Daily Archives: October 31, 2010

Rally For Sanity Draws Celebrities and a Crowd of Thousands in Washington

As the politicians are in the home stretch for the November 2 midterm elections Comedy Central stars Steven Colbert and John Stewart held their so-called “Rally for Sanity and /or Fear” on the Capitol Mall in Washington DC on Saturday.

Celebration including singers Cheryl Crow and Kid Rock performed. Stewart and Colbert did their stick. Also there was former Saturday Night Live character Father Guido Sarducci and the hosts of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters also were there.

Democrats  advertising a get out to vote phone bank to remind demonstrators to vote on Tuesday. From AP via Yahoo News:

In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a huge throng Saturday at a “sanity” rally poking fun at the nation’s ill-tempered politics, fear-mongers and doomsayers.

“We live now in hard times,” Stewart said after all the shtick. “Not end times.”

Part comedy show, part pep talk, the rally drew together tens of thousands stretched across an expanse of the National Mall, a festive congregation of the goofy and the politically disenchanted. People carried signs merrily protesting the existence of protest signs. Some dressed like bananas, wizards, Martians and Uncle Sam.

Stewart, a satirist who makes his living skewering the famous, came to play nice. He decried the “extensive effort it takes to hate” and declared “we can have animus and not be enemies.”

Organizing for America, Obama’s political operation based at Democratic National Committee headquarters, was mounting a “Phone Bank for Sanity” to urge people to vote Tuesday.

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