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Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert dueling Mall rallies set for Oct. 30

[This blog post has been updated]

Comedy Central is going to stage the mother of all marketing stunts here in Washington -- oh wait, Fox News Channel already did that.

Well, anyway, the Viacom-owned network will launch the second mother of all marketing stunts in Washington on Oct. 30 when both its late-night hosts, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, host opposing rallies on the Mall.

"The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart announced on his show Thursday night his Rally to Restore Sanity -- "a rally for the people who've been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) -- not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority." The rally will be held, Stewart's camp said, "to beg America to stop shouting, throwing and drawing Hitler mustaches on people other than Hitler (or Charlie Chaplin)."

Immediately thereafter, "The Colbert Report's," um, Colbert, announced his Keep Fear Alive rally, with instructions to "pack an overnight bag with five extra sets of underwear -- you're going to need them. Because to Restore Truthiness we must always ... Shh!!! What's that sound?! I think there's someone behind you! Run!"

Comedy Central promises the Rally Rivalry will be "bigger than Nixon/Kennedy, Ali/Foreman, Aniston/Jolie, 50 Cent/Nas, Joe/The Volcano, Alien/Predator, Bunny/Fudd and Ecks/Sever combined."

But both men are operating in the shadow of FNC's prime-time talking head Glenn Beck, who, last fall, asked "you, your family and neighbors to join me at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall for the unveiling of The Plan and the birthday of a new national movement to restore our great country" on Aug. 28.

Imagine Beck's surprise -- really, he said he was -- when he discovered that his "Restoring Honor" rally date, Aug. 28, was the same day Martin Luther King Jr. had delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial 47 years earlier.

We've discovered a permit application was indeed submitted for the Rally Rivalry, on Sept. 8 to the National Park Service by Minassian Media, Comedy Central, and Chris Wane and Associates.

While the permit has not yet been issued, "we do not see any hugely outstanding issues that would prevent or bar the signing of a permit," Bill Line, spokesman for the National Park Service, told WaPo TeamTV's Mall Rally Correspondent, David Montgomery.

The permit application modestly estimates a crowd of just 25,000 people. Comedy Central apparently does not think there are very many people with a sense of humor living within a reasonable commute of the Mall. According to press reports, about 87,000 people showed up for Beck's rally -- though Beck on his show dismissed that number as pure horseradish and told his viewers they should believe no one but him and he says the number was hooey, and to believe only his estimate. He said "a minimum of 500,000" people came to his rally which, he added, was "the sixth-largest gathering" on the Mall, ever and approximately the same sized crowd as had come to the Mall for that other defining moment:

"Ronald Reagan's inauguration."

On the other hand, Adam Serwer of the American Prospect, guest-blogging in The Post's political blog, "The Plum Line" a couple days after Beck's rally, wrote that "while the official Tea Party estimates of Saturday's rally attendance may range between a gajillion and the fafillion, the company CBS hired to give an estimate placed the turnout at a respectably large 87,000, larger than the official estimates of turnout last year's 9/12 rally but no where near the estimated 1.8 million that attended Obama's inauguration.

The Stewart/Colbert permit application is for the north side of the Washington Monument grounds, which does not include the Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool or what is known as the National Mall, Line says, what with the Monument grounds being bounded by Constitution, Independence, 15th and 17th, and the north side is the side toward Constitution.

On the other hand, he also said the Park Service and applicants are negotiating details as we write. Line declined to discuss specifics of those negotiations.

Watch the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announcements here:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party


The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
March to Keep Fear Alive
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionFox News

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 17, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
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Comments

Both comedians are terrible. I hope it rains.

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

This is great! Both comedians are some of the best!

I live in the midwest but plan on visiting my sister out east during this time frame. I'll be sure to attend these events!

Posted by: Denjudge | September 17, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Considering many of the downtown/NoVa hotels sold out a year ago to accomodate the hundreds of thousands of people in town for the Marine Corps Marathon the next day this should be pretty interesting.

Surprised the city would allow a rally of this size the day before most of the city gets shut down for the race.

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

[QUOTE: Both comedians are terrible. I hope it rains.]

Seriously. That comedian at that rally in august (forget the name - restoring something or another) was much, much funnier.

Posted by: swu88 | September 17, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Finally - Comedians to the rescue!

Posted by: rklm68 | September 17, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Stewart Colbert 2012!!!

Posted by: megman | September 17, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Sharpton's rally wasn't even mentioned in this article...must not have happened or been all that important....

Posted by: WildBill1 | September 17, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I think JBfromFL needs a sense of humour. hahaha

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Let us all make fun of pissed off people. It is so elite, so condescending, so cool. Let us help the Democrats make more pissed off people by disparaging and belittling passe religions, cultural differences and perhaps the unemployed. Perhaps they can have some jokes about increasing health insurance premiums and poverty for real hilarity. Yes people really like being made fun of to get them to vote for your ideas.

Posted by: Mormaer | September 17, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

It did seem like the Beck rally had at least 250,000 people based on the photos I saw. And I read that it was to recognize or raise money for a foundation that provides scholarships for the children of wounded/killed soldiers. Is that true?

Posted by: lizalobster | September 17, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The best newsmen in the business, actually
working 5 days in one week !!

Posted by: captainhookaustin | September 17, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

this is freakin hilarious....

Posted by: payton34 | September 17, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

They had me at this: "We're looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat."

Isn't that refreshing!

