Big Bird Is a Republican

Lay off, Mitt. PBS should make a conservative proud

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I wasn't surprised that during the Oct. 3 presidential debate in Denver, Mitt Romney pledged to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). For Republicans, PBS threats are as reliable as Ken Burns reruns during pledge drives. But I was surprised by how he said it: "I like PBS. I love Big Bird ... [But] I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."

That's right: Romney called Big Bird out, pulled his big yellow weave. Ordinarily it's PBS's defenders who bring up Big Bird--and Elmo, Arthur and Curious George--to emotionalize the...

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