I don’t know about you, but my heart sank when I read about Jon Stewart’s Million Moderate March, planned for the Mall next weekend. My heart sank further when I learned that liberal groups, lacking any better ideas, have decided to take this endeavor seriously. It’s bad enough that the only way to drum up enthusiasm for a “Rally to Restore Sanity” is to make it into a television comedian’s joke. But it’s far worse that the “moderates” in attendance will have been bused in by Arianna Huffington and organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Stewart’s gathering, like Stephen Colbert’s “testimony” to Congress last month, is another exercise in mocking middle America –the middle of the country geographically, the middle when it comes to income, the middle when it comes to politics.
It is specifically targeted at the Tea Party, at the hundreds of thousands who turned out at the Beck-Palin rally in September, and at the millions who sympathized with those marching then.
The middle this year is decidely anti-Democratic where it was pro-Obama two years ago. The center of the political spectrum has shifted, and the left now doesn’t much like its allies of two years ago, and the result is the venom of some and the condescension of others. Hollywood is divided between the two reactions, but Stewart’s overt mocking will go a long way to motivating the center-right’s turnout on 11/2.
There is nothing like the contempt of elites to energize anti-elites. The Tea Party owed its creation to Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It owes thanks for a last push towards next week’s victories to all the members of the chattering class who have been so open in their scorn and so thorough in their disdain for ordinary Americans holding traditional opinions on the size and scope of government.