I was at the Rally to Restore Sanity; though I was too far back in the crowd to hear the performances, the energy was intoxicating. It wasn’t the reverent jubilance of the inauguration, or the sneering self-pride of the Tea Party rally. It was a comfortable convergence of complex and quirky messages. I tweeted some of them.
This rally was one of the few times I have been happy for the people around me to assume I agreed with them. I loved being in the Middle East because I could not be assumed to agree, and so had a license to make my own self. But at this rally, I felt a part of a clean mob, a rooted assembly interested in a calmer way of being political.
It was also a truly nerdy place–from the xkcd sign to the stormtrooper to the Tolkein sign on truthiness.
“All I know is what I read in the papers.”–Will Rogers