Rally to Restore Sanity: National Mall filled for the Stewart-Colbert event
From around the country, tens of thousand gathered for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear organized by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Will it make any difference once the harsh midterm elections are over?
They came from far and near, some wielding signs and hoping to attract a little attention, others just to watch the show.Skip to next paragraph
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But what seemed to unite the tens of thousands who converged on the National Mall on a sunny Saturday in Washington for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was a genuine desire to push back against the strong rightward tilt of the 2010 midterm campaign.
“I feel so strongly against what Glenn Beck stands for – whatever that is,” she added, referring to the conservative Fox News showman who held his own mega-rally here two months ago called Restoring Honor. “I hope this will make a difference.”
Not everyone was a Democrat. Some had also attended the Beck rally. Others were intentionally nonpolitical.
Clare Rosenberg, a student adviser at American Public University from Vienna, Va., carried a sign that said, “I like cheese.” This rally was for people to “come together and not be extreme one way or another,” she said, describing herself as socially liberal, but not affiliated with a party.
One woman from Knoxville, Tenn., said she’s also not a fan of either party, but she’s already voted for Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, a Republican, for governor of Tennessee, because “he’s a good guy.”
So why buy a plane ticket to come all the way to Washington to stand with a big crowd on the Mall that leans to the left?