The Goodness Project has always been one part personal quest and one part political journey. The issue of politics reared its ugly snout because of my experiences as a political reporter, a staff member on a couple of campaigns and a citizen. These days I feel like I’m being buffeted by wave after wave of political fury, and I worry about my personal future and about what’s next for our country. (After the screaming, violence?) My good friend Nancy Jane Moore and I constantly argue on this blog about the problem of finding common cause with people who seem bent on demonizing and lying about us. All of this is why I found Rachel Maddow’s conversation last night with Jon Stewart to be so fascinating.
In the interview, a subdued Stewart is fighting off the flu and talking about how there has to be something beyond the left-right dichotomy. Among other interesting takes, Stewart says he doesn’t think George W. Bush is evil, and that it’s a mistake to call him a war criminal.
By the way, I found Mediaite’s report of the interview to be simplistic, ignoring what I thought were the most interesting parts of the conversation. I say skip the story and watch the full video on Rachel Maddow’s site. Stewart makes some good points.