Romney vs. Big Bird, Elmo and Twitter

Mitt Romney put a target on the back of federal funding for public broadcasting and radio in Wednesday’s debate, saying he likes debate moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS and Big Bird but he’s “gonna stop the subsidy to PBS.” That prompted official and unofficial responses Thursday on Twitter. Big Bird tweeted via @SesameStreet: “My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?” A parody account, @FireMeElmo, tweeted, “Elmo need help filing unemployment form – no thumbs” and “Exit interview confuse Elmo. Why name continuing health care after scary Cobra.” Actor Zach Braff tweeted: “Just saw Big Bird turning tricks by the Lincoln Tunnel.” In response to the response, David Burge (aka @iowahawkblog) tweeted: “No wonder lefties identify with Big Bird. A 43-year-old welfare layabout with imaginary friends.”