- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a rally yesterday down on the Mall, in case you missed it. Crowd estimates vary, but 150,000 seems to be the consensus, or, as Jon put it, “I can see we have over 10 million people.” It was civil, funny, and sent a message to the media:
In his closing remarks, Jon became more earnest. He said that he wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for coming, even though it’s certain he’ll be criticized for it tomorrow: “I can’t control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions. This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do.”
“But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies,” Stewart continued. “But unfortunately one of our main tools in delineating the two broke. The country’s 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems, but it’s existence makes solving them that much harder.”
‘If we amplify everything, we hear nothing,” he said, adding: “Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers or real bigots and Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate.”
- There’s a poll out from Colorado which predicts that Tancredo will win the Governor’s race. No, seriously.
- Hurricane Tomas is in the Caribbean, hiting St Lucia and St Vincent, moving towards Haiti.
- Hillary Clinton is in Cambodia, and visited a rehab center for child prostitutes.
The Siem Reap center received a $336,0000 grant from the State Department last year to fund its operating costs and Clinton said she would make sure money continued to flow.
“I wanted to come here today to see you for myself,” Clinton said.
- Yes, it’s Halloween, and someone actually is obsessing about why children pick the candy they do.
- Sharron Angle, AKA “The gift that keeps on giving,” has banned two television stations from her election party for, I kid you not, “asking questions without permission.”