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TODAY'S QUESTION: Is the Rally to Restore Sanity entertainment or political?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 11:56 a.m. CDT; updated 4:10 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jon Stewart, comedian and host of Comedy Central's satirical news program "The Daily Show," announced on Sept. 16 that he was planning to hold a Rally to Restore Sanity. Immediately after, Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," announced that he was planning to hold a March to Keep Fear Alive.

Both are in response to two other rallies held on the same day. Glenn Beck held his Restoring Honor Rally, while Al Sharpton countered with his march to Reclaim the Dream. Stewart's and Colbert's rallies are satirical plays on Beck's and Sharpton's.

The rallies are scheduled for Saturday in Washington D.C. They come at an interesting time, with midterm elections right around the corner. Some politicians — specifically Democrats — worry that the satirical rallies will affect the election and encourage voters to abandon loyalties to Democrats.

Others look forward to the rallies with anticipation. The movement has spawned several local versions of the rally and Oprah plans to send people to D.C. for the weekend.

What do you think? Are the rallies entertainment or political?


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alex geiser October 27, 2010 | 1:42 p.m.

To really see what people are saying about the rally, check this site out http://public.contextmine.com/sanityandf...

It compiles online chatter about the Rally to Restore Sanity and the March to Keep Fear Alive from thousands of different social networks, giving you a pretty good understanding of public sentiment!

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Andrew Hansen October 28, 2010 | 9:24 a.m.

Um...they are both entertainment and political...no different than the Daily Show or Rush Limbaugh. (Seriously, can anything about politics really be just entertainment?)

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