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'Rally to Restore Sanity' to meet 'March to Keep Fear Alive;' Reddit users talk about starting the online campaign

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(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Updated: Saturday, 11 a.m.

The Post's Lisa de Moraes has more on the rally over in her TV column. "We actually anticipate upwards of 400 million people will attend," said a somewhat optimistic source at Comedy Central. Read more here.

Updated: Friday, 12:15 p.m.

Joseph Laughlin, a.k.a. MrSamMercer on Reddit, just called from Pittsburgh to talk about the online campaign to get Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to march on Washington.

"We've all been basking for the past 12 hours or so," Laughlin said. He and thousands of other members of the online message board spearheaded a drive to get the two comedians to Washington. Last night, Colbert and Stewart announced they would march on October 30.

Laughlin, 28, made one of the first posts on Reddit saying he wished Colbert would march on the National Mall in response to Glenn Beck's August 28 "Restoring Honor" rally.

"I'm just a regular Redditor," Laughlin said. "I'm on there all the time. I made that post and I checked that night and it was the number one post on Reddit."

He thinks the conservative conversation is driven by a "genuine fear" and that spurs the activism. Supporters of President Obama took a "wait and see attitude" after Obama was elected, Laughlin said, but they need to realize the tide is turning against him and they need to be active again.

"There is all the Glenn Beck madness out there; he's taking control of the conversation," Laughlin said. "We're really all not that crazy."

He and seven other Redditors started sending emails and messages across the country to keep the online momentum growing. They created websites, Facebook pages, and finally on Monday, they launched a charity drive to raise money for one of Colbert's foundations.

Laughlin said he is blown away by the fact that the charity has raised $240,000 in five days. They plan to keep the drive going, even though Colbert has already announced his plans to march.

"I feel like this is probably lucky, once-in-a-lifetime stuff."

Laughlin will be in D.C. on October 30. "My hotel was booked about thirty minutes after the announcement."

Friday, 6:15 a.m.
The Mall has seen many a storied march in its time. The women's suffrage march. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a Dream" speech.

But two new marches like none before may descend on the Mall this October 30, and it's partly thanks to an online campaign started on Reddit.com.

On Aug. 30, commentators on the online message board started suggesting Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert should host rallies as a satirical answer to Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on Aug. 28.

"John Stewart, please hold an event at the Lincoln Memorial. We'll show up and show Glen Beck what half a million people looks like," wrote Mvelez999.

"I've had a vision and I can't shake it: Colbert needs to hold a satirical rally in DC," MrSamMercer posted a day later.

The campaign quickly spread online on Facebook and Twitter. Users started to raise money for DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit that helps deliver supplies to schools around the country. At last count, $239,075 was raised on Colbert's behalf.

What started off as a joke quickly became a real possibility. "A lot people are very serious about this, and are praying desperately for an outlet for their frustration and unhappiness with the current state of America," Vinhboy wrote. "Crazy as it sounds, this "rally" gives a lot of people hope. Besides, if anything this would be an epic win for Reddit."

On Wednesday Colbert responded to the online campaign with a letter to Reddit users. "You have inspired me by helping untold thousands of students; with the momentum you've created, we could stage a hundred rallies," Colbert wrote. "I might just call on you."

Two nights later, Stewart and Colbert announced on their shows that they will march on the Mall.

Stewart named his march the "Rally to Restore Sanity" and called for everybody to come to Washington to show the 15 percent of America that drives the conversation that the rest of the country can get along. "A Million Moderate March ... a clarion call for rationality," Stewart called it.

Colbert, who often takes the role of bombastic conservative host to Stewart's exasperated liberal, announced that he will sponsor a "March to Keep Fear Alive."

Stewart said the date of the show has no significance -- a reference to Glenn Beck's rally falling on the anniversary of King's speech.

If Stewart and Colbert need help organizing their rally, The Post's Federal Eye came up with a good primer on how to do so. First rule: you need a budget of at least $50.

Will you come to the rally? Vote here.

Watch the Colbert and Stewart's announcements here.

Planning to attend the Colbert/Stewart rally? http://wapo.st/9nrJsf // Might as well tweetmeet each other. Use #restoresanity and say hello.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

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I love the idea of both of these, and I hope they succeed. But as a practical matter, I wonder if they will attract the numbers they want. I'm not sure if irony and an appeal to reason is as big of a draw as fear and demagoguery.

Unless, of course, Colbert and Stewart serve cookies.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 17, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I think it's a great idea- will the 2 groups have a kumbaya moment? I am afraid it will be hard to drag the out-of-towners away from their Halloween parties to come down/up for this event though. I will be interesting to see how motivated tv viewers are to become participants in this kind of event.

Posted by: DCADenizen | September 17, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I love the idea of both of these, and I hope they succeed. But as a practical matter, I wonder if they will attract the numbers they want. I'm not sure if irony and an appeal to reason is as big of a draw as fear and demagoguery.

Unless, of course, Colbert and Stewart serve cookies.

Posted by: RD_Padouk

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Great comment!

Posted by: TheChampishere | September 17, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I hope it rains. Both comedians suck.

Posted by: JBfromFL | September 17, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Just what this country needs, two more comedians getting involved in politics. You have to wonder what that other comedian, sarah pailen, will support in this endeavor.

Posted by: bel1086 | September 17, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

"Often takes the roll..." ~ This is an interesting post, but the spelling leaves something to be desired. Edit your work, WaPo!

Posted by: Rockville42 | September 17, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Rockville42 Sigh. Can I claim early morning pre-coffee fatigue? Thank you!

RD, cookies are a must. I think we ought to submit the idea to the producers.

Posted by: Melissa Bell | September 17, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse


These guys aren't as funny or important as they seem to think they are.


Posted by: AG11 | September 17, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Stewart lost his sense of humor the moment he thought he was educated enough to discuss politics. Two nights ago Tony Blair couldn't get a word in edgewise because Jon had to keep "and here's my point" interrupting. The skits lost their appeal in an attempt to be edgy and clever.

Take Colbert with a cold beer but like ibuprofen see your doctor if the pain persists.

Posted by: KraftPaper | September 17, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I think the cookies should be a "loaves and fishes" endeavor. Everyone who is going to the rallies, please bring a bag/box/batch of cookies to share.

