Wasn’t Jon Stewart‘s Oscar-hosting gig in ’06 widely seen as underwhelming? Did anyone stand up and say”encore!”? Didn’t a few people write articles that expressed the opposite view? Doesn’t matter because the New York Times is reporting that producer Gil Cates (obviously acting with the assent of other Academy fuddy-duds) is bringing Stewart back to host the 2.24.08 Oscar telecast. Cates’ move is somewhat analagous to Bush accepting Gen. David Petraeus‘ Iraq War progress assessment lock, stock and barrel. This on top of Cates’ recent re-rehiring as producer is the final straw. We need a South American-styled coup d’etat.