Sanity? Really? They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.
You've got to wonder whether the rally's planners are frantically looking for a way out right about now. One Jon Stewart fan, at least, is begging him to reconsider:
Call in sick. Say you couldn't get a sitter. Even better, say it was all an Andy Kaufman-esque spoof, a multilayered joke-inside-a-joke not only on the politicians and blowhards who hold rallies but on your own audience, which should have known better, and on Oprah and Arianna and even President Obama, who were all so quick to jump on the bandwagon. That would be gutsy -- and funny.Carlos Lozada's advice for Stewart -- Shut up and satirize:
But when you actually announced the rally nine days later, I started worrying. There you were, claiming leadership over 70 to 80 percent of America, calling for solutions that we could "agree to try and could ultimately live with." Criticizing "the loud folks [who] over the years dominate our national conversation on our most important issues." Your delivery was hilarious (as were the rally signs), but your words were those of a politician. The whole time I was half-expecting you to suddenly meet us at Camera 3 and whisper that, of course, this wasn't real, this wasn't you. . . .Via the Washington Post and Jennifer Rubin, the mock-but-real rally meant to mock the Beck rally and its attendees threatens to be a lefty freak show:
If satire is the art of saying something fake and pretending it's real in order to make a point, you seem to be doing the opposite with this rally: Doing something real and pretending it's fake in order to make your point.
Still, groups ranging from PETA to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws are preparing props and making snarky signs in preparation for the event, and more than 200,000 people have said on Facebook that they will attend.Toss in NARAL, Code Pink, and a few pumped-up anarchists for a really memorable -- and sane! -- event.
J-Ru alludes to the sneer factor:
Really — have these people learned nothing? Stephen Colbert’s performance on Capitol Hill seemed to personify Democrats’ fundamental unseriousness and disregard for the public’s concerns. Now the same comic, with Jon Stewart in tow, is going to mock and sneer at his fellow citizens as “snarky” (read: obnoxious) signs display the views of the liberal “cool” crowd. It is a disaster waiting to happen — and will fill the cable and network news shows on the weekend before the election. Great going, fellas.The liberal media will try to salvage something worth spinning from the event, but there may not be much to work with. In that case they'll do their best to pretend it never happened, just as they do with the March for Life every year.
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