Posted by: Lamentations | September 17, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

My sign will read:

Social anarchist, fiscal conservative, and desperately in need of a viable third party.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | September 17, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Americans will march to the polls in November to restore sanity from the the outrageous spending and unprecedented Big Government bondage from the Obamiation of America. THAT'S WHAT COUNTS...


The Republicans best friends?

Yes, 4 years of Democrat control of congress with a super majority and the Incompetent One for 2 years, has earned them the ALL TIME WORST APPROVAL RATING IN HISTORY, 11%, THAT'S RIGHT AN ABYSMAL 11%!

Thank you Democrats! Take a bow, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Geithner, Rahm, Rangel, Waters, Jefferson and a cast of hundreds...

Bye Bye Democrats..


And thanks Beck for doing shining the light on the Crap in Washington, something the main stream media of collusion want do...

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 17, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

If the self-described "clown" Glenn Beck can draw so many people, then hopefully these comedians can draw crowds, too.

They are more intelligent and logically consistent than he is. And they don't inspire racists or xenophobes.

Posted by: brian_away | September 17, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

It's becoming very difficult to tell the clowns on TV and the clowns in office apart.

At least Colbert is funny. Stewart is not; he is more like Maddow or Olbermann, except he doesn't take himself quite as seriously sometimes.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 17, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The addition of Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann to this comic pair would have enhanced the appeal of sanity.

Posted by: vismorge | September 17, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The addition of Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann to this comic pair would have enhanced the appeal of sanity.

Posted by: vismorge | September 17, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Join in ... and ... bring cookies!!

Posted by: knjincvc | September 17, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The righties posting here are proof they both wallow in fear and anger as well as lack a sense of humor.
I think the Stewart-colbert march is brilliant.
finally! a gathering to celebrate humor and sanity rather then the crazy and rage mongers that have taken over the conversation in this country.
High time the country pulls away from the rage orgy that has taken over the past few years and really reclaim sanity.
Thank you Jon and Stephen!

Posted by: vwcat | September 17, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse


People like Beck, however weird and creepy they could be, are very useful.

They make you react before it's too late.

"KEEP FEAR ALIVE" is a wxonderful rally slogan.

Suggestion:

Make it like a big halloween. Wear extravagant masks of the loonies who think themselves American patriots.

Posted by: benkad | September 17, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I think its a great idea for moderates to voice their opinion, but I'm hoping that Stewart et al will invite some speakers with some intellectual heft. I love Stewart, Colbert (and Bill Maher for that matter), but in the end, they are comedians and this is a serious matter. I also don't think this should turn into a lefty counter demonstration, ala Michael Moore and Olberman. Surely there are some passionate, articulate moderates out there that an help bring sanity to our nation's conversation.

Posted by: allknowingguy | September 17, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives bring their children libs bring their cookies sounds about right...LOL

Posted by: independent114 | September 17, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I hope that they have Deborah Tannen as a guest speaker. Her book, The Argument Culture, nails much of what's wrong with America and the Media today.

Posted by: twstroud | September 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Why the hell wouldn't you mention the date of the two rallies in this blog post? Isn't that one of those 5 W's? I shouldn't have to click to the official websites just to find out they're on October 30.

Posted by: coryanderx | September 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

"The addition of Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann to this comic pair would have enhanced the appeal of sanity."

That is funny!

Posted by: brian_away | September 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Why the hell wouldn't you include the date of the two rallies in this news posting? (It's October 30.) Isn't that pretty basic information? One of those 5 W's?

Posted by: coryanderx | September 17, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh. I am preparing my poster: Stop the food fight! Feed the hungry instead!

Posted by: twstroud | September 17, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Check out latenightdoneright.com for full coverage of the rallies and all of your late night talk show news.

http://latenightdoneright.com/

Posted by: mattaflower | September 17, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

This rally will take the wind out of the teaparty sails and deflate Beck to the tiny wienie in a blanket he really is.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Awesome! I can't wait for this day. I hope it does not start too early. Maybe I can have the Gremlin up and running by then. This would make a great road trip. I got a bong if you got some weed. Hey mom, can I borrow 50 bucks for gas.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | September 17, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Amusing how everyone rants about liberal, conservative etc-both parties owned by same financiers-southern Dems vote w/Repubs-northern and western Repubs (like McCain until he tried to re-invent himself)vote w/the dems-as George Washington said in his farewell speech (he refused to join any political party though they all courted him-and the entire speech was about evils or "party system")"There is no right or left, they are both just puppets on the same fat rich man's hands!" sad but true prediction from a brilliant man...

Posted by: hubler1 | September 17, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

if i still lived on the east coast, i'd go.

interestingly, on the segment after the announcement, bill clinton briefly outlined a viable plan for economic recovery that actually makes sense and has a good chance of working, if adopted. he also explained, in very simple terms, the benefits and necessity for the recent health care act.

everyone interested in stewart's call for sanity, should watch both parts of his clinton interview.

Posted by: boblesch | September 17, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

vwcat - Thanks for unintentially proving Stewart's point with your "The righties posting here are proof they both wallow in fear and anger as well as lack a sense of humor."

Posted by: crsh78 | September 17, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Great, just what D.C. needs: two more snide, self-important twits who think they're hilarious. Wonderful.

Posted by: birvin9999 | September 17, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

And have others..... such as John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi say a few words, 5 minutes each?

Posted by: JanAtTheWeb | September 17, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"to show the 15 percent of America that drives the conversation..."
The great Silent Majority! It's 1971!

Posted by: kls1 | September 17, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Keepin' it real. . . .dumb.

Posted by: IIntgrty | September 17, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Glen Beck promised to eat Colbert's shorts if this event draws a bigger crowd than his "restoring honor" baloney festival. We all have ralley.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse


Was a date for the march announced? Maybe this was an announcement of a forthcoming announcement.

Posted by: edbyronadams | September 17, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So now we have the extreme left-wingers on Hollywood coming to the resue of the hero's, the Democrats.....

Colber, Stewart, Maher........... "hate generators" cloaked as comedy, how sad.

One thing is for sure the Democrat Party has a lot of propaganda outlets......to prop them up....

Posted by: allenridge | September 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

These guys aren't as funny or important as they seem to think they are.


osted by: AG11 | September 17, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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Au Contraire' AG11, they are way more important than they think they are. This event is going to derail the teaparty movement by exposing it for the faldoral puffery it really is.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Coffee Party could sponsor it. That will make 12 people coming to the event.

