Republicans understand that America loves celebrities. Democrats need funny and famous people running for office.

by Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

Should liberals — i.e., America’s jambalaya of FDR-heads, radicals in name only, organizers with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and even normcore Democrats — try to get Jon Stewart to run for president?

An affirmative response comes from Jeff Cohen, the founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and former director of Ithaca College’s Park Center for Independent Media. Stewart rose to stardom as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, and after stepping down in 2015, he returned to TV in 2021 in “The Problem With Jon Stewart” (which Apple TV recently canceled). Cohen makes the case here, in a column, and here, in an interview with Salon.

jon stewart speaks at a podium

That same day, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that he had “repeatedly made clear to Israel’s leaders that protecting Palestinian civilians in Gaza is both a moral responsibility and strategic imperative.”

The White House is keen to let the press know that this is going on in private as well; CNN reported last week that administration officials, including President Joe Biden, are telling Israel “they do not want to see the IDF resume the kinds of air strikes from earlier in the war that led to massive casualties and widespread destruction.”

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