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

These comic clowns are trying to usurp the tea bag revolution! It is blasphemy!

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Comedians representing the comedic liberals.
If you get your news from Comedy Central, as liberals do, you deserve all of the disparaging remarks that come your way.

Posted by: r_leever | September 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Mormaer wrote: "Let us all make fun of pissed off people. It is so elite, so condescending, so cool."

You need to start wearing a larger size pair of shorts because you are much too "uptight" to be watching either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. Clearly, you have insufficient appreciation for satire since you totally fail to realize that they are not making fun of the "pissed off people" but rather, the people that are responsible for the underlying problems.

Posted by: mehrenst1 | September 17, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU, GOD!!!!!! Finally A rally for patriotic Americans!!!!! Instead of the racist beck/palin klan rallies!!!!!

Posted by: WITCHBAND | September 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Count me in!

Posted by: eyekey416 | September 17, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Beck's rally satisfied the need for clowns on the Mall?

Posted by: Lefty_ | September 17, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"Let us all make fun of pissed off people. It is so elite, so condescending, so cool. Let us help the Democrats make more pissed off people by disparaging and belittling passe religions, cultural differences and perhaps the unemployed. Perhaps they can have some jokes about increasing health insurance premiums and poverty for real hilarity. Yes people really like being made fun of to get them to vote for your ideas."


They aren't making fun of all the disparaged people, or people with cultural and religious differences. They are simply poking fun at the idiots, the racists, and/or the easily manipulated - some of whom may be disparaged, some of whom may not - that are bringing insanity to the political process.

Posted by: niceshoes1 | September 17, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse


"I never overlook an opportunity to insult the voters."

- Typical leftist

Posted by: screwjob21 | September 17, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The Rally for Fear will not succeed!

All of us going to the Rally to Restore Sanity will take their parking spots.

...

um, do you validate?

Posted by: WillSeattle | September 17, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I live in the Northern VA suburbs. I'm a retired LTC with 24 years of service and work for the Department of Defense. If this rally goes off I will be there and am recruiting as many of my friends to go with me! We have to show that the Wingnuts and Teabaggers are not the only ones active in the country and some of us are getting really concerned about where they will lead us if, god forbid, they take power. These guys are nuts, they listen to no one but themselves, and at the same time cry that nobody is listening to them. Their ideas are destructive to the continued success of the United States and it is time we push back! Hard!!

Posted by: GabsDaD | September 17, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Nooooooooooo! Colbert AND Stewart for President 2012!
Lets finally have a race that is Win-Win instead of "Hold Your Nose for a Lose-Lose"!

It is not at all about belittling "pissed-off people". It is ALL about holding up a mirror
to the distortions and lies so the people can get pissed off at the real problems and those who create them. If Stewart/Colbert get a laugh or two along the way that is healthier that projecting saliva and screaming your angry ditto-voice hoarse.

Let a million people with their heads on straight march.

Posted by: Yarbroughz | September 17, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: WildBill1

Nice to see Sharpton's rally wasn't even mentioned in this article...must not have happened or been all that important....

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Sharpton's rally wasn't mentioned because it indeed, is not all that important...

at least not as related to the purpose of the Stewart/Colbert rally, which is to openly mock how stupid, corny, and self-serving Beck's 'rally' was. Only a moron could watch the self-proclaimed rodeo clown mug for the camera and not realize that Beck as a real-lie Lonesome Rhodes, mocks his followers with his very existence.

Posted by: grantmh | September 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'll be there with bells on. And I'll bring a group!

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | September 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The folks that follow and love the right wing fear squad can't stand anyone that questions them and their heroes. What I don't get is their whining.

- Give me back my country! MY question is who took it and where did they put it? Was it the black guy? Or was it the guy that suspended Habeas Corpus and authorized torture and wiretaps?

- Gun nuts carrying their weapons to town hall meetings. Why? What are they afraid of? Are they so insecure in themselves that they must carry a gun?

What we have is a bunch of folks that have bought into the fear message from the RIGHT - hook, line and sinker. They don't understand satire, can't get mockery, and are incapable of understanding that the majority of the country is - REALLY - moderate.

Now they have their panties in a twist because two guys -- who put more truth in their 30 minute shows than Faux does in a month on all of its shows -- are mocking them on the Mall -- hallowed ground because Beck was there.

Posted by: Freethotlib | September 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The park service really approved dueling rallies the day before what could be the largest Marine Corps Marathon in history? Ugh!

Posted by: sg7472a | September 17, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE HOW THE POST IS SHRILLING FOR THESE MORONS!

THIS IS NEWS????

Posted by: cibor | September 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Poor right-wingers. Especially that crackpot spouting nonsense about "pissed-off voters" and "elitists". Odd, odd fellow. See you on the Mall.

Posted by: chert | September 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Considering many of the downtown/NoVa hotels sold out a year ago to accomodate the hundreds of thousands of people in town for the Marine Corps Marathon the next day this should be pretty interesting.

Surprised the city would allow a rally of this size the day before most of the city gets shut down for the race.

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

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dcmidnight, I hope you are joking. A 25,000 person rally (which is the outside estimate I see here for this fun gathering -- to which I will DEFINITELY go no matter the cold nor rain...) amounts to a ripple in the surface here in Washington. There are rallies here constantly. It's our nation's capital. It's a world class city. Both things can happen at once. I promise. Don't worry, be happy.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter1 | September 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Beck was funnier as he conned so many people into thinking he was serious.

