I often hear conservatives blast Jon Stewart for being nothing but another cog in the ever churning wheel of the liberal media. Granted he definitely leans to the left, but I’ve seen plenty of times where he’s hammered liberals and Democrats, and openly mocked many people on the left. That’s something you’ll rarely see Fox News do to Republicans.
Hell, even when someone on Fox News calls out a Republican, it’s often just because they’re trying to prop up another member of the GOP.
That being said, on Thursday night’s show Stewart decided to address the recent announcement by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that he’s running for president, mocking the fact that, while the Vermont senator is fairly popular among many who follow politics regularly, the vast majority of Americans have no idea who he is.
“He’s basically running as the anti-Hillary,” Stewart proclaimed. “She’s an establishment centrist, he’s an unapologetic leftist. Her campaign is managed to a T, he forgot his comb.”
Much of the segment seemed to teeter back and forth between Stewart mocking Sanders for having absolutely no chance at winning, to pointing out that he’s clearly the more reliable liberal of the two (a fact that I don’t think anyone denies).
But I think the overwhelming tone of the segment was:
- To take a few shots at Hillary because it’s clear Stewart is not her biggest fan.
- To point out that Sanders stands absolutely no chance at winning.
It’s like I’ve said before, if you really believe Sanders stands a chance at becoming president, you really need to rethink everything you think you know about how politics works. There’s absolutely no way a guy who’ll be 75 in 2016, who describes himself as a socialist, is going to get elected president. I’m a huge Bernie Sanders fan and I love what he’s fought for in the Senate, but I’m also a realist.
Not only that, but Sanders – like Elizabeth Warren – is best suited for the Senate.
Some liberals seem to think Sanders running will be “good for Hillary,” irrationally thinking that he’s going to somehow “bring her to the left.” Granted, that kind of rhetoric sounds good – it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The only way Sanders will bring her more to the left is by being what he’s been in the Senate – a fighter for a common sense approach to income inequality and our economy in general.
Like I’ve said numerous times before, it doesn’t matter who’s president, they’re going to be beholden to whatever Congress we give them. If that president is a Democrat, and the Congress is controlled by Republicans who simply refuse to pass anything that the president supports, then we’re simply going to see more of what we’ve seen the last few years – a whole lot of nothing getting done.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:
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