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Old 10-05-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Is Jon Stewart Good for the GOP?

Yes, Jon Stewart is a gift to the GOP, i hope everyone of you democrats go to this "Rally to Restore Sanity" or the "Keep Fear Alive" rally, especially in the areas where we have close political races.

Stewartpalooza is happening the weekend before the critical congressional elections. It will suck up plenty of media attention -- and resources. Think of all the people who will be coming -- and the time and money it will take them to plan the trip and to travel to and from the nation's capital. These folks are likely to be more sympathetic to Democrats than Republicans, despite Stewart's skewer-'em-all approach. So if the pro-sanity crowd is packing bags and heading to Washington on the last weekend prior to the elections, these people won't be knocking on doors or making phone calls to get out the vote for Democratic candidates.
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:46 PM
 
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They're doing political parody? And this is a problem because....?

I missed the last part of your post--I promise, the people who would normally be phone banking and door knocking AREN'T going to be at the rally. The rally will be mainly kids...

Have you ever made calls or done door knocking? I'm 50 and I'm one of the younger ones . It's something traditionally done by retirees...
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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I definitely see how it could potentially hurt Democrats in the election. I'm reminded of what happened during and after the Paul Wellstone rally following his death.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:11 PM
 
Location: California
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I don't think it matters who he "helps" or "hurts". He is a comedian.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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It'll only matter if it pulls away campaign volunteers from tight races in the immediate area, and I find that really unlikely. I highly doubt people from anywhere are going to fly in for this, unless they do it just to see a comedy performance--how many people travel to go see a show? It's not a political rally--it's entertainment. It's political parody.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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Stephen Colbert is creepy. He makes good points. But something is up with his eyes. Dark and cold.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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Actually if this has any impact I think its possible it will be a net positive for Democrats. I doubt many people who are highly involved with campaigns will choose the rally over campaigning, and this could help energize portions of the Dem base. Well educated 20 and 30 somethings are Stewart's base and those who are most likely to show up to the rally. They are also a key part of the Democratic base, and some concerns are whether or not they will turn out. Something like this although more comedic than political could help energize that base.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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Actually if this has any impact I think its possible it will be a net positive for Democrats. I doubt many people who are highly involved with campaigns will choose the rally over campaigning, and this could help energize portions of the Dem base. Well educated 20 and 30 somethings are Stewart's base and those who are most likely to show up to the rally. They are also a key part of the Democratic base, and some concerns are whether or not they will turn out. Something like this although more comedic than political could help energize that base.
Very good point--I think you're probably right.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:28 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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It'll only matter if it pulls away campaign volunteers from tight races in the immediate area, and I find that really unlikely. I highly doubt people from anywhere are going to fly in for this, unless they do it just to see a comedy performance--how many people travel to go see a show? It's not a political rally--it's entertainment. It's political parody.

The rally is the weekend of Halloween, not typically a time when campaign volunteers go door-to-door anyway or even man a phone bank. I would go if I could travel. I love both those guys but I don't think the rally will hurt or help the democrats.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I definitely see how it could potentially hurt Democrats in the election. I'm reminded of what happened during and after the Paul Wellstone rally following his death.
Hopefully this will not actually be a nasty political event, but then again, neither was the Wellstone rally.... err, I mean memorial.
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