Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity"--To Go Or Not To Go?

So JQ and I thought we'd go up to the rally...but then I heard Stewart say, basically, that it was not a political rally, but, rather, would be like a version of The Daily Show. I mean, I'd schlep up to D.C. and fight the crowds for a rally to, y'know, restore sanity...but not to watch The Daily Show. In an enormous crowd. And especially not to then have to stand around waiting for the Metro to clear out said enormous crowd.

Anybody know what's up with this rally, or have any thoughts on this.

I'm also not too encouraged to hear rumors about a largish HuffPo/PETA presence...


Anonymous Jared said...

I think it's really what it says it is, not just another show. Also, don't be deterred if a few crazies show up. A lot of non-crazy people I know are going. I'd go, but I have too much work this weekend, and plus, I can't muster up that much enthusiasm for the premise of the rally. I support sane political discourse, but I'm also not going to just say "we all just need to calm down" when the right is becoming crazier and crazier. Sometimes I think liberals, which I count myself one of, are a bit too "reasonable."

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're concerned that some of the people at the rally won't be in complete agreement with you, maybe this isn't the rally for you. Look to the teabaggers for such purity.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Point taken, Anonymous...

Though I was really more worried about this degenerating into one of those anti-World-Bank puppet-show/performance-art pieces, not with mere disagreement.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I lived on the East Coast, I'd go. I don't think there's much chance of giant puppets being featured at a John Stewart sponsored event. (Giant puppets => not funny.)

I also don't see why restoring sanity and sarcasm can't go hand in hand. So long as it doesn't lead to some ironic position of cynicism-inspired inaction, it's a good thing.

Oh, wait a minute...

Anyway, I suspect that if there are several thousand people at the event, it won't just be a big comedy central act: it just won't work. Comedy works best at cabaret scale, not stadium scale.


12:07 AM  
Blogger lovable liberal said...

I'm working on GOTV for Democrats in Massachusetts, or I'd go to the party, fully expecting to be on the same side as lots of semi-rational people. Hey, it's a party, not graduate orals!

I do think our crazies are much less toxic on average than their crazies.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Jim Bales said...


Our crazies: Giant Puppets

Their crazies: Stomping on people's heads

Hmmm -- you may have a point.

7:57 PM  

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