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Politics is Child’s Play

October 6, 2012

No really. Governing? Not so much. But politics? Totally is. How do I know this? Sesame Street has become big political news.

Yeah, yeah there was a debate and Romney supposedly won. I don’t think anyone won that hot mess. I was so frustrated it is possible that I may have had to pause the live stream in order to curse Jim Leher.

That said, the talking point that has lasted, and grown and taken on a life of its own was this quote:

“I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not gonna keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.

The internet reaction was swift and fierce.



Mittens done fucked up big time. The first rule of national popularity contests, which honestly, is all the the modern electoral process is, is this: Thou Shalt Not Fuck With the Childhood Icons of the Electorate.

And you know what? The left got smart about this and they did so fast. Within a day, this happened.

and this

and finally this

It’s beautiful. It’s brilliant. It’s a simple, recognizable message that is going to be repeated over and over and over and people will freak right the fuck out every time because it’s Big Bird. He taught half the country how to read! Some of us learned to grieve with him when Mr. Hooper died. Many of us shared his frustration that no one could see Snuffleupagus (Who has a first name. Did you know? It’s Aloysius. The things you learn while blogging.) and his vindication when Snuffy was shown to be real. America grew up with this giant freak puppet. We love this puppet. Mitt Romney is going to lose because he threatened this puppet. Think about that shit. Mittens is getting his ass handed to him by a fictional character.

Night night,  Mittens. I’m sure the residents of Sesame Street will forgive you, thus teaching a valuable life lesson to the children of the world. The voting public however? We’re going to kick your lying ass.




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