Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert to Everyday Americans: Drop Dead!
By now, you've probably heard about what Politico is billing as a potential "October surprise" - a "Rally to Restore Sanity," planned for October 30th on the Mall in Washington and hosted by the brilliant comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
The day before Halloween? I'm sure it'll be a solemn occasion, where people intend to reflect upon the real problems that face our nation, dressed up in costumes mocking conservative movers and shakers like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. In fact, I can just imagine the oh-so-clever people who will be dressed up like Christine O'Donnell as a witch. (Funny, isn't it, how when a conservative admits to "dabbling" in something like witchcraft as a teenager it's a big scandal, but progressive, leftist PC dictates that we should be sensitive to the beliefs of those who declare themselves pagans and Wiccans.)
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert - your hosts
Oh, but I'm being cynical. The Comedy Central guys don't really "mean" anything by the whole thing. It's just a big joke, doncha know:
“We’re not provocateurs, we’re not activists; we are reacting for our own catharsis,” Stewart tells [New York magazine's Chris] Smith. “There is a line into demagoguery, and we try very hard to express ourselves but not move into, ‘So follow me! And I will lead you to the land of answers, my people!’ You can fall in love with your own idea of common sense. Maybe the nice thing about being a comedian is never having a full belief in yourself to know the answer. So you can say all this stuff, but underneath, you’re going, ‘But of course, I’m f*cking idiotic.’ It’s why we don’t lead a lot of marches.” (emphasis mine)
Perhaps that's why the Comedy Central overlords have asked Craig Minassian, former Clinton administration press aide who is now a consultant to Comedy Central, and Chris Wayne, a former Clinton White House event organizer who works on large-scale media events and promotions, to help them file their permit for the October 30th event. But I'm sure they won't be helping them actually run the event...
Still, we know that Stewart, Colbert and Comedy Central aren't activists. How do we know? Jon Stewart told us so! Why would he lie?
Remember when comedians used to speak "truth to power" (I hate that phrase, but there it is) to the rich and powerful? Back in the '70s, Chevy Chase enjoyed portraying Gerald Ford (an accomplished athlete in his youth) as a perpetual klutz. Even Johnny Carson wasn't averse to making the occasional funny reference to politicians.
During the 2008 campaign, politicians running for president were the butt of many jokes (some more than others - guess who?, but we'll put that aside for now). More recently, Will Ferrell loved to bash George W. Bush so much that he even expanded his SNL impressions of W to a one-man Broadway show. And Tina Fey milked her impression of Sarah Palin until the cow ran dry.
Then there are the really vulgar offerings of David Letterman and Kathy "I'll say anything to get press" Griffin.
That's to be expected, of course. Public figures are ripe for ridicule, deserved or not. It goes with the territory.
But now, Colbert and Stewart (real last name Leibowitz) are, to bastardize a quote from Emeril Lagasse, kicking it down a notch. Because instead of going after the rich and powerful - or those who would like to be rich and powerful - and those associated with them, they're going after YOU.
That's right. If you:
- Went to Glenn Beck's recent (and massively attended) Restoring Honor rally in August or wished you could have;
- are an official Tea Partier or a Tea Party supporter;
- are one of the people whose values are closer to Sarah Palin than Barack "The Won" Obama's;
- agree with 68% of Pennsylvanians that cutting taxes, not increasing spending, will lead to more jobs
- and read Big Hollywood...
...then the Wonder Twins at Comedy Central have a bone to pick with you.
You see, Colbert and Stewart and their ilk (the big cahunas in the entertainment industry) have risen above such petty concerns as which bills will have to go unpaid this month or what to do when you've been informed that your job will shortly be eliminated. Paid much, much more than the average schlub and surrounded by yes men and other adoring admirers, they live in a bubble world where unicorns and sugar-coated raindrops really do exist.
In other words, they are part of the self-anointed elite. As such, the people lovingly described by accomplished actress and American icon Megan Fox as "white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super bible-beating people in Middle America" who are becoming more politically aware and not liking what they see, have become a threat who must be eliminated. Not literally, of course.
And it doesn't matter if you watch their shows or not. Hollywoodites have proven again and again that they really don't care if they insult their loyal fans as long as they can suck up to one another and to their liberal overlords in the government. How else would they get chances to schmooze with the prez? (Another reason why I think they despised W - he wasn't as impressed with vapid celebrity as his predecessor and successor.)
This is not a rally to restore "sanity;" it's a rally to show the Democrats that they still haven't lost Hollywood - and to show middle America the finger.
Question: Am I the only one who thinks Stephen Colbert is a dead ringer for the nerdy, upper crust Cecil Vyse (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) in one of my favorite films, 1985's A Room With a View?
Stephen Colbert and Cecil Vyse: Separated at birth?
Seriously, one more question: Will this event be reported as an in-kind donation to the DNC?