Was Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Resore Sanity' a Success?

Officially staged for comedy, Saturday's "Rally to Restore Sanity" carried strong political undertones.

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Comedy Central hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert co-hosted the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, which drew tens of thousands of attendees. Throughout the event Stewart stressed that the rally was not meant to be political and that he and Colbert were there as entertainers. But they still spoke out strongly against lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and also presented skits on racial diversity, religious tolerance, and "sanity." "This was a not a rally to ridicule people's faith or people's activism ... or suggest that times are not difficult or that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live in hard times, not end times," Stewart said. Held just three days before tomorrow's midterm elections, which could see Republicans overtake congressional Democrats in the U.S. House and maybe the Senate, many in the crowd saw the rally as an opportunity to air their frustrations on the state of politics in Washington and the enthusiasm gap between the two parties. [See photos of the rally.]

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