Jon Stewart-The Last Sane Liberal?
Now, a lot of liberals were very upset. Democratic Underground, Juan Cole, every hard core leftist I can think of(though not most mainstream Washington Dems I know, the poor saps who tried so hard to make the rest of the party beat down the Dean invasion). Stewart, who is a comic first and political anaylst second(how can i say this? All good comics are beholden to the truth, because good comics know that the truth is always funnier. Not so with political analysts) was bubbly last night on his show about the anti-Syrian protesters. His guest, in an odd bit of irony, was former Clinton State Department official and Republican-hater Nancy Soderberg, author of "The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Power. She was, apparently, to tell Stewart why the "neocons" were such horrible screw ups. What followed, and I admit I missed it as I turned it off when I heard the title of her book, was captured by James Taranto at Best of the Web. Stewart, enthused by the revolt in Beruit, would not come around to her style of thinking and challenged her on her points. Go read it. It's mesmerizing and funny, and I've got to watch the rerun tonight. Frankly, I have to applaud Jon Stewart. As the left goes nuts, he's still intellectually honest with himself and he's got the guts to speak his mind in a leftist culture that does NOT tolerate dissent, ie Bush Evil! Bravo, Jon.
(Hat tip: the Instapundit Himself)