Stewart, Colbert to Hold "Competing" Rallies
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert each appeared on each others' show last night to announce competing rallies in Washington, D.C. on October 30, just before the midterm elections.
Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive" appear to be plays on Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring Honor" rally, which drew thousands of Tea Party supporters to the capital.
Marc Ambinder: "Stewart and Colbert have disclaimed any interest in participating in politics. But the timing, and message, are undeniably political -- and not helpful to conservatives. Audiences for both shows tend to be younger and more liberal than the older, conservative independents who watch Fox News... Depending on how the media covers the run-up to these rallies, Stewart and Colbert could generate interest and enthusiasm among the type of voters who have so far been turned off by the independent conservative resurgence."