Posted by: Deirdre_K | September 17, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Good, a rally that doesn't encourage the white sheet Beck crowd!

Posted by: clintt5 | September 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT IS A BREATIFUL DAY AND NOBODY COMES?

I'll expect NBC, CBS, CNN and Comedy Central to braodcast live for three hours. Yeah, right.

Posted by: cibor | September 17, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
These comic clowns are trying to usurp the tea bag revolution! It is blasphemy!

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 1:48 PM

The Comic Clowns are usurping the Tea Baggers. You are blaspheming!! And stupid.

Posted by: WPReaderID | September 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE HOW THE POST IS SHRILLING FOR THESE MORONS!

Posted by: cibor
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I believe the word you are looking for is 'shilling'. Who's the moron?

Posted by: jayjordan | September 17, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I went to all the anti-war rallies in dc and each one of them totally swamped the beck rally. Based on crowds I've seen here the 87,000 estimate is possipbly accurate, but maybe a little generous. The crowd didn't even make it to the Washington monument, and the crowd was not very dense.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Good, a rally that doesn't encourage the white sheet Beck crowd!

Posted by: clintt5

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Who else watches these two, the black south side of Chicago, the Northeast Elite crowd, the CAIR folks?

Maybe some group like the Midwest Pig Producer Association can also hold a rally upwind - and draw more participants!

Posted by: cibor | September 17, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I WANNA GO!!! Can't see how I can tho. Should be a way..maybe a list..for those of us who approve but just can't make it, and have it verifiable (like a "petition of sanity"!) so we can count in some way as part of the "happening". It has been suggested that there are like-minded gatherings around the country that night. Get student campuses involved!!!

Posted by: BellaWV | September 17, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jayjordan:

I believe the word you are looking for is 'shilling'. Who's the moron?


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The moron is the one with no comment, just spell check.


Posted by: cibor | September 17, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The permit is form only 25,000? There are definitely going to be more than that.

Posted by: jake555 | September 17, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Should be a way..maybe a list..for those of us who approve but just can't make it, and have it verifiable (like a "petition of sanity"!) so we can count in some way as part of the "happening".
Posted by: BellaWV

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Beck broadcast his speech and the events of the day live through Internet steaming on his website. They could count how many logged in to watch, which produiced the "verifiable" one million (plus) viewers.

I'm sure Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have THEIR own websites, right?

Or maybe Comedy Central will stream it live. After all, this is comedy and entertainment.

Posted by: cibor | September 17, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The bigoted jackass named Glenn
displayed his insanity when
he mocked King and Lincoln
by herding his stinkin'
disciples in front of those men.

Posted by: nrcahill11 | September 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

A non-moron can tell the difference between shrilling and shilling without needing spellcheck. Also non-moron do not call other people morons.

Posted by: justmike | September 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The bigoted jackass named Glenn
displayed his insanity when
he mocked King and Lincoln
by herding his stinkin'
disciples in front of those men.

Posted by: nrcahill11 | September 17, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Let us help the Democrats make more pissed off people by disparaging... perhaps the unemployed. "

Sorry, the Republicans in Congress and Tea Party candidates already beat us to that!

Posted by: hitpoints | September 17, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

We live IN the District. Usually, we avoid rallying crowds on the Mall by finding something (er, anything) to do outside the City while the milling is proceeding. Finally, here's something we will stay home for. Watch for the two old folks smeared with Baconnaise.

Posted by: johnjorg | September 17, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It's not funny or helpful for these two buffoons to mock the concerns of honest American or to role play vermin like the poverty pimps Al Sharpton.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 17, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

It's not funny or helpful for these two buffoons to mock the concerns of honest American or to role play vermin like the poverty pimps Al Sharpton.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 17, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@carlbatey - actually they are both quite funny. and i would hardly call beck's following 'honest' americans...

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

I'll make a point of visiting family and friends that weekend.

This could be a lot of fun!

Posted by: MadamDeb | September 17, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"I never overlook an opportunity to insult the voters."

- Typical leftist

@screwjob21: The people who are insulting voters are the lawmakers who have no useful ideas and don't really want to govern. There are the TV hosts who think voters are so stupid they will fall for the terror babies lie or the Kenyan ghost lie. Are you saying that John Boehner and Glenn Beck are leftists?

Posted by: greyK | September 17, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Sharpton's rally wasn't even mentioned in this article...must not have happened or been all that important....

Posted by: WildBill

Nice to know that black people still give you a hard on. Hate on crackerboy.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 17, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse


Both comedians are terrible. I hope it rains.

Posted by: JBfromFL |


Nice to know they get under your skin.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 17, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm so stoked for this.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | September 17, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lizalobster
It did seem like the Beck rally had at least 250,000 people based on the photos I saw.
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Pure BS. The metro numbers for that day indicated an additional 80,000 round trips over a normal day. The firm hired by CBS estimated the crowd at 87,000 and they were right on target.

Posted by: HillmanDC | September 17, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@screwjob21

Are people actually suppose to be insulted by you calling them leftist? The only people that thinks thats an insult are people like you. Call me a typical leftist. I love it. Its better than a typical redneck or idiot which is what you come off as on a daily basis on these blogs. Lets make a deal, you can call me leftist and I will call you idiot redneck. Can we both hold our heads high and be proud of our given labels together brother? High five!!

Posted by: ged0386 | September 17, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Pure BS. The metro numbers for that day indicated an additional 80,000 round trips over a normal day. The firm hired by CBS estimated the crowd at 87,000 and they were right on target.

