Adding to Michael Warren's findings from the "Million Moderate March" is Robert McCartney's column from this past weekend's Washington Post. Even McCartney, who admits he agrees with the concerns of many of the attendees, knows the event was not simply a call for sanity, reason, and moderation:
When I asked in interviews what message they hoped the demonstration would send, participants typically said initially that they wanted less anger and more thoughtfulness in public debate and media coverage of what ails the nation.
But it only took a couple of follow-up questions to reveal that fans of Stewart and his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert think that more calm debate and rationality would inevitably lead to adoption of pretty much the entire campaign platform of the national Democratic Party.
Government regulation of big corporations? We need more. Health-care reform? President Obama settled for too little. Global warming? Of course it's happening, and it should be stopped right away
McCartney points out this contradiction of the liberal mentality: "[Jon Stewart] says he just wants everybody to be reasonable. But his fans, at least, also want one side to win. And winning in politics usually involves being self-righteous and pushy—traits that don't encourage a civil response from the other side." He points to some of the left-leaning posters: "Only amnesiacs vote Republican," "A little socialism is good for your health" (with a Canadian flag), "We have nothing to fear but Fox itself," "America, it's worth it: Stop whining and pay your taxes."
And similar to Stewart's interview with President Obama, the complaints from these reasonable rallygoers, notes McCartney, were that the president and the Democrats did not go far enough and were not aggressive enough to push through their moderate agenda. Which makes you wonder what they'll do after tomorrow.