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Rally pushed positive tone, not action at polls

The left is poised to take a beating in tomorrow’s midterm elections, despite a weekend rally aimed to combat conservative fervor.

The left is poised to take a beating in tomorrow’s midterm elections, despite a weekend rally aimed to combat conservative fervor.

And some of those who trekked to the capital say that’s OK with them.

“It was just a fun weekend and I think that’s the entire point,” said Warren Adcock, 26, a graduate student in New York.

Dubbed the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” the event hosted by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert attracted people from all corners of the country to tout reasonableness.

CBS estimated a crowd of 215,000. An August rally organized by conservative Glenn Beck attracted 87,000 people and spurred the call for an opposing rally.

But will Saturday's event change sway any views or votes tomorrow?

“People that don’t normally vote, stuff like this really makes them a lot more aware of what they really need to do,” said Sarah Khan, 29, a Manhattan-based magazine editor.

The rally confirmed her decision to vote, she said, although she wouldn’t push others to the polls.

“I’m not a big activist,” she said.

Stewart and Colbert often target Washington and its politicians in their mock newscasts. They avoided overt references to political positions at the rally although they are seen as liberal.

Andrew Breitbart, a right-wing activist and blogger, said the rally typified the liberal media's disdain for ordinary Americans.

"It's very motivating for conservatives to have that stereotyped group of Manhattan elitists, know-it-alls, snarky, smarmy liberals to be looking down on average Americans."

 
 
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