Sam Waterston

October 30, 2010 by USA Post 

Sam Waterston, (AP) – Laughing “common sense” A blend of political activism and rally drew thousands to the National Mall on Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as little maestros of moderation and civility in time polarized.

Organizers insisted the “Restore Sanity Rally and / or fear,” a few days before the congressional elections Tuesday, has no policy. Yet, proponents and advocacy groups, left it hopes revive enthusiasm of voters for Democrats saw in 2008, particularly among young adults.

Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” is especially popular with Democrats and independents, a survey by the Pew Research Center found. Colbert of The Colbert Report “poses as a hardliner, and Saturday stage was stacked with artists associated with Democratic causes or President Barack Obama 2008 campaign.

Although Stewart said the day was reducing the anger and partisan division. “Yelling is boring, cons-productive and terrible for the gorge,” he said on his website.

The list of musicians including Sheryl Crow and The Roots. Actor Sam Waterston and Don Novello, who played Father Guido Sarducci years on “Saturday Night Live”, were also expected to appear.

The broad rally generated buzz on the Internet, with over 226,000 people on a Facebook page created for the event, saying they would attend. The liberal Huffington Post has been sending a caravan of 10,000 people on the 200 buses from New York, while Oprah Winfrey has expressed its support by providing travel expenses to a public “Daily Show” studio of approximately 200 members so they can attend.

Permit Park Comedy Central puts the crowd estimate at 60,000. There were plans for rallies in satellite cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Honolulu.

Stewart and Colbert urged participants to make signs with slogans such as “Real patriots can handle a difference of opinion”,”It could be worse, but do not do it that way, “and” Death to person. ”

Organizing for America, Obama’s political operation according to the Democratic National Committee headquarters, was establishing a “Phone Bank for Sanity” after the rally to urge people to vote on Tuesday.

Planning groups to enlist supporters at the event include Naral Pro-Choice America, DC Vote, which aims to give DC a voting representative in the House, and funders of Proposition 19 in California to legalize marijuana.

“The vitriol and hatred toward our president and the Democrats, it has become so extreme that it sort of scares me,” said Margaret Espaillat, 49, of Orlando, Florida, which hopes to improve the Rally the political tone and galvanize the Democrats. She had planned to attend with her three sons who are in college and her husband, a colonel in the Army.

Saturday’s event mirrors “Restore honor” rally in August by Glenn Beck, Fox News commentator popular among conservatives and supporters of the party tea. Beck, too, played at his event as a political demonstration, Stewart described her simply as an alternative format for humor new model seen by millions of viewers every night on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert postponement. ”

On his radio show this week, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh mocked the event Saturday. He says he will give the tea party and other conservatives a chance to build the turnout for Tuesday, while Democrats come to Washington to smoke doobies “and listen to a” couple Comedians of half-baked. ”

The rally is to promote charitable causes. Stewart asks participants to help restore the National Mall, which has 400 million backlog of deferred maintenance. Colbert asks people to help in selecting donors, who raise money for school supplies; proceeds from the sale of goods will also be paid to rally the Yellow Ribbon Fund to assist wounded soldiers.

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