Because, that was the message. The teapartiers are reacting to alarming stuff: the insane spending, the bottomless deficit, weird appointments, political arrogance -it’s real anxiety over real trouble for future offspring.

Stewart’s rally says, “Ignore that. Check out Cat Stevens!” With a load of flashy entertainment and outsized personalities – they are the band playing on the TItanic – enjoying the applause as we see the shadow of the iceberg.