Posted by: grunk | September 17, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

In 2012:
Jon Stewart for President!
Stephen Colbert for Vice President!
Running on the Comedic Party platform.

Then all the clowns in Congress should be made to wear clown costumes to show who they really are instead of the costumes they wear now.

Posted by: foofoofoo | September 17, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Great, just what D.C. needs: two more snide, self-important twits who think they're hilarious. Wonderful.

Posted by: birvin9999 | September 17, 2010 10:20 AM | R
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Yep..........acutually they just push HATE.......cloaked as comedy........ they should team up with fellow left-winger Keith Adolf Olberman.........another scary left-winger...........sad.

Posted by: allenridge | September 17, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

So now we have the extreme left-wingers on Hollywood coming to the resue of the hero's, the Democrats.....

Colber, Stewart, Maher........... "hate generators" cloaked as comedy, how sad.

One thing is for sure the Democrat Party has a lot of propaganda outlets......to prop them up....

Posted by: allenridge | September 17, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the tea party crowd is already getting scared about this event. Maybe they are smarter than I thought -- at least they can read the writing on the wall.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to join this rally because it'll be wonderful to be with a huge number of truly Patriotic and Democratic Americans as opposed to the ignorant and racist clowns who gathered for the palin/beck klan rally recently. I believe a real movement is beginning here that will bring REAL change!

Posted by: WITCHBAND | September 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I can't make it, but where can I send cookies to share?
-chocolate chip
-soft ginger-molasses
-oatmeal raisin/oatmeal craisin
-orange
-chewy chocolate

or whatever's your favorite. As a statement of intent and support, the cookies will be nut-free.

Posted by: MsJS | September 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Coffee Party could sponsor it. That will make 12 people coming to the event.

Posted by: grunk | September 17, 2010 10:36 AM
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......lol yeah and you know these self-righteous self-serving liberal/progressive will choose Starbucks as their coffee....... another one want a $5 cup of coffee? Too bad the poor people, they say they care about, can't afford the same $5 cup of Starbucks coffee...

Is there any Starbucks on Plantation Anacosita?

Posted by: allenridge | September 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The two most rational voices I American politics today are professional comedians.

What does that say about America?

More important: What does it say about the dominance political parties?

As victims of the economic policies of the two dominance parties my wife and I can't afford to go to the rallies. We are considering it anyway. This is a march for reality. Something the Democrats and Republicans have no concept of.

No just us, no preach! No just us, no preach! No just us, no preach!

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I would love for this to go forward - I read a non-partisan (I repeat, non-partisan) study a couple of years ago that stated that the most informed people in America were The Daily Show viewers, the least were (guess what?) - Fox News viewers - comedians or not, these guys bring to a lot of Americans the only factual news out there - the rest of the so-called news media outlets are either too scared to report the facts or too afraid of pissing off the larger corporate cable news channels - I hope they do this, and although doubtful, I hope it does bring some sanity back to our political discourse (I said some, which is hoping for a lot)--

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | September 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm a little Tea Potty
Short on Clout.
Here is my anger.
Here is my pout.
When I get all steamed up
Bile comes out.
Disagree with me
and hear me shout.

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse


Both of these knuckleheads are snarky, infantile brats.

It is insane that anyone thinks that they are funny.

They are about as sleazy and humorous as Al Franken pretending to be a senator.

Posted by: Jerzy | September 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't say much for the mainstream media that these guys speak the truth in away that Howard Kurtz, David Broder, et al. can't. And they are a rallying point in away that mainstream politicans aren't. I'd be there in a heartbeat. Significantly, this would be a real grassroots effort rather than the usual astroturf stuff done by the right wing.

Posted by: thebuckguy | September 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I would love for this to go forward - I read a non-partisan (I repeat, non-partisan) study a couple of years ago that stated that the most informed people in America were The Daily Show viewers, the least were (guess what?) - Fox News viewers - comedians or not, these guys bring to a lot of Americans the only factual news out there - the rest of the so-called news media outlets are either too scared to report the facts or too afraid of pissing off the larger corporate cable news channels - I hope they do this, and although doubtful, I hope it does bring some sanity back to our political discourse (I said some, which is hoping for a lot)--

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | September
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.........lol .....well the election of our Great Divider-in-Chief proves you wrong now, doesn't it?

Posted by: allenridge | September 17, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

An appeal to evidence, reason and comprehension requires an educated populace. Our educational system has failed so badly that, for the most part, the average person has the views held during the dark ages. There is little evidence that they have any understanding of complex issues for which there are scientific or technical bases. The same applies to most members of congress and state and local governments.

Posted by: billaldridge | September 17, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely want more comedians in politics. I just don't see DeMint and Coburn and Limberger and Eck having a real belly laugh unless it is at someone else's expense.

Posted by: citizen625 | September 17, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

TO allenridge September 17, 2010 10:40 AM:

While you don't cloak your hate in anything. Its naked and unadorned.

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Guess I'll walk down and bring thermoses of hot tea to go with the cookies - then we can show the country what a real tea party looks like ;-)

Posted by: BootmanDC | September 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Both of these knuckleheads are snarky, infantile brats.

It is insane that anyone thinks that they are funny.

They are about as sleazy and humorous as Al Franken pretending to be a senator.

Posted by: Jerzy | September 17, 2010 10:43 AM
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......pure HATE cloaked as comedy....did anyone hear fellow extreme left-wing Bill Maher use the "N" word on Larry King Tuesday night? I guess not......well maybe if Bill was a Republican we would have hear by now..... censorship isn't our free left-wing press great?

Posted by: allenridge | September 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

MsJS,
Snickerdoodle.

Jerzy,
Uh, Al Franken really is a senator, not just pretending to be one. He won an election and everything. Which puts him ahead of George W. Bush during his first term.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Coffee Party could sponsor it. That will make 12 people coming to the event.

Posted by: grunk | September 17, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

llllllllllllllllllllllllll

LMAO!

Since there are millions of people who live too far away to attend (like me, here in Boise), perhaps we could have simultaneous rallies in other cities. We can help organize them!

Posted by: Blarney | September 17, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

My pleasure, yellojkt.

Anyone else have a preference?

Posted by: MsJS | September 17, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad the right wingers are acting so scared and taking this so seriously. I guess they can't take a joke -- what a bunch of puddin' heads!

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Beck and the Tea partiers have caused a disturbance in the Hollywood elite's force. They cannot stand a "grass-roots" movement not controlled by Hollywood or New York.


