President Obama got the entirety of the show on ‘The Daily Show‘ last night; the only sitting President to do so.
Jon Stewart didn’t softball him either. He asked questions about what happened to the ‘Hope and Change’ message and what about the ‘change the way Washington works’ meme. The President was eloquent as usual in his response to great applause. The gist? Change doesn’t happen overnight. Look at what has been accomplished in the face of massive obstruction and years of crafting Washington in the form that special interests have made it. Substantive health care reform, financial regulation. Have we achieved everything? No. Can we? Yes we still can.
But not if this upcoming election goes heavily in favour of the Republicans/Tea Party.
Also last night in a special comment, Keith Olbermann eviscerated the Tea Party. He spent half the Countdown listing every gaffe, stupid quote, or threat of insurrection by Tea Party candidates and finally ended up (almost to his detriment) demanding that you get out the vote, or else we are doomed to a dystopian future of corporatocracy. He’s right, but the delivery was a bit scary. Keith often rails against Republicans for whipping up fear but that rant was the biggest fearmongering diatribe I’ve ever seen him do.
But this coming Saturday; October 30, brings us the Rally to Restore Sanity/ March to Keep Fear Alive from Stewart and Colbert. The rally idea began as an internet phenomenon in response to Glenn Beck’s silly evengelical gathering on the Mall in Washington DC. Stewart’s event promises to bring in over 100,000 people in a plea to stop focusing on the extreme elements in politics and get back to what’s important for the average American citizen.
Many critics are already pounding Stewart for crossing the line of entertainment into politics (as if Glenn Beck hasn’t already done that). Stewart promises that “It’s gonna be fun”. We could all use a little bit of fun in these emotionally charged political times.
Will the event have an effect on the political outcomes three days later? Who knows? It just might.
By the way, there are simultaneous rallies taking place all over the country. Check to see if there’s one in your area.