This is the second shoe to drop in the war between the cable infotainment networks as they attempt to seize the imagination of the American people and exercise some influence on Tuesday's elections.
That it has all come to this is an entirely different subject, one that I doubt I have have the strength (or desire) to tackle. We generally do local politics on this site. You know, where we discuss the awful policies of those running this city, and they squawk about their victimhood. The last refuge of a scoundrel these days being political correctness, I guess. And it beats their having to actually discuss real issues. Which, I suppose, makes this blog a kind of a foil.
Oh, and I hear they will be trotting out a new message soon. Goes something like, "We're nice, so give us your money and stop asking so many questions."
Sorry, I got distracted. There is another rally going on in Washington DC today, and I thought I should point it out to you. It is called "Government Doesn't Suck," and it is a reply to last year's "Government Sucks" rally that also took place in Washington. Using the attention being given to the Stewart/Colbert rally as a way of bringing focus to their cause, an organization called GovLoop.com hopes to put a human face to the widely accepted image of the lazy and incompetent bureaucrat.
Here is how the event is described on the GovLoop.com Facebook page, a site that boasts of a membership of 35,000 government employees.
A lot of people say that government sucks. Living in DC, you're in the eye of the storm. With anti-government sentiments at record highs, we feel your pain. We know, you don't suck, you know you don't suck, so let's let the world in on this little secret.
GovLoop is getting together to put a human face on governmental bureaucracy, to show the country that you're capable of having a laugh. We'll be raising awareness for the importance of government activities by attending the Rally to Restore Sanity on Oct. 30 at 10:30 am and showing our support fro (sic) Gov't (sic) workers with signs and t-shirts.
And seeing as to how this is a GovLoop event, feel free to take pictures, video and engage in discussions that will hit the web!
There will be t-shirts, signs, reasonable indignation and, most importantly, a platform for us to rally around the mantra that "Government Doesn't Suck."
We certainly live in wild times, do we not?
There is a Christian Science Monitor piece on this pre-event to the Stewart/Colbert shindig, and the venerable news organization discussed this affair with the founder and president of GovLoop.com, Steve Ressler.
"People hate government," says Ressler. But he says the troops have been called out to march Saturday to put a human face on the institution. They've come to town to push back against the apparently widely-held assumption that, "we are all incompetent, lazy and overpaid," he says.
But is a gathering of the super hip, super ironic fan crowd that stays up from 11 p.m. to midnight - past the bedtime of most government workers - to watch Colbert and Stewart skewer every government worker in town, really the best place to make this case?
Yes, says Ressler. Because this is a largely young demographic and, he maintains, "the very ones whose attitudes we hope to change." Public service, he says, is noble, meaningful work, and not all that long ago it used to be "the goal of the best and brightest."
Good luck with that.