Posted by: SSTK34 | September 17, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

At least stewart and colbert aren't pill-popping alcoholics like Herr Beck and Herr Limbaugh.

you crusty old fat white dudes need to extricate your lacies from your cracks, before you need another bypass. Do what you guys do best: stay home, get fatter, and blame it on "the blacks."

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | September 17, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Both of these knuckleheads are snarky, infantile brats.

It is insane that anyone thinks that they are funny.

They are about as sleazy and humorous as Al Franken pretending to be a senator.

Posted by: Jerzy | September 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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Hey, Jerzy, I guarantee Al Franken could outsmart you any day. You type before you research. Shame on you. You speak from your ass.

Posted by: Blarney | September 17, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

These guys are at LEAST as relevant as Glenn Beck. They understand they are entertainers and not oracles of the masses as Mr. Beck seems to believe he is.
The biggest thing I like is that this will get righties all lathered up and send them to the emergency room where they will find their health insurance has been canceled. Too bad, bye bye, rightie.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 17, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I think the extreme right is 'misunderestimating' the ground swell that these events will portend. I booked my flight from Atlanta this morning.

Posted by: PresterJohn1 | September 17, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The wingnuts thrive on fear. It's why they hate this idea.

Posted by: nsu1203 | September 17, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The rally will attract the same type of people. Caring about your country is universal, isn't it?

Posted by: kurttj2002 | September 17, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Not only is Al Franken a real senator, he's a really effective one-even as a freshman. Having said that, he is not Minnesota's funniest senator. Amy Klobuchar takes that honor. Plus, Amy serves great cookies at her breakfasts for constituents in DC.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Man, some of these comments prove the point that Stewart and Colbert are making with this march: Civility is gone from American political discourse. On the one hand, you have posters saying, "The righties posting here are proof they both wallow in fear and anger as well as lack a sense of humor." On the other, posts that start with, "Americans will march to the polls in November to restore sanity from the the outrageous spending and unprecedented Big Government bondage from the Obamiation of America."

I have no idea how this march will turn out, but I hope that the message gets through -- Everyone needs to get a grip. The president is not a muslim-nazi-socialist, and Republicans do not eat babies. GET A GRIP PEOPLE!!!

Posted by: DM_Inf | September 17, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Even funnier that most Republicans think Colbert is a true conservative, they don't understand his satire

Posted by: amused2 | September 17, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Ditto - snickerdoodles!

Posted by: Blarney | September 17, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Some of the comments here are pretty funny. Maybe you should actually watch the Daily Show, he makes a lot of good points and a lot of sense. Colbert is pure satire, but he too can make some good points. If they actually go through with the rally, I might just go.

Posted by: futbolclif | September 17, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Or people could go to an actual political rally to counter the Tea Party, demand jobs, and reaffirm religious freedoms on Oct 2nd.

http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/content/main

Posted by: manifested | September 17, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Since there are millions of people who live too far away to attend (like me, here in Boise), perhaps we could have simultaneous rallies in other cities. We can help organize them!

Posted by: Blarney | September 17, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Blarney has a great idea -- there would certianly enough people to fill sizeable rallies all across the country.


Even so, it sounds like lots of people decending on dc. (I live in dc woke up this morning to find emails indicating that over 30 friend/family are hoping stay at my little house in Silver Spring.) Early projections indicate that attendance is expected to be double that of the Beck rally.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

In 2000 Stewart and Huffington organized the Shadow Conventions in Philadelphia and LA. Each packed to overflowing large auditoriums for three days.

I suspect this event will be as effective or maybe much more effective at drawing an enthusiastic crowd of like minded Americans.

No just us, No preach!

No just us, No preach!

No just us, No preach!

No just us, No preach!

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is emperor who has not clothes, just minion followers...

Posted by: beenthere3 | September 17, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

WONDERFUL! A rally for the truly patriotic Americans. I feel hopeful for our countrys future for the first time in years!

Posted by: WITCHBAND | September 17, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

WONDERFUL! A rally for the truly patriotic Americans. I feel hopeful for our countrys future for the first time in years!

Posted by: WITCHBAND | September 17, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I think it's HILARIOUS that so many on this message trash Stewart and Colbert for having a rally that celebrates moderation.

It proves that most people who join message boards really do represent the lunatic fringe, with their ears and eyes tightly shut against any ideas that don't conform to their presumptions.

Makes me realize I'm wasting time here. All of us are. Adieu.

Posted by: Buddydog | September 17, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

at least we can be sure the religious fanatics won't be there

Posted by: eezmamata | September 17, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Just bought air fare for my friend to fly in that weekend. Southwest has an awesome deal flying out of Providence. $39 each way. Cannot beat that ...

Posted by: sloppyawn | September 17, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Man, some of these comments prove the point that Stewart and Colbert are making with this march: Civility is gone from American political discourse.
Posted by: DM_Inf

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And you don't think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert bear a lot of responsibility for that?

They have long since stopped being comedians. Both are mean-spirited hacks, whose idea of civility is "well, just do what liberals and Obama want and then we can all get along. And if you don't, we will relentlessly mock and deride you."

Sorry, when it comes to those two idiots, the message isn't "can't we all get along," it's "Physician, heal thyself."

Posted by: etpietro | September 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Which one of these America hating buffoons gets to play poverty pimp Al Sharpton?

Posted by: carlbatey | September 17, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

My sign wil be:

"DEATH TO THE EXTREMISTS"

The beauty of it is, it will work at BOTH rallies!

Posted by: trenda | September 17, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

anybody who accuses someone of being an America-hater is hiding something. Probably just like all the christian homos who hate gays.

Posted by: eezmamata | September 17, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

IIntgrty:Keepin' it real. . . .dumb.
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Keeping it dumb. The motto of todays fuax conservative.

Thinking makes you elitist!
Empathy makes you a socialist!
Facts make you bias!

Posted by: rapchat1 | September 17, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Whoever has the smokeshop concession is going to make a killing.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | September 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Jerzy posts:

Both of these knuckleheads are snarky, infantile brats.

It is insane that anyone thinks that they are funny.

They are about as sleazy and humorous as Al Franken pretending to be a senator.
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I am guessing you didn't actually watch the short segments. The posters that Jon Stewart displayed were neither snarky nor infantile, but actually measured and reasoned; and (as was, no doubt, their design) could have been held up by anyone regardless of political bent.

