Saturday afternoon, I attended my third rally of the summer on the Washington Mall: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s rally to “Restore Sanity And/Or Fear.” It was the biggest and best of all three.
Even though it wasn’t a political rally, I never saw so many Democrats in my life. And the contrast with Glenn Beck’s August 28 rally was stunning.
Having attended both, believe me: Jon Stewart’s crowd was at least twice as big as Glenn Beck’s; it was much more diverse; and it was 90 percent young people. Beck’s crowd looked like the front porch of a nursing home.
I just had one beef. Jon Stewart closed by showing video of cars merging from three lanes to one, to go through a tunnel. Politics should be polite like that, he argued: “You go, I go. You go, I go.”
To which I say: No, no, no! Yes, politics should be polite. But politics is not like merging on the freeway. It’s not like taking turns. Politics is about doing what’s right.
What Jon Stewart should have said is: The only way to restore sanity in America is to go out and vote and prevent those insane Republicans from getting back in power.
That’s my parting shot for today.