Finally, a Rally for the Rest of Us

Because the account two weeks ago of Glenn Beck’s populist revival received so many comments, I couldn’t help but take note of an upcoming event that is sure to gain traction. Even as it seems that our nation’s public discourse could not get lower into the mud, a bright light appears on the horizon.

The inimitable duo of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will be keeping it classy on the National Mall on Saturday, October 30 with twin gatherings: Stewart will preside over the Rally to Restore Sanity, while Colbert’s stage persona will lead the satirical March to Keep Fear Alive.

From the Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy” blog:

On his show, Stewart spouted a number of slogans to promote his event, including “Take it down a notch for America.” He also promised pre-made signs for attendees to wave around, with signs ranging from “9/11 was an outside job,” to “Got Competence?” and “I disagree with you, but I’m pretty sure you’re not Hitler.”

Watch the videos below, too. Thank goodness for these guys. How did it come to be that two of the most level-headed and mature current-events commentators on TV today are on Comedy Central?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
March to Keep Fear Alive
Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election Fox News