10/15/2010 03:51 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rally To Restore Sanity's Roots: 'Is That How You Talk To Your Grandchildren?'

For the next couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity/March To Keep Fear Alive by highlighting the ways "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" have long advocated reasonableness. You're invited to take part! Remember a "moment of sanity" that was dear to you? Send me an email and tell me about it!


Our own Elyse Siegel is constantly amazed at how our hallowed halls of Congress so often become an arena for some of the most silly and juvenile politicking and has helped me, on two occasions to compile some of the most gravitas-defeating moments that Congress has hosted. This is the sort of insanity that pops up in the discourse when your public servants decide they'd rather play to the cameras then have an adult conversation.

A particular favorite is Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and his kindergarten-level criticism of health care reform. On August 4, 2009, Jon Stewart lampooned Grassley's antics as something that befitted "C-SPAN Jr." Grassley's nonsensical twisting of various childhood fables caused Stewart to respond, "Is that how you talk to your grandchildren?" No, that's how Grassley talks to his fellow senators, who I had imagined were grown-ups but, really, who can tell?


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