Posted by: HillmanDC |

You lying typical socialist, nazi, liberal!! It was over a brazillian!! The liberal mainstream media is lying!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | September 17, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHA,

I love how all the right wing nuts are taking this so seriously and seem to forget these are two shows on, drum roll please, Comedy Central.

But I guess if you believe Beck/Palin, you'll take ANYTHING seriously.

Posted by: BurtReynolds1 | September 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: beenthere3 | September 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Hillman,
The flaw in your logic, but not the conclusion, is that it assumes that Beckians can or would use socialized transportation. I am certain there are still some rally attenders still circling the Mall looking for a parking space.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

What's all the fuss about? If Fox's leading comedian can do a show on the mall, why shouldn't two guys from Comedy Central have the same opportunity?

Posted by: justmike | September 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Nov. 30, 1938: Orson Wells broadcasts "War of the Worlds." A nation panics.

Coincidence? We better keep an eye on Jon and Steven!

Posted by: bluicebank | September 17, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

These Comedy Central people have managed to choose a date that should be kept sacred: my birthday. How DARE they do this??!!!

And to the person who repeatedly says, WE MUST HAVE TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH! - That's not enough. We *gave* them tax breaks, and despite their promise that this would cause them to become more prolific employers, they have not gone on a hiring binge (at least in the USA).

We need to give them cash grants and Patents of Nobility. I am now handing a dollar bill or at least some change to anyone I see getting out of an expensive car, along with a little bow.

Also, call them "My Lord" or "My Lady." Richies like this.

Posted by: roblimo | September 17, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I would observe that when attempting to make a snarky post it doesn't help to completely butcher the grammar, syntax and spelling of your piece...but hey, keep it rolling Cibor (don't mind that toilet paper stuck to your shoe).

The right wing's problem is they demonstrably have no sense of humor and sadly no one within a country mile of the satirical talent and insight of Stewart, Colbert or their writers.

This will be hysterical.

Posted by: jbrtrois | September 17, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, it's a good thing you only cover fluff. I couldn't get past your first paragraph.

Posted by: emacco | September 17, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I want to see Stewart's birth certificate! I refuse to attend the rally unless I know he is a REAL American! ;o)

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"But both men are operating in the shadow of FNC's prime-time talking head Glenn Beck, who, last fall, asked "you, your family and neighbors to join me at the feet of Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall for the unveiling of The Plan and the birthday of a new national movement to restore our great country" on Aug. 28."

Lisa, it's a parody of/response to Beck's rallies. To say they're operating in Beck's shadow is to imply that they had no idea that someone else had held a rally on the Mall recently. Actually, you also imply that in your opening line.

Perhaps you don't understand how humor or sequential events work. For someone to mock another person or group's actions, those actions have to occur. Having a comedic rally based on making fun of extremism wouldn't make much sense unless the extremist rally had already occurred. It would be like you writing a column trashing a show that has never been made.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

My birthday is the day before, and Halloween is the day after. Sounds like the makings of a three-day extravaganza!

Posted by: justmike | September 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You IDIOT BAGERS can't go back to something that was not real in the first place "Idoits"!

Dude said it best:
We have to show that the Wingnuts and Teabaggers are not the only ones active in the country and some of us are getting really concerned about where they will lead us if, god forbid, they take power. These guys are nuts, they listen to no one but themselves, and at the same time cry that nobody is listening to them. Their ideas are destructive to the continued success of the United States and it is time we push back! Hard!!


Posted by: shamken | September 17, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I love it!!! These guys will make more sense and express more truth while being funny than Glenda Beck could even if he never shut his yap from here till he’s 98. We wouldn’t miss this fer ‘nutt’in!

Posted by: Braticuspunk | September 17, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I love it!!! These guys will make more sense and express more truth while being funny than Glenda Beck could - even if he never shut his yap from here till he’s 98. We wouldn’t miss this fer ‘nutt’in!

Posted by: Braticuspunk | September 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If facebook is any indication, this match has already ~300,000 following. I assume this will grow 10x even more in the coming days ...

Posted by: mantle | September 17, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

If facebook is any indication, this march has already attracted ~300,000 following. I assume this will grow more in the coming days ...

Posted by: mantle | September 17, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Only in America can this stuff happen. Americans making fun of fellow Americans. We are just one big pathetic joke to the rest of the world. When will this nonsense end?

It's embarrassing. I love my country, but apparently that is amusing and detrimental to my character. I still hope and pray to God, but in doing so, I'm aligned with some right wing racists. I want the Government to stop wasting our money, but that means I must hate poor people.

I am not a fan of Bill Maher and pretty much disagree with everything he has to say, but he is right about one thing. We are a nation of some really stupid people.

Posted by: Milly2 | September 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Bad timing! It's Homecoming Weekend at Howard and the Bisons play Norfolk State at 1 pm. The lads will lose one half their audience.

Posted by: johnson0572 | September 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Considering many of the downtown/NoVa hotels sold out a year ago to accomodate the hundreds of thousands of people in town for the Marine Corps Marathon the next day this should be pretty interesting."Posted by: dcmidnight

Best estimate I can find of MCM attendance is maybe 150,000 at the '08 race, a bit less last year. DC can manage that number pretty comfortably. Will possibly help attendance at both the Comedy Central events the day before.

