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'Big Bird, Small President'

9:57 AM, Oct 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Wall Street Journal editors write:

Having been routed in the first debate, President Obama has found a comeback strategy: Fly Big Bird. Specifically, mock Mitt Romney's call to cut federal subsidies for the millionaires at the Sesame Workshop and pledge to defend the Public Broadcasting Service no matter how much money the Treasury has to borrow.

At least he's finally discovered a second-term agenda.

On Monday night in San Francisco, Mr. Obama claimed Mr. Romney "said he'd bring down our deficit by going after what has been the biggest driver of our debt and deficits over the last decade—public television, PBS. You didn't know this, but for all you moms and kids out there, you should have confidence that finally somebody is cracking down on Big Bird." He's also rolled out a TV ad starring the Sesame Street favorite.

Mr. Obama is mocking a small effort to reduce federal spending, but it would be funnier if Mr. Obama hadn't also rejected all the larger efforts too. From Congressional Republicans. From his own Simpson-Bowles deficit commission. From a bipartisan group in the Senate. At the San Francisco event, as at the debate, as at every other campaign event this year, Mr. Obama offered no plan to move the government's spending into the same galaxy with its revenues.

Yesterday, the boss wrote about "Sesame Street Liberalism" here.

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