Comedian Jon Stewart plans to hold a rally for viewers and fans in Washington on October 30. Dubbed the "Rally to Restore Sanity," the event is seen as a response to a similar rally held by Glenn Beck over the summer.
Lending their support to the rally are high-profile liberals such as Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey. Conservative critics allege Stewart is attempting to mobilize young viewers and influence the November 2 elections.
Indeed, the rally is seen as benefiting Obama and the Democrats, who are likely to the polls next week. Obama in turn plans to appear on Stewart's show.
Whether Stewart's fan base can stay energized and show up at the polls remains to be seen. November 2, after all, marks the return of the McRib sandwich at McDonald's.