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

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Not everyone was a Democrat. Some had also attended the Beck rally. Others were intentionally nonpolitical.

Clare Rosenberg, a student adviser at American Public University from Vienna, Va., carried a sign that said, “I like cheese.” This rally was for people to “come together and not be extreme one way or another,” she said, describing herself as socially liberal, but not affiliated with a party.

One woman from Knoxville, Tenn., said she’s also not a fan of either party, but she’s already voted for Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, a Republican, for governor of Tennessee, because “he’s a good guy.”

So why buy a plane ticket to come all the way to Washington to stand with a big crowd on the Mall that leans to the left?

'One more body in the sanity column'

“I wanted to be one more body counted in the sanity column,” said the woman from Tennessee, a retired publisher. And what’s the definition of sanity? She thought a moment, then offered this: “It’s speaking truth as opposed to platitudes – platitudes like ‘cut taxes’.”

Mr. Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” has long pleaded for “reasonableness” in public discourse, and makes a tidy living skewering both parties, but clearly has a bigger following on the left.

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