It was only a matter of time before The Daily Show and company got on the Glenn Beck bandwagon -- really, Beck's "Rally to Restore Honor," pompously delivered from the same place and on the same day as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream" speech, was too bloated not to satirize. The only question was: "How?" At first, it seemed as if Stephen Colbert would take up the torch and hold a faux-conservative "Rally to Restore Truthiness" -- and indeed, it looks as if he'll be doing something similar -- but more than anything, his spectacle will be a foil for John Stewart's more pragmatic "Rally to Restore Sanity," announced last week for October 30. The best part? Oprah's on board.
"Obama is Hitler. Bush is Hitler," Stewart complained on the show last week. "What's the problem, people, do you have no idea what a Stalin mustache looks like? Just think Super Mario's mustache with Wario's personality.
"We have seen these folks, the loud folks, over the years, dominate our national conversation on our most important issues," Stewart continued. He then suggested several rally signs, like "I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler" and "legalize pot." Since the announcement, over 100,000 people have RSVP'd for the rally on its Facebook page.
Certainly, the insanity of what political discourse has become in this country has led to some really stupid stuff -- but as Stewart's rally evidences, it's also led to some really hilarious stuff. Because when we're so bemused by the vitriol of the pundits and talking heads that 100,000 people can get together -- not just to protest it, but to satirize it -- then it is truly a bright day for jokes in our glorious nation. Indeed, if as many people actually turn out as have RSVP'd, this could be the biggest demonstration that is also a joke in the history of the world. Think about it.
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But to get there, the satire had to touch a nerve -- and if Oprah's into it, you know it has. She's like a barometer for public sentiment. She might as well have her face on money, is how American Oprah is. Anyway, here's what she had to say today:
I think Jon Stewart's on to something. Rally to Restore Sanity. Would you consider going? Oct 30, 2010?
God bless you, Oprah. And God bless America.