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Update: The organizer, Jim Baum, just called back. Turns out he was once interviewed by Stephen Colbert on The Daily Show . So meta. More

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Can't Join Jon Stewart in D.C.? Rally in Spirit at Westlake Center Oct. 30

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Update: The organizer, Jim Baum, just called back. Turns out he was once interviewed by Stephen Colbert on The Daily Show. So meta. More after the jump.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart says anyone who isn't "just, let's say, jumping up, grabbing the nearest stack of burnable holy books, strapping on a diaper, and just pointing your car towards D.C." is the kind of person he wants attending his Rally to Restore Sanity in D.C. next month.

Unfortunately for us Seattleites, the Washington Monument is so far we'd need a case of Huggies to have a shot at making the National Mall on a cross country road trip anyway.

But don't toss your "I Disagree With You, But I'm Pretty Sure You're Not Hitler" sign yet. A satellite rally that day at Westlake Plaza is in the works.

Using an anonymous Facebook page, someone created the local event yesterday and as of this writing, 65 people had already signed up to attend. They have been suggesting sign slogans like "ALL America is REAL America," "Moderate... to the Extreme," and "BE REASONABLE."

The unnamed organizer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One attendee suggested speakers for the event that don't quite fall under the rubric of Stewart's motto "Take It Down a Notch for America" including Dan Savage and Sherman Alexie. But if the only Hitler mustaches are drawn on images that are "actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles," as Stewart requests, the event will at least seem less crazy than Glenn Beck's August Teabagger fest.

No word yet on a satellite event for Stephen Colbert's competing "March to Keep Fear Alive."

Update:

In Feb. 1999, while still a Daily Show correspondent, Stephen Colbert interviewed Jim Baum at his home after King County refused to let him turn it into a horse ranch due to a number of endangered species living on or near his land including Sasquatch.

Still a fan of the show, Baum was watching when Stewart announced his rally last Thursday.

"Like a lot of people I've been really frustrated watching the Tea Party and the nonsense that goes on," he says. "I thought well not all of us can go to Washington D.C."

He created the Facebook page last Friday just to see what would happen and people quickly started following it. This morning the city confirmed that Westlake is available on Oct. 30 so he reserved it, making the event official, and got in touch with the state Democratic Party looking for help with staging and sound systems.

Despite looking to the state Dems for help, Baum says he's trying to keep the event non-partisan. He says that in addition to encouraging more measured political discourse, he hopes his rally will help remind younger voters to send in their ballots.

 
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