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Rally to Restore Sanity: National Mall filled for the Stewart-Colbert event

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(Read caption) Comedians Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart perform during their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 30. The "sanity" rally blending laughs and political activism drew thousands to the mall with Stewart and Colbert casting themselves as the unlikely maestros of moderation and civility in polarized times.

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They came from far and near, some wielding signs and hoping to attract a little attention, others just to watch the show.

But what seemed to unite the tens of thousands who converged on the National Mall on a sunny Saturday in Washington for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was a genuine desire to push back against the strong rightward tilt of the 2010 midterm campaign.

“I don’t know why people are so standoffish about saying what they are. I’m a Democrat!” said Judy Greenstein, a retired English professor from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

“I feel so strongly against what Glenn Beck stands for – whatever that is,” she added, referring to the conservative Fox News showman who held his own mega-rally here two months ago called Restoring Honor. “I hope this will make a difference.”

IN PICTURES: Who will be at the Rally to Restore Sanity?

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