Perhaps the economic crisis will serve as a reminder that, for all of our politically significant differences and multiple identities, most of us share the reality of having to work for wages so that we can live.
Humorists and comedians are a curious bunch. Quixotic by nature, they want so desperately to live in a world of decency, fairness and goodness, and in Stewart's case, in a world where the media grew some cajones.
Yes, Stewart clearly eviscerated Cramer the other night. Maybe that made some folks feel marginally better about things, but this sort of pistol-whipping palliative (entertaining as it may be) won't in itself turn the tide.
When we can't compete with a comic in terms of speaking truth to power, then it's more clear than ever that journalism in the US has lost its way. Traditional news organizations have nothing to lose right now.