Well now you've seen three reports by me in transit and a few pictures. So what did I actually THINK of the rally to restore sanity and/or fear?
My first thought is that anyone who seriously thought this rally was the beginning of some left-leaning movement to rival the Tea Party was sorely mistaken. Yes, guys, Al Franken was a comedian who became a Senator. But Al Franken became a media executive in between. I obviously don't know Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart, nor do I know anyone who knows them. But I think these men are just happy being entertainers.
My second thought is that there is a lot of pent-up angst on the left in this country. I'd say that about 10 percent of the crowd came carrying some sort of sign, dressed up in costume, or sending some sort of message about the right. There were a few-- very few-- right-leaning signs, but a very small minority.
Third, I think the primary target of Stewart's and Colbert's jabs today wasn't any poltiical figure. It was the media. Colbert giving his "Medals of Fear" to major news organizations for barring their employees from attending and to Anderson Cooper's black t-shirt(!) were awesome. And the entire debate between Stewart and Colbert... the "they" Stewart referred to when he said "they want the people to live in fear, to be scared", was, as I heard his words, the media. And why wouldn't it be? The media choose what gets covered, and what gets convered is extremism on both sides. But the media is the opiate of the political class, and politicians have to get their fix. Thus the vicious circle.
Fourth, this was a damn entertaining event. I didn't see any locals there-- guess they'll all be posting their thoughts too-- but it kind of hard to in that mass of humanity. I stand by my thought of over 100 thousand people there.
Finally, I hope that some of the people who attended the rally today, who haven't yet lifted a finger to help their local candidates in their area, choose to do so this last weekend. Talking a good game and expressing your righteous indignation without backing it up with action sucks.
Happy Halloween! I'm going to engage in some activism myself over the next couple days-- I'll be back with a post-election post!