Last week, Jon Stewart announced that on October 30th– that’s next month, kids– he’d be holding a “Restoring Sanity Rally” in Washington, D.C. The rally is meant to act as a counterpoint to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally”, which happened a few weeks back and attracted roughly 90,000 unique…um…people. With Stephen Colbert holding a “March to Keep Fear Alive” on the same day, what are the odds that Comedy Central’s got FOX News beat? Pretty good, actually…
We had some fun mocking Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor Rally” a few weeks ago, and, oh, how the hate mail did flow. Thousands of people showed up to watch Beck, Sarah Palin, and some baseball player congregate on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and for anyone that doesn’t subscribe to Beck’s very particular form of hysteria, it was pretty depressing to see 87,000 people show up to watch it go down.
As such, Jon Stewart announced on The Daily Show last week that he’d be holding his own rally, called the “Restoring Sanity Rally” (plus-one, Stewart: plus-one), on October 30th. Stewart explained the significance of the date as: “…the 36th anniversary of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s ‘Rumble in The Jungle’ bout”, but went on to admit that it had more to do with The Daily Show (and The Colbert Report, whose “March to Keep Fear Alive” will be happening concurrently) already being in Washington around that time for a series of episodes.
According to echoflam.com’s Political Buzz Examiner, Ryan Witt, we’re already seeing a showdown in terms of rally-attendance for Comedy Central’s epic shindig. Over on Facebook, the page that The Daily Show’s set up to invite fans of the show to their rally has yielded 93,000 “Will Attend” notices, with 48,000 saying they “Might Attend”. Over on Colbert’s page, 37,000 say they’re definitely due to arrive, while another 14,000 are saying they may show up. If we assume that everyone’s telling the truth here (and they’re not, as anyone who’s ever set up a Facebook page for a party can assure you), that means that 192,000 people may be descending on Washington the day before Halloween to help Comedy Central stick it to Glenn Beck.
There’s bound to be an epic p-ssing match over the head-count before this is all said and done. Beck’s claim to 675,000 attendees has been countered by a count done by an independent firm paid by CBS News, who put the number at closer to 90,000. While we’re finding it incredibly hard to believe that Glenn Beck might just– y’know– make something up, it’s far more likely that he just lost count around 80,000 and guesstimated the rest. Guess we’ll have to wait and see who wins, head-count-wise, huh?
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