The Beck event was estimated at around 90-100,000, and that was mainly a problem on the Metro. Lots of the Beck attendees arrived in rented buses. The MCM fans usually arrive earlier and provide their own transport.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"I am not a fan of Bill Maher and pretty much disagree with everything he has to say, but he is right about one thing. We are a nation of some really stupid people.
Posted by: Milly2"

LOL to which I can add, you seem to fit right in.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Love love love it- these guys are comedic geniuses. Satire has always been a powerful political weapon.

Posted by: mastin | September 17, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Let us all make fun of pissed off people. It is so elite, so condescending, so cool. Let us help the Democrats make more pissed off people by disparaging and belittling passe religions, cultural differences and perhaps the unemployed. Perhaps they can have some jokes about increasing health insurance premiums and poverty for real hilarity. Yes people really like being made fun of to get them to vote for your ideas.

Posted by: Mormaer | September 17, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse
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Uh, dude, did you watch the clip? He's actually making fun not of the right-wing political elites - Beck, Palin, etc. (and yes, they are elites too, so get over it) - who whip up dissent without offering any constructive ideas for the problems facing our country. I'm sorry you have no sense of humor and can't appreciate satire - I agree with the post recommending that buy looser fitting underpants. You must be a Tea Party fanatic.

Posted by: rhalter3633 | September 17, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. If this is on for real, I will be there. With some sign, to be decided:

"Keep your Socialist hands off of my Medicare!"

or

"I took Ike's evil Big Government Interstate highway system to get here"

or maybe

"Free the oppressed straight white Christian billionaires!!"

Please vote and help me decide. Either way I'll have to dress up as an angry irrational right winger for Halloween.

Posted by: B2O2 | September 17, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm with GabsDaD | September 17, 2010 2:03 PM. You're right on target!!!!

Posted by: margaretpierson | September 17, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME. The number of attendees will absolutely dwarf the number that attended Beck's tea bagger rally. Beck will probably cry on his show when he sees the footage.

Posted by: miknugget | September 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

CBS news will report that there were 350,000 people at this rally. You would have to be blind to think there were only 87,000 people at the Beck Rally. But that's what the Drive by Media does these days. Just a bunck of little Alinsky's running around the news rooms these days. Key word here is that they are both commedians. They are funny sometimes and boring the majority of the time. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | September 17, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I will be there marching for feariness!

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | September 17, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What's not mentioned is the amount of money has been raised to help schools in relation to this rally. I'm sorry -- but this wasn't like they came up with this idea, one guy posted the idea and it was picked up and lauded by fans. I think this is a great idea to help pinch the media into remembering that there are those of us with common sense who are too busy to scream and be angry b/c we're dealing with reality.

Due to the amount of local people who enjoy the Stewart-Colbert hour on Comedy Central, and out of towners who will be there for random events, I wouldn't be surprised if this turns into a huge event. I hope it does -- it'll be a blast.

I apologize to those who don't have a sense of humor, but this is going to be fun.

Posted by: townhousekids | September 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"If you get your news from Comedy Central, as liberals do, you deserve all of the disparaging remarks that come your way."

At least we don't inform ourselves via a propaganda outlet that telegraphs its bias by donating $1,000,000 to the Republican Party. Please tell me you didn't know that FauxNews Corp had done that.

Posted by: B2O2 | September 17, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Does DC really need to get any nerdier? Have some pity on us already.

Posted by: Wallenstein | September 17, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I definitely will have something else to do that day.

Suggest the National Park Service have these two goons adhere to a PG rating.

Most of the time I come across them while surfing with the remote, I am amazed at their gutter talk.

Posted by: 15of18 | September 17, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

October 30, 1948, the catastrophic air pollution episode in Donora, Pennsylvania ends. Fast forward to October 30, 2010, could this be the end of another catastrophic episode of air pollution in America? Could it be the start of clean air waves for America? Could the assorted wing nuts and rabble rousers who dominate our atmosphere and blogosphere be banished to the dung heap of history by a couple of smart a#@es? Stay tuned. (I truly hope so!)

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


"I never overlook an opportunity to insult the voters."

- Typical leftist

Posted by: screwjob21
*********************
"I never overlook an opportunity to shake my wang at underage girls"

- screwjob21

Posted by: LABC | September 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! I am going with a big group of friends if this is on.

Posted by: edusistah | September 17, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

definitely will have something else to do that day.

Suggest the National Park Service have these two goons adhere to a PG rating.

Most of the time I come across them while surfing with the remote, I am amazed at their gutter talk.

Posted by: 15of18
************************
What better thing? Soaking your dentures watching Glen Beck, gramps? Goody for you...

Btw, is it ok if the kids go on your lawn to fetch their baseball?

Posted by: LABC | September 17, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAH,

"Gutter Talk"?

Excuse us nurse ratched!!! I promise, no more tomfoolery!!

Posted by: BurtReynolds1 | September 17, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This is awesome. Thinking about going to the Colbert side of things with a sign that says;

War IS the answer

or, a top-10 list of things to declare war on. Yeah, that will be good. Both!

Then, change signs and go to the Stewart side. Just too much material to work with.

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | September 17, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

God bless both of them. Meanwhile, FUNNY Onion column after Beck's "event."

Headline: Nation Once Again Comes Under Sway of Pink-Faced Half-Wit

Posted by: donquixote3 | September 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"LOL to which I can add, you seem to fit right in.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse"

To Samson 151: Takes one to know one. Wow, you really made that so easy... Hahaha...

