White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today was asked about Jon Stewart's advocacy of the 9/11 first responders legislation, which has been blocked by congressional Republicans.

Gibbs said, "I think if there’s the ability for that to sort of break through in our political environment, I think there’s a good chance that he can help do that.  I think he has put the awareness around this legislation — he’s put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that's good.      I hope he can convince two Republicans to support taking care of those that took care of so many on that awful day in our history.  It seems at the end of a long year, around the holiday season, a pretty awful thing to play politics about.  But that's a decision that 42 Republican senators are going to have to make."

As I wrote about earlier, Stewart has taken a step further from satire into serious support for a pending cause.

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