Tomorrow is the Rally… are you going to D.C.?
Tomorrow will be the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are pulling off on the National Mall. What seems to have stated as a satirical copy of the Glenn Beck Rally to Restore Honor, all of a sudden the Stewart/Colbert gathering is starting to be taken seriously… at least 8 commenters in this morning’s NY Times, various television coverage pieces both Nationally and on the DC local stations, Time Magazine… and on it goes.
Speaking of Time Magazine, this from their article on the Rally is why the two comedians are holding it:
Based on what Stewart and Colbert have said, though, the focus of the rally is the ugliness of political debate: the Hitler comparisons, the head-stomping, the conspiracy theories, the assumption that your opponent is also your enemy and must always be assumed to be acting in bad faith. In announcing the rally, Stewart said that the maybe 15% or 20% of Americans who act this way dominate the conversation and the media, crowding out the other 80% or so, who could probably agree on reasonable compromises but don’t have time to obsess on partisan warfare. To paraphrase Yeats, the worst are full of passionate intensity; the best “have shit to do.”
So, this is a way to get ready for Halloween, let’s say. But is it going to have any effect on the election next week? Perhaps a little in the local area. I’m not sure about it’s National Effect (although it is interesting that people like Oprah Winfrey are providing tickets to get groups of people there and Arianna Huffington is providing buses from New York. These are politically “with it” celebrities and they give a distinct mark of reality to the whole thing.
- 4 Reasons Why Jon Stewart’s Restoring Sanity Rally Is Great for Progressives (alternet.org)
- LAUGH LINES: Will the rally be funny? (politico.com)
- Stewart-Colbert rally – organized in jest – drawing a serious crowd (philly.com)
- Just who does Jon Stewart think he is? (washingtonpost.com)
- Stephen Colbert fans rally to ‘keep fear alive’ in Seattle (seattlepi.com)
- Your Boyfriend Jon Stewart Will Not be in Seattle this Weekend (seattlest.com)
- Where to Watch Jon Stewart’s Daily Show Rally Live (newteevee.com)
- If you’re going to Jon Stewart’s ‘Restoring Sanity’ rally, let’s talk (timesunion.com)
Posted on October 29, 2010, in Art, Arts, campaign, Congress, Economics, Education, event, funny, history, humor, Internet, News, Opinion, Politics, Press, Stephen Colbert, Television, Video, vote, Word from Bill and tagged Arianna Huffington, Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart, National Mall, New York, New York Times, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Colbert. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.