Did Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Restore Sanity?

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Photo: (C) Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

No doubt the our two revered political comedians will be sparring for weeks to come with Glenn Beck over whose rally drew more people, but for now, let’s focus on what, if anything, they actually achieved. New York Magazine does a round up:

So what happened? Well:

People wore costumes. “One man wore only a diaper and a sombrero, and carried a large wooden anchor — a depiction of ‘an anchor baby,’ the name conservative talk show hosts have given to children born in the United States to immigrant parents … Some people donned faux Tea Party costumes, while others dressed as Harry Potter characters, robots and space aliens.” [NYT, NYDN]

Celebrities showed up. The tally, thus far: The Roots, John Legend, Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, R2-D2, Cat Stevens, and Ozzy Osbourne. [Caucus/NYT, Gawker, Daily Intel]

The signs were creative. A sampling: “I wouldn’t presume to tell God who he hates,” “I was told there would be donuts,” “Don’t Believe Rally Signs,” “Obama is not a Muslim, but it would be okay if he was,” and “If Obama’s a Muslim, can we have Fridays off?” [TPM, Buzzfeed]

Some folks even wore T-shirts that read “I Love America” in Arabic. Aw. [Jezebel]

In total, around 215,000 people attended the rally yesterday, according to CBS. 87,000 showed up at Glenn Beck’s rally last summer, according to CBS. [CBS]

But was sanity restored to the U.S.? What was Stewart’s point, anyway? Did he save the Democratic party? What does it all mean!? Here’s what a bunch of other people observed:

Even without plugging specific politicians, the event was highly political. “Though at no point during the show did either man plug a political candidate, a strong current of political engagement coursed through the enormous crowd, which stretched several long blocks west of the Capitol … For many who came, the rally was an opportunity to take control of the political narrative, if only for one sunny Saturday afternoon. Participants, overwhelmingly liberal, wore political buttons, waved flags and carried signs, often with funny messages … But beyond the goofiness, the rally seemed to be channeling something deep – a craving to be heard and a frustration with the lack of leadership, less by President Obama than by a Democratic Party that many participants described as timid, fearful, and failing to stand up for what they see as the president’s accomplishments.” [NYT] …

Read the rest at New York Magazine.

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12 Comments on "Did Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Restore Sanity?"

  1. emperorreagan | Nov 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm |

    I went, did a lot of public drinking, then was sorely disappointed when I found out the Westboro Baptist church wasn’t there because I wanted to go make fun of them.

  2. emperorreagan | Nov 1, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    I went, did a lot of public drinking, then was sorely disappointed when I found out the Westboro Baptist church wasn’t there because I wanted to go make fun of them.

  3. lost in thought | Nov 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm |

    I went and was disappointed because I couldn’t hear or see anything.

  4. lost in thought | Nov 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

    I went and was disappointed because I couldn’t hear or see anything.

  5. I went for the music and most people i talked 2 went for the same reason.

  6. I went for the music and most people i talked 2 went for the same reason.

  7. Cat Stevens… A perfect example of sanity and peaceful intentions… Yeah… Maybe next time they should check who they let in.

  8. Cat Stevens… A perfect example of sanity and peaceful intentions… Yeah… Maybe next time they should check who they let in.

  9. BUT, wouldn’t that be hate speech? lol

  10. emperorreagan | Nov 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm |

    Probably would’ve been more along the lines of sexual harassment.

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