Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint lashed out recently against a group he deemed was becoming a cadre of "political animals": the Muppets.
Citing a recent news conference on Capitol Hill, in which a handful of Muppets appeared alongside Democratic Congress members protesting proposed funding cuts in public broadcasting, DeMint accused the beloved children's characters of inappropriately political behavior.
"It's time to draw a clear distinction between the government and entertainment," DeMint argued. "Democrats shouldn't cast our children's most beloved creatures as characters for their big-government, big-spending causes."
President Obama's proposed budget calls for $451 million in funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a figure that many Republicans are trying to reduce.
In a blog post, DeMint put that sum into perspective: "It would take Count Von Count more than 42 years to count the 451 million, one 'Ah! Ah! Ah!' dollar at a time," he wrote.