100,000 people want N.J.’s Jon Stewart to run a presidential debate
Well, that's ... more.
Two days ago, when New Jersey 101.5 told you about Clifton resident Mariel Waters' Change.org petition to have Lawrenceville native Jon Stewart moderate a presidential debate, just about 1,500 people had signed on. And Waters was pretty stoked about the progress to that point.
As of 8:30 Thursday, more than 110,000 people were on board (and that number is growing fast — that's about 10,000 more than an hour earlier).
Clearly, something is happening. Maybe it's all the activity around the #WeWantJon Twitter hashtag — seen by more than 700,000 people so far, according to Twitter-tracking tools.
Of course, they were all well behind New Jersey 101.5, which interviewed Waters for a story on Tuesday.
At the time, we asked about the possibility of this thing blowing up. ...
NJ 101.5: So how big do you think this might get? Because 1,500 (petitioners)is nice, but not enough to grab the New York Times’ or debate commission’s attention. Optimistic it’ll go viral?
Waters: I have to be! When I read the comments on the petition and see that people from around the country are excited about this idea, it gives me hope. I believe in Mr. Stewart’s ability to deliver an quality debate and that is the strength of this petition and it’s potential to go viral.
The idea got a mixed reaction from our Facebook followers at Facebook.com/NJ1015.
"No way!" Keith Windiddy wrote, garnering 31 likes. "He is very pro Democratic party. His (questions) will be biased."
Benjamin Mankowski Sr. had a fun idea: "Let him moderate a Republican debate, and let Ted Nugent moderate a Democrat debate."
And James G Duffy Jr. was just a tad cynical:
"A clown and a court jester moderating a presidential debate. That's a good one. But nothing new there, considering who moderated the last one."
But the thing keeps growing and growing. Even Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley is on board: