Jon Stewart announced a “Rally To Restore Sanity” on Thursday night’s The Daily Show. He also called it, with a certain hopefulness, “A Million Moderate March.” Attempting to gather what he called the “70-to-80 percent” of Americans who aren’t extremists on the right or the left, Stewart invited viewers to come to Washington’s National Mall “on 10/30/10″ to embody common sense under the banner “Take It Down A Notch For America.”
Knowing that appealing to folks who are reasonable and usually “have s— to do,” unlike most protesters, Stewart said he’d even supply signs for the crowd to hold up. Signs like “I Disagree With You But I’m Pretty Sure You’re Not Hitler.” Oh, and: “Legalize Pot.”
Yes, Stewart admitted, The Daily Show will be in Washington during that time anyway, taping shows to air Oct. 25-28. Yes, Stewart is out promoting his new book, Earth (The Book), for which he’ll even appear once again on The O’Reilly Factor, on Sept. 22.
But Stewart, as usual, slides a sliver of seriousness into his grand joke of The Rally To Restore Sanity: He’d like to see more civil discourse dominate the news cycle.
Not to be outdone, Stephen Colbert immediately announced on The Colbert Report that he’ll host his own rally on the same day in the same location. It will be called the “March To Keep Fear Alive.”
Would you attend either of these rallies?