been said that the moment the McCain campaign lost the election in 2008 was when he made himself look ridiculous by suspending his campaign and heading for Washington during the September fiscal crisis. While this isn’t nearly as dramatic, people may just look back on the decision to make Big Bird a major talking point as the moment Obama lost 2012.
(And how Psaki could say that without choking with embarrassment or the reporters laughing in derision, I have no idea.)
UPDATE: Yep. This may be the moment they lost it. When even Chris “Tingles” Matthew says this is a Mickey Mouse issue…
UPDATE II: My friend Michael Ledeen compares this to Jimmy Carter and his killer rabbit.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)