Just popped on to pop up about the Rally, and I read Mudge's dyspeptic missive below. Mudge (short for "curmudgeon" for those who don't know) was clearly not a fan of the Jon Stewart Rally, but I'm a little more accepting of what I saw.
First though, let's get the obvious out of the way. It was a SEA of WHITE FACES. Is there anything wrong with that? No. Not at all. But it has to be said.
Second, I was switching between the rally and the UVA/Miami game, so I may have missed parts that Mudge found objectionable. I however, found nothing objectionable about what I saw, and I did find much of it to my liking.
Third, there really are two Jon Stewarts. There's the reliably left of center guy who makes no bones about his ideology and politics. It comes through loud and clear on his show, but it isn't over the top, and it isn't original by a long shot. The second is the Jon Stewart I prefer, the one who can effectively skewer the inconsistency and/or pomposity of any side of any argument. I saw more of the latter than the former today.
What IS unbalanced and a bit problematic about what I saw (and the Stewart/Colbert pairing in general) is the fact that Stewart--reliably left of center and NOT ACTING--is presented as the reasonable, the intellectual, the Just Plain Right Guy. Colbert on the other hand--is the parody, the clown, and the guy most often putting forth the Conservative view (albeit some weird, Colber-ized version of it). Message? Left right, right stupid.