Posted by: Milly2 | September 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I live in Colorado and plan to come to dc for this.

Colbert has been my favorite ever since he ripped Bush a new one at the correspondent's dinner some years ago. The guts it took to stand there and mock that fool when he was sitting 10 feet away was amazing.

Posted by: hacksaw | September 17, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I live in Richmond, and will be there. Fortunately, my brother lives in Falls Church, so we have a place to stay. Nothing like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for a dose of reality, sanity, and truthiness. No doubt conservatives will just go bonkers. After all they have no sense of humor, and they are sooo easy to lampoon. Hope it gets a huge turnout.

Posted by: ggwalt | September 17, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Milly2,

What you failed to realize, was that he was rubber and you were glue
whatever you said bounced off him and stuck to you.

Posted by: BurtReynolds1 | September 17, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You lying typical socialist, nazi, liberal!! It was over a brazillian!! The liberal mainstream media is lying!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | September 17, 2010 3:09 PM
_____________________
Well, that must be true as ged0386 says...after all, as he points out, everything was over a "brazillian", Gieselle Bunchen, maybe?

Posted by: adelef_2000 | September 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

You lying typical socialist, nazi, liberal!! It was over a brazillian!! The liberal mainstream media is lying!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | September 17, 2010 3:09 PM
_____________________
Well, that must be true as ged0386 says...after all, as he points out, everything was over a "brazillian", Giselle Bunchen, maybe?

Posted by: adelef_2000 | September 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey BurtReynolds,

HIlarious! Seriously, you should stand in for Jon Stewart. What are 12?

Posted by: Milly2 | September 17, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Both comedians are terrible. I hope it rains.

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


I believe JBfromFL is actually a moron named Registered Voter from FFXU. He does wear Depends though.

Posted by: opinionatedinfairfax | September 17, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Scientific polling has determined that 4 out of 5 Omnipotent Deities are going to prevent rain on that day.

Posted by: eezmamata | September 17, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Yes to Sanity, No to Hannity!"

Posted by: yh132 | September 17, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I have to work that day, overseas in fact. So I'm going to send my doppelgänger to attend for me. Watch out for him, he farts a lot.

Posted by: eezmamata | September 17, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Without Stewart and Colbert, what would be the point of this?

I'm not even sure of the point WITH them!

Posted by: Benson | September 17, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that it takes a couple of comedians to breathe some life into the dying middle ground of American politics. I really do think that the extreme politics currently dominating the landscape aren't representative of most Americans. The approach may be pure satire, but it strikes a chord because its a very real concern to many of us.

Posted by: NatinFallsChurch | September 17, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It's all George Bush's fault. . .

He broke Obama's promise to put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them.

He broke Obama's promise to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.

He broke Obama's promise to end earmarks.

He broke Obama's promise to not force Americans to buy health insurance.

He broke Obama's promise to cut spending.

He broke Obama's promise to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.

He broke Obama's promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo in the first year.

He broke Obama's promise to make peace with direct, no precondition talks with America 's most hate-filled enemies during his first year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation.

He broke Obama's promise to never allow Iran the ability to create nuclear weapons.

He broke Obama's promise to end the hiring of former lobbyists into high White House jobs.

He broke Obama's promise that 90% of the stimulus jobs created would be in the private sector.

He broke Obama's promise that that if you like their current health plan you can keep it.

He broke Obama's promise to end no-compete contracts with the government.

He broke Obama's promise to disclose the names of all attendees at closed White House meetings.

He broke Obama's promise for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters.

He broke Obama's promise to not increase taxes on families making under 250k

He broke Obama's promise to have chosen a home church to attend Sunday services with his family by Easter of last year.

If not for Bush, all of Obama promises would have been kept, the economy would be back on track, Iran would have stopped its work on developing a nuclear bomb and would be negotiating a peace treaty with Israel . North Korea would have ended its tyrannical regime, and integrity would have been restored to the federal government.

Posted by: fury60 | September 17, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This is just great. The radical right of the GOP/TP are already going crazy. Remember guys, what's good for the goose is good for the gander so don't be tellin' me this is blasphemy. Hopefully, this will energize young voters and disillusioned progressives to get off their duffs and VOTE November 2. Rome wasn't built in a day; nor will it take only one election cycle to dismantle thirty years of dysfuctional conservatism. VOTE Nov. 2!!

Posted by: jharveinseattle | September 17, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Gosh. Some of the posters in these comments are really anti-restoring the sanity. Don't they realize that Colbert is holding a keep the fear alive rally at the same time. That is fair and balance don't you think?

Posted by: xdougwhite | September 17, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I am SO there!!!!!!!!! (all the way from LA)

Posted by: tjconnor | September 17, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Count me in

Posted by: orrg1 | September 17, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Back in the 60s the only folks who made any sense were the prophets of the absurd (the Yippies)... we live in even more absurd times now, and the only answer to the wing-nuts, crooks, opportunists,etc. is to laugh at them.... if we don't we will have to cry, and laughing is much healthier!

Posted by: tbrucia | September 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I saw the photos of Beck's rally too, and there were at least 1 million people. And they weren't just human, they were superhumans.

Posted by: johnc_80 | September 17, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

After the Beck/ Koch/ Freedomworks/ Fox "News"/ Klan rally on the anniversary of Dr. King's action, this is the ultimate good news. Beck is a big joke but does not know that yet. Stewart and Colbert are brilliant humorists and their event is the perfect response. See you there!

