The absence of his voice satirizing and scathingly critiquing media and politics with his brilliant brand of humor is an incalculable loss to me. Stewart and Colbert were a necessary check and balance system on the madness of our governance and the clowns who report on it, but now they are both giving up the fake news game and I really feel kind of lost. They were voices of sanity, not only providing a clear antidote to the avalanche of bullshit spilling out of Washington and newsrooms every day, but acting as a pressure release valve by allowing you to howl with laughter now matter how fucked up things actually were.
The Daily Show will continue and I imagine they will fight hard to keep Stewart's legacy intact. Jon is going to be hard to replace though. Like Colbert, Stewart is razor sharp just off the cuff. I never fail to be amazed just how smart and insightful he is about political issues. The Daily Show can't just have a host who is funny. They have to be able to debate the people who appear as guests on the show in a skillful, intelligent matter and that is another thing entirely. Stewart was the perfect animal for what he and his writers turned that show into and I am going to miss him acutely.