Because of the political leaning of Mr. Stewart's show, I doubt that many conservatives would show up. It would, frankly, work out better if many do - because that's the very point of this non-rally; that America isn't full of Nazis, Commies, or whatever hate-bearing epithet that one wishes to use to vilify and demean one's opponent. There were a large number of fear mongers from both sides of the political spectrum being speared by this segment.

At the risk of running off-track though, politicians from both parties have commented favorably on Mr. Frankin's abilities as a senator.

Posted by: iamweaver | September 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

aahpat wrote:
The two most rational voices I American politics today are professional comedians.

Nothin' new. Remember Will Rogers?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

TO carlbatey | September 17, 2010 11:14 AM:

You have such a withering hate. Your aggressive fear of reason and sanity says more about you than those you denounce.

No just us, No preach!

No just us, No preach!

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

jblast2000 i'm not smart enough to figure out why not being a millionaire or named exxon mobil I should support repiggers, but can you define "outrageous spending" and "unprecedented big government" please? I think you probably mean the last regime, where the chimp was the freest spending rethuglicon in history, and the only "president" to tax not one, but numerous tax cuts in time of (unncessary) war. Refresh my memory, didn't the chimp inherit the largest surplus in history from a real president, Mr. Clinton? And could you please tell me how long it took him to turn it into a record deficit? Yes, please take us back to the bushie days, so all of you retards who voted for him last time, and then had voters regret later can repeat your stupidity? middle class people who vote repuglicon are the biggest, most massive horde of mindless sheep ever to exist. as to big government, wasn't it the bushies who were kicking in the doors of terminally ill cancer patients because they wanted to "save" them from ruining their "future" smoking that devils dust you call mary-ju-wana? And wasn't it herrs bush and cheney that had people arrested, shackled, dragged in chains and charged with crimes for daring to espouse a view that contradicted their own? That's the way I rememeber it, but just checking.

Posted by: red2million | September 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Talk about an October surprise.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"I can't wait to see the video of both Stewart and Colbert doing a "parody" of Glen Beck's rally on the Washington Mall."

Posted by: lanlysh55 | September 17, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

If you haven't watched their shows on Comedy Central by now it's because you either you have no sense of humor or need a life or more likely both.

Those lifeless posters saying they're not funny take note - please take the faded McCain/Palin sticker stuck on top of their cracking Bush/Cheney bumper sticker off now - it's time.

And finally anyone know where I can get a Stewart/Colbert 2016 sticker? Desperately need one before 10/30!

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | September 17, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

TO Nosy_Parker | September 17, 2010 11:21 AM:

I stand, happily, corrected.

So, is it that our comedians have perspective on politics?

Or is it that our politicians' perspective is one big joke?

No just us, No preach!

No just us, No preach!

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Man, some of these comments prove the point that Stewart and Colbert are making with this march: Civility is gone from American political discourse.
Posted by: DM_Inf
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And you don't think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert bear a lot of responsibility for that?
They have long since stopped being comedians. Both are mean-spirited hacks, whose idea of civility is "well, just do what liberals and Obama want and then we can all get along. And if you don't, we will relentlessly mock and deride you."
Sorry, when it comes to those two idiots, the message isn't "can't we all get along," it's "Physician, heal thyself."
Posted by: etpietro
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No, I don't agree. Making fun of entertainers like Beck and Palin for lying and distorting the truth while crying fake tears is not mean spirited - its fair game. Calling the president of the United States a racist, Marxist, foreigner who is plotting to destroy the country is hate and fear mongering. Do you see the difference?

One group openly admits they are comics and entertainers, the other pretends they are journalists and that somehow they are doing gods work by undermining the country.

Posted by: rapchat1 | September 17, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

TO rapchat1 | September 17, 2010 11:18 AM:

"Thinking makes you elitist!
Empathy makes you a socialist!
Facts make you bias!!"

Art.

No just us, no preach!

No just us, no preach!

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

And you don't think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert bear a lot of responsibility for that?

They have long since stopped being comedians. Both are mean-spirited hacks, whose idea of civility is "well, just do what liberals and Obama want and then we can all get along. And if you don't, we will relentlessly mock and deride you."

Sorry, when it comes to those two idiots, the message isn't "can't we all get along," it's "Physician, heal thyself."

Posted by: etpietro | September 17, 2010 11:13 AM

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When you say stuff like that, it just proves that you obviously do not watch either of them. Jon Stewart regularly pokes at democrats and Obama. I agree with most of what Stewart and Colbert point out. While there are good and bad pols within both parties, as a whole, they stink.

I also think that if running for office were more affordable, we'd get plenty of regular folks who could do good works.

Posted by: Blarney | September 17, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Because of the political leaning of Mr. Stewart's show, I doubt that many conservatives would show up. It would, frankly, work out better if many do - because that's the very point of this non-rally; that America isn't full of Nazis, Commies, or whatever hate-bearing epithet that one wishes to use to vilify and demean one's opponent. There were a large number of fear mongers from both sides of the political spectrum being speared by this segment.
Posted by: iamweaver | September 17, 2010 11:21 AM
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Your effort to get folks to tone down the rhetoric would have more validity if you hadn't omitted the most overused epithet of all - "racist". Why?

Posted by: tulsa_dave | September 17, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"it'll be wonderful to be with a huge number of truly Patriotic and Democratic Americans as opposed to the ignorant and racist clowns who gathered for the palin/beck klan rally recently."

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I think you're missing the point. This is not a partisan political rally--this is a rally for less extreme rhetoric: "tone it down a notch".

My favorite sign from those suggested by Stewart: "I may disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler."

Those who actually watched the show know that Stewart aimed his criticism at conservatives and liberals who use over-heated rhetoric to score political points and, in the process, damage the country.

Posted by: writinron | September 17, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

You know things have gotten really weird when two comedians can legitimately present themselves as the voices of sanity. Nut jobs who imagine evil conspiracies everywhere used to be a joke, now they're a majority thanks to the Republican Party and Fox News. Maybe it's time to stop laughing at them and try to stop them.

Posted by: DaveHarris | September 17, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

If I come and they show a picture of Newt Gingrich on the jumbotron, can I toss my cookies?

Posted by: baldinho | September 17, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I guess they were forced to resort to comedy -- I have a feeling the turnout would have really sucked otherwise.

