“Please tell me,” a nephew posted on Facebook, “this isn’t a real ad…”:
This perspicacious young man is wise to question the video’s authenticity; it looks more like a video an Obama supporter made to post on Facebook rather than one produced by a presidential campaign. It may look amateurish, but the Obama campaign really did put it together, intending it, Alana Goodman reports, “as a ‘parody’ and it’s going to run during ‘comedy shows.’” It’s just another “shiny object” designed to distract us from a dismal debate performance and an incumbent president who has run out of ideas.
If high school students (albeit very smart ones) are incredulous that a presidential campaign would produce this ad, what hard-working adults (and adults wishing they were hard-working), Americans who are concerned about the dwindling size of the income and the increasing cost of gas and groceries, think today about this latest offering from Obama’s campaign.
up the ways in which this ad is not helpful to the Obama camp. It keeps discussion of Debate-aggedon going. It is petty, suggesting that’s all the campaign has got to talk about. It makes Mitt Romney’s budget argument all the more powerful — liberals can’t part with PBS subsidies, so how are they going to make the tough calls on the debt? It chews up news cycles and time, neither of which Obama can afford to fritter away at this point. It gives the media another opportunity to show their “even-handedness” by lambasting the Obama team (after months of cooing and protecting the president from hard questions). It will annoy liberals donors and the base, who are already wondering if Obama really wants to win this race.
She thinks it’s a “a blessing in disguise” that “Big Bird’s keepers at Sesame Workshop” have asked the Obama campaign ” to take down the ad.”
And it shows us yet again that the Obama team would rather run against Mitt Romney than present a governing plan for Obama’s second term — should he win reelection.
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