Jon Stewart: Why Not Try a 'Campaign-Based' Economy?

The Daily Show host realizes he misses "campaign Obama"

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On Monday night, Jon Stewart got his chance to weigh in on Obama's job's plan. And, like many others, he was impressed at the "pass this bill" campaign-style enthusiasm that the president brought to his pitch. Which led The Daily Show host to another point entirely: he enjoys "campaign Obama" more than his boring, conventional governing counterpart. So, only appearing to be half joking, he remarks: "Let us as a nation give up the pipe dream once and for all that an inspirational leader can challenge the status quo, remake Washington, and govern successfully. It's not gonna happen."  Stewart's new proposal? "We're No. 1 in aspiring political leaders telling us how great we are. Let's use that and convert America into a campaign-based economy."

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