Thursday, April 2, 2009

Jon Stewart: Au revoir, Mr. Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh is leaving New York City because taxes on the rich are going up. Cry me a river. Jon Stewart is not going to miss him.

You'll have to click on the link to see it (it's well worth three minutes of your time; I watched it three times) because I couldn't make the video work on this post. For some reason, one particular "embed" link kept disappearing.

This is important not just for the humor, but because, to paraphrase Clausewitz, sometimes culture is politics by other means. Obama's election was a major breakthrough in the political culture of this country, but moments like this help seal the deal. Jon Stewart is declaring victory over Rush Limbaugh, and enjoying it. I usually try to respect my political opponents. But sometimes the best kind of political activism involves a little bit of humiliation. Particularly for arrogant jerks like Limbaugh.

What's funny about this is that Jon Stewart is doing something that many moderate Republicans should be thankful for. I know some longtime Republicans who absolutely despise Rush Limbaugh, and will be thankful when he is gone. Right now, they can be thankful that Jon Stewart just took him down a notch.

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