Maybe Jon Stewart should follow Al Franken's lead and run for office, as he takes himself way too seriously, and isn't very funny to begin with.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 17, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Both of these knuckleheads are snarky, infantile brats.

It is insane that anyone thinks that they are funny.

They are about as sleazy and humorous as Al Franken pretending to be a senator.

Posted by: Jerzy | September 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse
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You're right; they're not as funny as Glenn Beck, crying. Oh wait, that was supposed to be serious? Never mind

Posted by: sickofit66 | September 17, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm going! I'll be bringing my kids and my cookies, and maybe a sign proclaiming a stirring call to action, like "Give Thoughts a Chance!" or "Brains are not for Eating".

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 17, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I would attend AND bring cookies!

Posted by: yeswecan3 | September 17, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes!!! Bring cookies!!! But remember:

NO NUTS!!!!

In keeping with the spirit of this thing, ALL COOKIES MUST BE NUT-FREE!!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Whoever has the smokeshop concession is going to make a killing.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | September 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse
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Hence the cookies

Posted by: sickofit66 | September 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

This should be really fun to watch. The Glenn Beck comparisons alone are going to be well worth the time spent to enjoy the spectacle of this event.

Good luck fellas. I cannot wait to see how you did.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | September 17, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't this rally be a great venue for John Stewart and John McCain to reconcile their differences! That would really be in keeping with the theme of the rally.

Ah, but McCain is in campaign mode and probably couldn't risk being seen as a moderate. Sad, because it really would have been a nice touch.

Posted by: writinron | September 17, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

N.B. Nutter-Butters are okay.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Great, just what D.C. needs: two more snide, self-important twits who think they're hilarious. Wonderful.

Posted by: birvin9999 |

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No kidding, and one of them isn't even a real person.

Posted by: bbface21 | September 17, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Which one?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

My God Its a Happening!
Not since the days of the Yippies have I heard of any event so brilliantly nutbrained as this. Hopefully, they will get as much support from the current major progressive Rock bands such as Cold Play, as we did from the Rock bands of an earlier era. That would really increase attendance and highlight the importance of this non-event. Peace!

Birddog

Posted by: oregonbirddog | September 17, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I am amused and amazed by all the stuffy people who sneer at the notion of political comedians who have something important to say about politics:

(a) who do you think is paying more attention to what is really going on, than people who make hay from it?

(b) who do you think is more likely to skewer inconsistency and hypocrisy?

(c) you have sort of automatically disqualified yourselves from being taken seriously on the actual substance of politics and government, because it is clear that you have not retained anything meaningful from your education. If you had been paying attention, you would have noticed that the tradition of comic figures who speak truth to power has roots that go back to the beginning of recorded literature. Comedians have freedom to speak harsh truths in jest, because the only justification for a reprisal against the jester is an admission that the joke is true.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

While Colbert and Stewart are somewhat funny, my question is this - Just what is so damn funny about the state of America at this time? If they want to do something meaningful, then I'd support this.

Regardless if you are "Fox" or "Main Stream Media" driven, regardless if you are left or right, regardless if you are Dem or Rep....this will DO NOTHING to help the country and may do more harm by driving the wedge deeper. We are supposed to be American's and work hard together, but sadly we've forgotten how to do that. Instead we let the ultra-serious and the ultra-not-so-serious lead us (astray?)

Beck (and I'm not supporting him, just sayin') at least had a serious, albeit non-political rally. Regardless of the topic, I believe his motivation was "America First" (for lack of a better description. It wasn't fear mongering in the least.

Posted by: uncasquig | September 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if it wouldn't be just a little too "meta" to have a poster of Hitler with Hitler's mustache painted on it.

Too subtle?

And somebody REALLY needs to invite the entire Kenyan embassy. And any anti-colinials who are willing to step forward.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

DaveHarris was right: "You know things have gotten really weird when two comedians can legitimately present themselves as the voices of sanity. Nut jobs who imagine evil conspiracies everywhere used to be a joke, now they're a majority thanks to the Republican Party and Fox News. Maybe it's time to stop laughing at them and try to stop them."
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Absolutely. These whiners are exactly the ones who put us where we are today, in the World's Biggest Bad Debt, with reputations as killers and torturers, with a wasted and ruined Armed Forces, a depleted and exhausted economy weak from looting, corruption in high governmental agencies, and two unending, bleeding, festering, Bush Wars.

Now, they are screaming because they don't want to PAY FOR THEIR SCAMS, THEIR WARS.
These are YOUR disasters, conservatives, YOUR scams and swindles, YOUR wars and War Crimes.

How are you going to PAY FOR THEM?

Posted by: gkam | September 17, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Should make for an interesting weekend in DC with the Marine Corps Marathon and 30,000+ runners scheduled to start the next day at 7am.

Posted by: kdd6d1 | September 17, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Both of these knuckleheads are snarky, infantile brats.

Posted by: Jerzy
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That's why they are on COMEDY Central. Not like a -- what is Glenn Beck this week, a televangelist? -- preaching his sermons on a self-titled Fox "NEWS" Channel.

Posted by: jksesq1 | September 17, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Thinking makes you elitist!
Empathy makes you a socialist!
Facts make you bias!

Posted by: rapchat1
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Classic!

Posted by: priceisright | September 17, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The best new yet! I don't care what I have to move around on my schedule, I will not miss the "Rally for A Return to Sanity"...just what the country needs!

Posted by: TakeALookInTheMirror | September 17, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Hope they combine the two for the same day!

Posted by: TakeALookInTheMirror | September 17, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Great, just what D.C. needs: two more snide, self-important twits who think they're hilarious. Wonderful.

Posted by: birvin9999 |

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No kidding, and one of them isn't even a real person.

Posted by: bbface21

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Is he a fake person?

Posted by: rderr27 | September 17, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I also think anyone carrying a sign ought to have that sign spell-checked, with corrections easily visible and obvious. You know, a sign like "Glen Beck sux!" would have the second "n" in Glenn inserted with a carat.

Just to show we finished high school.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Al Franken, the "Pretend Senator" and comedian graduated from Harvard cum laude with a degree in Political Science. He might have been a comedian for a living, but with that degree, I'd say he is qualified to be a Senator.

...and in demeaning comedians, making people laugh isn't an easy job. Its a valid, multi-billion dollar global industry, and to be honest, deserving of respect and admiration. Anybody who can actually aspire to add a bit of joy to someone's day in my opinion deserves the highest regard.

