With Comedy Central’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” and the “March to Keep Fear Alive” scheduled the weekend before the midterm elections, politically minded college students face a choice: Do I want to spend a day with television comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for a party on the National Mall, or sit in a windowless room for hours making cold calls to strangers for a political campaign?
For some members of Democratic college clubs around Washington, the decision is not an easy one.
Really, the more I think about it the more perfect this gets. Stewart and Colbert couldn’t have messed up the Democratic party more with the timing on these things if they were actually trying. It’s being touted by various groups of College Democrats as an enthusiasm-boosting mechanism for… College Democrats, who typically are generally expected to be enthusiastic anyway, given that they went to the trouble of joining groups like the College Democrats. And while enthusiasm is very nice, if you have to take off the weekend before an election to get pumped up to vote in that election – not to mention getting other people to vote in that election – well, there’s a problem there.
PS: And the College Republicans’ plans? Well…
“We’ll be out in the field,” national director [of the College Republican National Committee] Rob Lockwood said. “The long term effects of electing responsible leaders supersedes any enjoyment we can get from attending the rally.”
That’s what we like to hear.