Obama’s ‘Long March’ to victory in November spearheaded by Muppets
posted at 10:41 am on October 14, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
MSNBC’s race-baiting commentator Touré has an amusing pep talk in Sunday’s Daily News, in which he assures the Democratic faithful that Obama has this one sewn up. The evidence Touré offers in support of his conviction is as thin as his overuse of metaphor is thick (“It has been so long since Democrats felt even a scintilla of electoral despair that the slightest taste of it was frightening enough to make them look like [sic] they were in Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream.’”)
The timing of the column is interesting, coming as it does the morning after Real Clear Politics updated its Electoral College map to reveal that Obama’s once impressive lead has shriveled to ten votes, 201 to 191. But don’t worry, children, Uncle Touré advises. Unemployment is below 8%, dontcha know (even though a glaring disparity between the number of jobs added and the lowered rate in the September BLS report has some analysts scratching their heads). Plus Joe Biden’s whoop-a-thon on Thursday, in which he stopped just this side of dropping his pants, is sure to restore the polls to “normalcy.” Finally there’s this: “Months ago, the President successfully framed this as a choice election, not a referendum, and the Republicans never offered a compelling alternative choice.”
Compelling arguments like that might be hard to counter, but just to be on the safe side, other Obama supporters have taken to the streets. Reuters reports that a “Million Muppet March” on D.C. has been planned for Nov. 3, three days before the election.
The idea for the demonstration was independently conceived by Michael Bellavia, 43, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, a 46-year-old college student from Idaho, who have since pooled their intellectual resources. Bellavia bought the URL www.millionmuppetmarch.com, which provides instructions on how to make a sock puppet. Interesting, the site also allows comments, the first of which is subversive, noting that “Big Bird made enough money last year to put himself in the one percent earnings bracket. So isn’t this a Millionaire March?”
The Obama campaign itself continues to attempt to score points by invoking the name of Big Bird. Last Thursday, spokeswoman Jen Psaki proclaimed on Air Force One 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.” Unluckily for the president, she was referring to him.
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