Posted by: johnego1 | September 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

etpietro wrote:

And you don't think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert bear a lot of responsibility for that?

They have long since stopped being comedians. Both are mean-spirited hacks, whose idea of civility is "well, just do what liberals and Obama want and then we can all get along. And if you don't, we will relentlessly mock and deride you."

Sorry, when it comes to those two idiots, the message isn't "can't we all get along," it's "Physician, heal thyself."
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Are you kidding me? Both Colbert and Stewart spend at least as much time ripping the Democrats and Obama as they do the Republicans. However, they spend most of their time ripping the talking heads on TV, the most vitriolic of whom seem to regulars on Fox News. You need to stop seeing the world through your Tea soaked lenses.

I am not sure if you watched this particular announcement, but it goes after the extremists on both sides -- those who dominate the debate only because they shout the loudest. I would refer you to David Ignatius's column yesterday on the loss of civility in political discourse. I think any effort to call for a return to civility is a positive. If Stewart and Colbert can motivate people to call for it through comedy, that is wonderful.

Posted by: DM_Inf | September 17, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Just what this country needs, two more comedians getting involved in politics. You have to wonder what that other comedian, sarah pailen, will support in this endeavor.

Posted by: bel1086 | September 17, 2010 8:48 AM

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There are conservatives that think Colbert is quite serious and quite conservative.

Posted by: James10 | September 17, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse


Bitter liberal irony, redone as a gag. Sure that ought to draw a big crowd.

46 days until Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob21 | September 17, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Somebody give screwjob21 a cookie.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Just as with Glen Beck's rally, I have o idea what this rally is actually about.

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | September 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm there, even if no one else shows. With my luck, the geese will probably poop on me, but it will be a moment of sanity! ;o)

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Just remember...

If you are making sense, if you value intelligence and smarts, if you are using your brain and not other parts of your anatomy then the communists/terrorists/the cookie monster/the men in black, etc, etc, have won.

You have become a ruthless elitist who reads books and value education !!!!!

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | September 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart should join his pal Al Frankin in Congress.

Failed comedians seem to do better in politics.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 17, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

WRAT GAS!

Posted by: johnrbennett | September 17, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm predicting tens of people that will come to this event. Should be a rousing turnout. Watch it on their shows because they will run it over and over and over.

Posted by: LarryinMD | September 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Finally a march, actually two marches, that make sense.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | September 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Let us see these two leftist clowns donate a $5 million check to benefit the children of fallen American soldiers, as the Restoring Honor rally did.


Posted by: screwjob21 | September 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Beck's rally was titled, "Restoring Honor," not "Restoring America," as the blogger writes. "Restoring Honor" provides the punchline to Stewart' "Restoring Sanity." Just sayin'

Posted by: hallosev2 | September 17, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Alaska officials on Wednesday ruled that Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin must pay back taxes to the IRS.The exact amount the governor must pay is not yet known, but the Associated Press estimates she owes taxes on more than $17,000 in per-diem expenses.State employees who live more than 50 miles away from Alaska's capital, Juneau, are entitled to state aid in the form of per-diem payments. Juneau is approximately 600 miles from Palin's home town of Wasilla, making the governor eligible for the payments. But before she accepted the vice presidential nomination, Palin charged the state for over 300 nights spent in her Wasilla home, not the governor's mansion in Juneau. Her expenses usually amounted to $60 per day..."February 18, 2009 5:46 PM CBSnews.com

"This is her third Senate race in five years. As O’Donnell’s manager, I found out she was living on campaign donations — using them for rent and personal expenses, while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt," she says.

Perhaps the most biting line in the call delivered by Murray: "She wasn't concerned about conservative causes. O’Donnell just wanted to make a buck."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/


That's right palin, forget integrity, and cheating. tell Odonell to hide behind fox tv. That's what you did.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 17, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Alaska officials on Wednesday ruled that Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin must pay back taxes to the IRS.The exact amount the governor must pay is not yet known, but the Associated Press estimates she owes taxes on more than $17,000 in per-diem expenses.State employees who live more than 50 miles away from Alaska's capital, Juneau, are entitled to state aid in the form of per-diem payments. Juneau is approximately 600 miles from Palin's home town of Wasilla, making the governor eligible for the payments. But before she accepted the vice presidential nomination, Palin charged the state for over 300 nights spent in her Wasilla home, not the governor's mansion in Juneau. Her expenses usually amounted to $60 per day..."February 18, 2009 5:46 PM CBSnews.com

"This is her third Senate race in five years. As O’Donnell’s manager, I found out she was living on campaign donations — using them for rent and personal expenses, while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt," she says.

Perhaps the most biting line in the call delivered by Murray: "She wasn't concerned about conservative causes. O’Donnell just wanted to make a buck."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/


That's right palin, forget integrity, and cheating. tell Odonell to hide behind fox tv. That's what you did.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 17, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"Restoring Sanity" - an appropriate title for the event in view of their audiences' collective condition.

Posted by: Patriot12 | September 17, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Everyone in Seattle is mad as heck about people being mad as heck, and we'd like you to mellow out.

Thanks.

Oh, and DC is pretty far, so we were wondering if we could just make it to BC and bring the kids, while the fall colors are so nice?

Hope you don't mind!

Posted by: WillSeattle | September 17, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News: Harry Reid and Nannie Pelosi have requested a copy of the event transcript so they can read it after they attend. ????

Vegas oddsmakers have withdrawn all bets on "restoring sanity" in them.

Posted by: Patriot12 | September 17, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

These guys are comic genius- satire has always been a potent political weapon- fear v sanity- what a great set up.

Can't Wait

Posted by: mastin | September 17, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank God, God gave us humor. Because both evangelical Christians and godless atheists need not fear laughter. I am free & happy to laugh at the clowns which is every politico who opens their mouths to judge another. Please don't ever stop.

Posted by: COhighlander | September 17, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm predicting tens of people that will come to this event. Should be a rousing turnout. Watch it on their shows because they will run it over and over and over.

Posted by: LarryinMD | September 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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Keep dreaming LarryinMD, the turnout for this event is going to totally swamp Beck's little Baloney Festival. Check the chatter on the web -- over 50% of hotels are already at capacity, which is unprecendented here in dc at Holloween.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

We're going to burn a case of Texas Pete! In effigy!

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 17, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Odd.

This rally is a cll for moderation.

Reacting to it we see right-winger scathing it. While left-wingers love the rally.