Posted by: revbookburn | September 17, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Yarbroughz (at September 17, 2010 2:04 PM) for Prez in 2012!!!

Posted by: Dan4 | September 17, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

To all you right and left of center folks, moderates, independents, you know, normal folks, lets show the Beck-Palin Tea Party crowd what America is really about.

Posted by: ggwalt | September 17, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I've often said, during my 84+ years on this planet, that the only way to get through life without going insane is to have a well-developed sense of the ridiculous.

And both Colbert and Stewart have it.

I wish I could get to the Mall to participate in the festivities. But I'll be watching.

Long live 'ridiculous'.

Posted by: jeanlock1 | September 17, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

More power to them. A group of us will be there.

Posted by: Sally6 | September 17, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

This here event is makn fun of Glen Beck's hockus pokus event for the mentally ill.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | September 17, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow Lisa de Moraes is quite a partisan liberal, isn't she?

The Post is a partisan joke and hacks like Lisa de Moraes are the reason why.

Posted by: bobmoses | September 17, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I'll be there with a sign that says, "Tea Party RUULZ!" My wife will be there with a sign pointing at me saying, "I'm with stupid."

Posted by: queenofromania | September 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

at the end of the day Beck et al. are just nerdy bores. you just know they were picked on in school. ick!

the 10/30 rally is going to be a party! and really, what better way to process/counter the madness than with humor. they have mean/complexes; we have fun. the latter always gets the "date."

tell all; bring all!

now, where did i out my flask...

Posted by: kevinhartm | September 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I think the real reason some people are so PO's about this is that it's the Saturday before election day. These two pre-empted what the wingnuts were hoping Beck would do - hold a massive rally the day before the Teeps hope to change America into a bastion of middle-aged, straight, baptist whiteness.

Posted by: IronyisHot | September 17, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Finally the right rally! Will definitely be there!

Posted by: TakeALookInTheMirror | September 17, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Finally the right rally after the constant attack of the crazies this year! Will definitely be there!

Posted by: TakeALookInTheMirror | September 17, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my Self this was hilarious:

HAHAHAHAH,

"Gutter Talk"?

Excuse us nurse ratched!!! I promise, no more tomfoolery!!

Posted by: kevinhartm | September 17, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Perfect. Clown rallies for a joke of a nation.

When the going gets tough, America, tax, spend and party!

Posted by: politbureau | September 17, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

A doctor from Israel says:

"In Israel the medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man's test/icles;
we put them into another man, and in 6 weeks he is looking for work."

The German doctor comments:

"That's nothing, in Germany we take part of the brain out of a person;
we put it into another person's head, and in 4 weeks he is looking for work."

A Russian doctor says:

"That's nothing either. In Russia we take out half of the heart from a person;
we put it into another person's chest, and in 2 weeks he is looking for work."

The U.S. doctor answers immediately:

"That's nothing my colleagues, you are way behind us...! In the USA (about a year ago) we grabbed a person with no brains, no heart, and no balls....we made him President of the United States, and now.......the whole country is looking for work!!!!!!"

--anonymous author

Posted by: bob59 | September 17, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I am going to go to this from Kansas City. Can't wait!!!

Posted by: Penny6444 | September 17, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I am going to go to this from Kansas City. Can't wait!!!

Posted by: Penny6444 | September 17, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Jon and Stephen,

Thank you for adding levity to this otherwise dreary town. I look so forward to this. I love you guys.

Posted by: 4242424242 | September 17, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Jon and Stephen,

Thank you for adding levity to this otherwise dreary town. I look so forward to this. I love you guys.

Posted by: 4242424242 | September 17, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Hope I can make it. Don't know what time they'll be holding it yet. I love both of them and their shows. Anybody who thinks they're bad comedians don't have a sense of humor - period. It's kind of appropriate for them to answer Glenn Beck, one of the country's biggest instigators/liars, as they are the most poignant and honest debaters on TV, as far comedians go. The weird thing is, Glenn Beck doesn't pose his show as a fake news program (but it still is), as is most Fox News programming.

Posted by: fbutler1 | September 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a non-political rally to "Restore Honor" to America! Plus more Truthiness!!!I love it!!!

Posted by: squirebass | September 17, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

If you don't go to this, the terrorists will win!

Posted by: dmblum | September 17, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

After looking at the comments of the wing baggers, they better watch themselves or they could have a fatal stroke. Wait, is that bad for the nation? Wouldn't it show their true patriotism and willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country? They wouldn't need to draw Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, or any of the other Socialist programs that the US provides. This would help the debt and reduce entitlement spending. Wait, that's crazy! I guess we need these rallies in the worst way.

Posted by: JoeinCarolina | September 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Some how this is news? Nope, i think not. The ability of wapo to report news has bee questioned with reason for years, and this show s there is no reason to look to this formerly great paper for any news reporting.

Posted by: colleensdad | September 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

We get John Stewart and Stephen Colbert in Oz. After reading so many pro tea party and completely irrational posts in various WP articles, they restore my faith in the basic good sense of Americans.

Posted by: aussiebarry | September 17, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I just checked Facebook - Over TWO DOZEN of my friends are flying in to DC for this! I'm getting the feeling this could be much bigger and much more than a "marketing stunt."

Since we really do need sanity (moderates) to return, I think this will have a genuinely important purpose.

Posted by: thecheddar | September 17, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse


let's recover sanity or just live in fear.

