Dems seek Jon Stewart boost, stage 'Phone Bank to Restore Sanity'

Facing dire prospects at the polls, Organizing for America, the permanent incarnation of the Obama presidential campaign, is looking for help from Saturday's Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert “nonpartisan” rally on the Mall. “We need folks to turn the energy from that rally into action by contacting key voters across the country and making sure they have a plan to vote by November 2nd,” Organizing for America officials say in a new email to supporters. “That's why we're holding a special phone bank just after the rally.”

The phone bank will be held at Democratic National Committee offices near the Mall. “After the rally, come to the Democratic national headquarters to spread the sanity by calling voters in some of the country's closest races,” an Organizing for America website says. “Food and drink will be provided.”

“Stop the insanity! Make sure everyone votes on Tuesday.”

Stewart claims his rally will be nonpartisan. “If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence, we couldn't,” he has said. “That's sort of the point.”

President Obama, working to boost Democratic turnout next Tuesday, has endorsed the event. “[Jon Stewart] is going to host a rally called something like Americans in Favor of a Return to Sanity or something like that,” Obama told an audience in Richmond, Virginia a few weeks ago. “And his point was, you know, 70 percent of the people, it doesn't matter what their political affiliation is, 70 percent of the folks are just like you, which is going about their business….having those voices lifted up is really important.”

On Stewart's program Wednesday night, Obama was questioned about his administration's record and again brought up the rally. “You know, the other thing that might have made a difference is if you had held the Rally to Restore Sanity two years ago,” Obama said. “That might have made a difference.”

 

Beltway ConfidentialUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

City officials closed San Francisco County Jail No. 4 on the top floor of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St. in September, reducing the number of beds in the jail system by about 400. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
SF jail closure prompts doctor to call for release of more inmates

Reduced space increases risk of COVID-19 spreading among those in custody

Cyclists have flocked to Market Street since private vehicles were largely banned from a long stretch of it in January. (Amanda Peterson/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Plans for sidewalk-level bikeway on Market Street dropped due to costs, increased cyclist volume

Advocates say revisions to Better Market Street fail to meet safety goals of project

Prop. 21 would allow San Francisco city officials to expand rent control to cover thousands more units. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Tenant advocates take another try at expanding rent control with Prop. 21

Measure would allow city to impose new protections on properties 15 years or older

Tenderloin residents are finding benefits to having roads closed in the neighborhood. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Should there be fewer cars in the Tenderloin’s future?

The pandemic has opened San Franciscans’ eyes to new uses of urban streets

Singer-songwriter Cam is finding musicmaking to be healing during 2020’s world health crisis. 
Courtesy 
Dennis Leupold
Cam challenges country music tropes

Bay Area-bred songwriter releases ‘The Otherside’

Most Read