Could this imply that there is more moderation on the left than on the right of American politics?

Potential rally chants:

'E Pluribus Unum! America's socialist motto.'

'No just us, no preach!'

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey screwjob,

You should know that Colbert has an ongoing fundraising campaign to donate money to the Yellow Ribbon Fund (dedicated to helping injured veterans) which has raised a whole lot of money. As of 2008 (a long time ago) it had raised $175,000. Remember, that was two years ago. Since then, he has continued with the campaign. And unlike your hero Beck, he actually traveled to Iraq to do his show for a week -- with the soldiers who were fighting there. And only this month, he did two shows dedicated to honoring those who have recently returned from Iraq.

I just wanted to let you know that your attack on these two comedians as somehow unpatriotic only shows that you have no idea what the hell you are talking about.

It is your kind of ad hominem attacks based on ignorance that is the only thing this rally is protesting against. Thanks for being an example of what the saner 75-80% of the country would like to see stopped.

Posted by: DM_Inf | September 17, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

TO DM_Inf | September 17, 2010 1:45 PM:

Well put.

I'll second that sentiment.

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Stewart-Colbert 2012

Representation without recrimination!

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

in response to postfan1's "Jon Stewart should join his pal Al Frankin in Congress.

Failed comedians seem to do better in politics."

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Like Reagan & Shwarzenegger? - Oh wait, their funniest lines came after they went into politics.

Posted by: archaeoman | September 17, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

this is just a way to take meaning away from serious gatherings...
sad that they have to do so...
guess their liberal bosses told them to do so...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Finally truthiness!

Posted by: CityBlues | September 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

If they take it to Wall St., they would probably draw a bigger crowd. Heck, the Mall is about the size of Israel. They'll never 'pack it in'. ... Ratings wise, cough, cough.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 17, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"Restoring Sanity" - an appropriate title for the event in view of their audiences' collective condition.

Posted by: Patriot12
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Yep, sane folks coming together. Appropriate indeed, pretendpatriot...

Posted by: LABC | September 17, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I think it is very telling that right-wingers are so defensive about a simple call for moderation.

Posted by: aahpat | September 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Key question for Jon Stewart's rally organizers: will there be a Kumbayah sing-along? because, you know, it just wouldn't be right without we all sang Kumbayah and drank the Kool-Aid.

Hey deepthroat, wanna go out for a drink after work?

Er...maybe I have you confused with somebody else.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry but are these two so childish that we can now expect to hear ad nauseum all about promoting this and then afterward how marvelous they were at perhaps outnumbering all those silly old white uneducated diabetic mall walking sheet wearing folk who went to the Beck rally? This is what liberals have called them so a call by Stewart to return to sanity exactly means what?
Beck's rally was non-political and because it had a religious tone, does that now mean these two are decrying that looking inward at one's self is now insane?
I enjoy both of their shows for what they are but to engage in something like this to demean other Americans is I am sorry, beyond what I consider funny. If this is the new Obama tone he promised, then I would hate to see what they consider worse than calling others racists, bigots, Nazis, klansmen knuckle dragging neanderthals? If this is Obama's promised new era of bipartisanship, what would they be throwing around that could be worse?

Posted by: justmyvoice | September 17, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

SANE AMERICA!!!!! IF YOU CAN OR CAN'T MAKE THE RALLY GET YOUR ARS OUT NOVEMBER 2 AND VOTE!!! IT WILL BE AS IMPORTANT AS BEING AT ANY RALLY..... I'LL BE THERE AND I ALREADY MADE MY SIGN.....

Posted by: waxtraxs | September 17, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

justmyvoice,

Perhaps you are projecting a little bit? I wonder if you watched the announcement, or if you have ever really watched the show. First of all, I am not sure why you are associating this rally with President Obama and his promise to change the tone of discourse in this country. To my knowledge, neither Stewart nor Colbert have ever called anyone racist, biggoted, a Nazi or a knuckledragging neanderthal member of the klan. In fact, I have only seen him poke fun at those who throw around such terms. If you had actually watched his show, you would know that he constantly attacks extremists on both the left and the right -- with particular focus on the talking heads that appear on cable news. The only imbalance in his lampooning that I can see is that Fox News is a regular target. However, that can be explained by the fact that Fox News is populated by a disproportionate number of blowhard commentators and incompetent newspeople, not necessarily because it is conservative. There have been many occasions when MSNBC was attacked for its ridiculousness as well.

Nobody is attacking Beck because his rally had a religious tone. Beck is open to attack because he is filled with self-righteousness and his rally was more about him than anything else. He continually makes stuff up out of whole cloth, without any basis in fact, simply to make the biggest impact possible. It is he who has been throwing around accusations of racism, socialism, Nazi-ism, etc. Yeah, there have been weirdo liberals who called Bush that, and that was wrong, too. Stewart has called them out as well. But no liberal commentator of any note ever seriously equated the Bush administration to the Nazis, as Beck has done. Nor did any such commentator ever accuse Bush of being a racist.

One of the signs that Stewart will be handing out is a very appropriate response to your accusation: "I disagree with everything you say, but I am pretty certain you are not Hitler." That is appropriate no matter what political persuasion you identify with.

Posted by: DM_Inf | September 17, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

My rally sign will have two sides:


The first will read... Black is beautiful.... while the other will read: Sarah Palin is a Koch Brothers sponsored libertarian female dog dressed in man pants....

Posted by: waxtraxs | September 17, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

WE WILL BE THERE!!!!

Posted by: ae-inc | September 17, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

They should sell t-shirts, hats, etc., and give ALL the money to charity. I'm on board with this!

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 18, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

The ONLY fear I sense here today is that of the Yellow Shirts (also known as The Koch Army, Tea Baggers or Tea Party or simple The Y o k e ls)

Imagine if a pair of comedians can pull a bigger audience than their puny 80K to 90K "Restore Honor" attendees.

Posted by: Mighty7 | September 18, 2010 5:40 AM | Report abuse

I haven't been to anything since the Isle of Wight Festival, but I'll go to this.

Posted by: johnbarleycorn1 | September 18, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Entertaining little news release from WashingtonDCHotels.com below:

"Washington DC Hotels Reports Colbert and Stewart DC Rallies Outpacing Beck "

Link at: http://www.prbuzz.com/politics-a-public-affairs/47897-washington-dc-hotels.html

Posted by: Platoisamoron | September 22, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

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