Cecily's comment on my last post got me thinking: I suddenly see Grover and Elmo as a compelling allegory for American politics. Blue Grover is big-hearted but maddeningly inept, has delusions of grandeur, and is now not much more than a marginalized relic. He's lost his spotlight to Red Elmo, the corporate superstar who remains unflaggingly upbeat in the face of adversity and is incomprehensibly beloved by all. (OK, just over half.)
That leaves the Green Party to Oscar, occasionally barking his displeasure from the depths of his trash can.