The genius of Jon Stewart, the mock news anchor, and Stephen Colbert, the pitch-perfect mock bloviator, is their ability to expose hypocrisy while getting laughs. In a wild election year, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, a spin-off created by Stewart's Busboy Productions, offered up the most memorable and trenchant campaign coverage. The payoff: around $120 million in ad revenue, not to mention the books and other paraphernalia that Stewart and Colbert fronted.
“We change when it hurts too much not to change.” That statement is attributed to Harvard professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the author of many books on change and its effect on organizations. This sentiment certainly applied to both Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney in the wake of their resounding setbacks in the Iowa caucuses; both were trumped by avowed candidates of change, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee respectively. The next day both Clinton and Romney were framing their campaigns as ones of change; neither seemed convincing because both candidates are clearly establishment candidates.