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The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear Marks Historic Day for America


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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's joint rally dubbed The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear is a huge success thus far. The event organized by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and broadcasted by Comedy Central drew several hundred thousand people. The timing (just 3 days before the election) was calculated and brilliant. Face it - the Republicans have been gaining the upper hand in the media and the Democrats have been on the defensive. Even President Obama made the bold move of going on Jon Stewart's Daily Show on Wednesday. That tells you how desperate the Democratic party is to "reconnect" with their young, liberal base.

For those who feel that Democrats are going down without a fight this Tuesday; think again. Sure, our nation is mired in economic uncertainity not seen in over 50 years and is saddled with debt we have never seen. Yes, the unemployment rate is hovering in the mid 9% range. Obama's approval rating has suffered and there is a backlash against Democrats.

With that said, looking at the turnout for Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear one is left with the same feeling of energy, optimism, and vigor from the Left, which we saw in 2008. Originally, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert planned their own rallies dubbed The Rally to Restore Sanity and March to Keep Fear Alive respectfully. Then on October 14th it was decided they would combine both rallies into one.

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The presentation was incredible, from Stewart's opening speech to Ozzie Osbourne ambushing the stage while Cat Stevens played. Stewart and Colbert used the stage to celebrate American unity and patriotism. Never once did they take themselves seriously.

They had a plethora of special guests including The Roots (their official band), Ozzie Osbourne, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crowe, and even Jacob Isom, the man known as the "Dude, you have no Koran" guy. Law and Order's Sam Waterston even made an appearance delivering the "greatest poem ever."

"It doesn't matter what we said or did today, but what is reported about what we said or did today", said Jon Stewart. Judging by the overwhelming support and evergy emanating from The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, one has to be pretty proud if they're a Democrat or an American for that matter.

Saturday October 30, 2010 is not just a historic day for Democrats, but a historic day for America. It marks the first time two comedic icons in Colbert and Stewart rallied thousands upon thousands of people together to join hands at one of America's sacred rallying grounds. Today's event should provide a jolt to a party which needs a fire lit under it with just 3 days left prior to the elections.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com