Billiam the snowman is undignified, they say. He was made of snow, but the children know how he came to life one day.
Yes indeed, the children know. The wholesome Minneapolis lads who helped an animated snowman named Billiam probe Democratic presidential candidates at the recent CNN/YouTube debate found their etchings on the front page of the Wall Street Journal yesterday.
Part of the reason for the ongoing attention to Billiam’s creators is that candidate Mitt Romney and other stuffy on-lookers are wondering aloud whether candidates should subject themselves to such indignities.
Huh? It’s obviously terrible politics to look so humorless to young voters. Beyond that, I honestly don’t understand the concern. Taking a question from an animated snowman is odd, but offensive? Billiam’s question was relevant and serious, and it added a few seconds of levity to the event.
If you’re going to open up questioning to voters, candidates need to take voters the way they are instead of insisting that they pre-sanitize themselves. If some want to express themselves through the media and tone of their generation, what’s the harm?