Monday, October 20, 2008

Jon Stewart Loses It

Over at The Weekly Standard blog, writer Mary Katherine Ham has this interesting account of Jon Stewart's speech to college students at a rally in Boston, in which he said the following:

"He (McCain) made an interesting vice presidential choice.

I like the woods...I just don't know if I would pull my vice president out of the woods randomly.

She came out again today. She was talking to a small town, she said that small towns, that's the part of the country she really likes going to because that's the pro-America part of the country.

You know, I just want to say to her, just very quickly...[expletive] you.

I've never seen someone with a greater disparity between how cute they sound when they're saying something and how terrible what they're saying is.

Don't ya know, Obama, by golly, he just is a terrorist? What? Oh, you know, he just, gosh, kills babies, you know.

I'm so over the idea that only small-town America is the heart and soul. Small-town America is fine, but it's the same as cities. Cities are just a lot of towns piled on top of each other in one place.

They have this whole thing that somehow we can write off entire swaths of the country, that we are somehow...I get it. You know, New York City wasn't good enough for [expletive] Osama bin Laden, it better be good enough for you.

I can't take it anymore. After eight years of this divisiveness, we're back to this idea that only small-town America is the real America.

I get it. I'm from New York. We have a lot of gay people. But homosexuals don't have sodomy on Russian flags."

Ham points out:
The media has devoted hundreds of stories of late to the tenor of audience comments at McCain-Palin rallies, fretting about "rage" and "incitement" by the campaign, but the only account of Stewart's appearance is a one-sentence mention in the Boston Globe, and his abusive Palin comments are not included.
Not only that, but imagine for a moment that some McCain supporter had gone so clearly off the rails about either Obama or Joe Biden, and had said anything even remotely like what Stewart said above (Russian flags? What the heck does that even mean?). But nobody's even paying attention to the foam-at-the-mouth malcontents on the left, mainly because a lot of them really are the mainstream media and their associates.

I have a feeling that in Jon Stewart's ideal America, there is no divisiveness, because the people who believe that abortion and gay marriage are wrong are no longer allowed to speak in public without the threat of being silenced by either the law or the press. The scary thing is that I have a feeling Barack Obama's ideal America is about the same.

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