The Democrats and Jon Stewart's Big Rally

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Sept. 21 2010 11:06 AM

The Democrats and Jon Stewart's Big Rally

I have a piece up answering the question that some Democratic organizers are asking themselves: Is the big Comedy Central rally on 10/30/10 going to be bad for them? Is it going to make them look smug and take their GOTV people out of the field for a day? I talked to some worried liberals whose comments didn't make the final cut, and after the article went up I got this bit of collar-tugging from a Democratic strategist.

I see over 300 of my friends on Facebook who said they were going,hundreds of which are members of local county committees.  Having run many campaigns here, theseare EXACTLY the people who are usually helping on GOTV weekend.  Thisrally could turn a 400 person final weekend canvass into a100 person canvass.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.