Tougher Jon Stewart jokes against Obama may just signal the collapse of the remaining vestiges of support the president usually enjoys.
Normally popular among his ferociously committed, liberal base that is represented among the late-night riffraff and their bizarre audiences (who can't even tell that hosts like Jon Stewart aren't really newscasters), Obama of late has come in for slightly more-heavy-than-normal ridicule among hosts like Jon Stewart, who mercilessly (and some would say traitorously) delighted in eroding war support for eight years under Bush by continually making fun of Iraq's progress.
To be clear, though, while the "tougher" barbs from Stewart are still much, much, much more loving than anything he and his ilk fiercely threw at Bush for several years, they just may, nevertheless, signal an upcoming sea change in Obama's support even from liberals, a final collapse of support, maybe even??
To put this in context, we're not talking a complete, hardcore movement among late-night comics to crucify Obama as they did with Bush...because they're still a bunch of extremely partisan ideologues, you see. Nay, with Obama, Stewart's jokes are hardly cutting, but the real prognosticator of things to come with regards to Obama's support from even his normally loyal base of liberals is the fact that Stewart is cracking wise at all about his Great Leader.
A very vivid, recent example of this slight, but potentially, still growing collapse of support among even Obama supporters is Stewart's mocking of Obama's recent teleprompter stupidity before a sixth-grade class. You'll all remember that Obama found the sixth-graders, apparently, sooooo intimidating that he felt he needed to give them the most professional, sure-fire, no-fail presentation...by robotically reading to small pre-teens off of a teleprompter. Apparently, even to diehard Obama defenders like Stewart, this seemed too embarrassing to let slide.