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Finally Some Campaign Fun

The nasty campaign for president got a bit funny Tuesday with release of an Obama TV ad focused on Romney's debate comments about Big Bird.

Finally Some Campaign Fun

Finally, the long, ugly slog of a presidential campaign marked by anger and caterwauling on both sides of the political spectrum, has a pinch of humor.

The Obama campaign on Tuesday released a new TV ad, "Big Bird," making fun of Romney's comment in the first debate that he'd cut funding for PBS even though he loves Big Bird.

The ad, which you can see here, starts with a list of high-finance felons including Bernie Madoff and Enron's Ken Lay; a narrator calls them "gluttons of greed."

Then we hear "and the evil genius that towered over them?" as we see a silhouette of Big Bird who appears to be looking down from a New York highrise office building.

"One man has the guts to speak his name," says the narrator, followed by a series of clips of Romney saying "Big Bird."

Narrator then says, "Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street."

The ad ends with a clip of Big Bird snoozing on an over-large nest as the narrator says, "Mitt Romney, taking on our enemies no matter where they nest."

Humor almost always is effective in campaigns, so now it's up to Romney's team to return funny fire. I would think something Biden-related might work.

And as the race tightens and multiple polls show either Romney now in the lead or both candidates in a statiscal tie, a little humor might just lighten the mood heading into the second debate October 16.

Otherwise I guess both sides will just go on with, you know, their feathers all ruffled.


John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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