If it rains? Oh god!
I mean, Glen BACK is gonna say that god send it, that god actually listens his prayers!
We know he has been talking to "god" for a while (could it be possible that god looks like O'R..., oh god!)
anyhow, it is free country and you can choose your god.

Anyway, i'll be there!


Posted by: marcelosba | September 17, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

My guess is the rallies will be hilarious and fun and classic Stewart/ Colbert--which is not really doing much for liberal causes, but helping liberals feel a bit better when their political goose is getting cooked.

They're brilliant comedians but unfortunately Beck runs circles around them when it comes to advancing political causes.

Posted by: jjohn2 | September 18, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Now I just need to find a bear costume to wear to the Colbert rally...

Posted by: whatmeregister | September 18, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

The article neglects to mention that the rally came about after a fan-driven viral internet campaign on reddit.com, which lobbied the Colbert Report to hold a satirical rally.

Fans sent the Colbert Report's studio stuffed toy geese and even released live doves near the studio (Glenn Beck said that a flock of geese that flew over his rally was a sign from God). The fan campaign has also raised over 250K for donorschoose.org, a Colbert Report sponsored charity that helps US teachers and students.

Posted by: mjp88 | September 18, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Wish I could go, but I live in Hawaii.

Posted by: dkeikoa | September 18, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Mormaer wrote: "Let us all make fun of pissed off people. It is so elite, so condescending, so cool."

Please don't feel so bad. Have a little fun, which is good for your health. Don't have an inferiority complex, we're all equal except for those who have a sense of humor and those who don't.

Posted by: thinkbeforeyoutalk | September 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Let's see. I am a 56 year-old, white, remarried widower with two masters degrees and a Ph.D. who still has hair (ok, so it is grey -- those that can do). I work as a analyst in the day, teach a college course at night and go to church on Sunday.

I hate politicians who appeal to my my religious beliefs or try to scare me to vote for them.

Can I come or am I in the wrong demographic? I promise to leave my computer at home.

Posted by: DrS1 | September 19, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. I am a 56 year-old, white, remarried widower with two masters degrees and a Ph.D. who still has hair (ok, so it is grey -- those that can do). I work as a analyst in the day, teach a college course at night and go to church on Sunday.

I hate politicians who appeal to my my religious beliefs or try to scare me to vote for them.

Can I come or am I in the wrong demographic? I promise to leave my computer at home.

Posted by: DrS1 | September 19, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's call O'Donnel maybe she can conjure up some spirits and we can all have a good time. Hope she refuses the invitation tat will piss the tea baggers off more. Living in Texas born in Washington wish I was home to see this one. Beck and Palin have the who GOP fooled at least Steward calls it down the line.

Posted by: MPWTIAN | September 19, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Wheee! Halloween in Washington, what a great
high concept! It'd be an honor to wave a flashlight for parking, to volunteer at a band-aid station, to wave and grin at a few...hundred...thousand....zillion other Americans I CAN TRUST...

Posted by: tigre1 | September 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm from delightfully leftist Madison, WI and I'm roadtripping out with 5 other people for the rally. I've talked to enough people who want to go, but can't afford the airfare or the time to drive. If we could charter a bus, we could easily bring a couple hundred people.

Posted by: MadisonMama | September 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I add my thanks to Stewart and Colbert Return to Sanity gathering at the D.C. Mall on October 30.

They resurrect the Swift and Voltaire exposure of stupidity of the culture of the Age of Reason in which they lived.

The Brits emasculated Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" by making it into a children's book. And to this day, many teachers in the lower grades assign it or read it in class as part of literature for children.

His "Modest Proposal" still packs a punch; and I will not slip into the error of relating any of the plot, because newspapers find it a bit too indelicate for many readers.

Voltaire's "Candide" examines Dr. Paingloss' assertion that we live in the best of all possible worlds, a notion alive to this day. Ole! Ole!

Stewart drags the shadowy world of politics out of Plato's cave and into the life giving sun light of our star. You might say he is 'star' crazy.

Colbert plays the role of a right wing know it all, who is unaware of any limits to stupitidy.

They are a rock and sock 'em combination who appeals to all who like the feel of laughter. I wish I could be there.

Posted by: grantup2gmailcom | September 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

These great events are already surpassing the gathering of racist stooges with Beck. Stewart and Colbert are providing the perfect response.

Posted by: revbookburn | September 20, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Now that Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell showed her satanic background, Glenn Beck doesn’t want to relate to the Tea Party because it will reflect bad on his religious oriented “restoring honor rally.” Still in an interview with 20/20, Glenn Beck admitted that he converted to Mormonism without spiritual conviction and mocked religion believes as a joke; but in the rally with Sarah Palin, Beck positions himself as a Christian leader?

Glenn Beck on 20/20 “Phony Mormonism conversion”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nFu7CBPjVg

Glenn Beck: “…My wife is like hot and she wouldn’t have sex with me until we get married and she wouldn’t marry me unless we have a religion and I like…EKKKKK …you have to be kidding me…I have to go to church for this…””

Posted by: seansmith5511 | September 20, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

My only worry is that a month from now we're all going to realize that, like Jon said, we do actually have busy lives, and these rallies will just seem like a complicated alternative to a restful Saturday. Guys, please please please, mark it on your calendars, arrange carpools, rent a room, and GO TO DC! If we all do what we say--unlike politicians--this could actually be historic. I can't wait to be a part of it!

Posted by: vkinnibu | September 21, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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