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Rally to Restore Sanity

Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill, of Seattle, tucks a card promoting TV host Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' into a sign held by a protestor with the anti-Obama LaRouche PAC, who declined to be identified, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, outside Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where a rally with President Barack Obama and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is scheduled to be held later in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill, of Seattle, tucks a card promoting TV host Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" into a sign held by a protestor with the anti-Obama LaRouche PAC, who declined to be identified, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, outside Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where a rally with President Barack Obama and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is scheduled to be held later in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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  • Jim Rothe, left, and Paul Fouschia, both of Cincinnati, dressed as the 'Blues Brothers' at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. The 'sanity' rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Don Combs, left, and his wife Lisa Combs, of Long Island, New York, holds signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, in Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.  The 'sanity' rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Buttons for sale at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear are seen in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.  The 'sanity' rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Val Ibarra, 29, of San Francisco, Ca., holds up a sign at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. The  'sanity' rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • People gather near the stage for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear rally on the National Mall in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Tony Smick, of Madison, Wisconsin, right, attends the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. The  'sanity' rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • People int he crowd hold up homemade signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.  The 'sanity' rally, blending laughs and political activism, drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Sabrina de la Torre, center, laughs as footage from the Daily Show plays at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, in Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. The 'sanity' rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • People vie for position during Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, in Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. The 'sanity' rally, blending laughs and political activism, drew thousands to the National Mall Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill, of Seattle, tucks a card promoting TV host Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' into a sign held by a protestor with the anti-Obama LaRouche PAC, who declined to be identified, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, outside Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where a rally with President Barack Obama and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is scheduled to be held later in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A “sanity” rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the National Mall on Saturday, with comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times. Organizers insisted the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, just days before the congressional elections Tuesday, wasn’t about politics. Still, supporters and left-leaning advocacy groups hoped it would rekindle some of the voter enthusiasm for Democrats seen in 2008, particularly among young adults.

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