Image Credit: Michael Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty IThe party started in the Metro. Legions of 20-somethings far too chipper for the time of day – 9 a.m. – piled into the already overcrowded train in Washington D.C., surprisingly eager to stand back-to-back (or front-to-back, however they could fit) with perfect strangers. They wore t-shirts that chose sides (Team Stewart vs. Team Colbert), dressed in Halloween costumes (Where’s Waldo? I saw him on the Orange line), and held signs that showed their semi-enthusiasm for our government (“I don’t mind paying taxes, because I went to public school.”). For a group of people headed to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, things were pretty insane. But insane in that kind of this-party-is-off-the-hook kind of way, not insane in the let’s-grab-our-guns-and-draw-Hitler-mustaches-on-things kind of way.
No, the scene on the train was completely controlled insanity – people politely squeezing into the crowd while saying, “Excuse me,” and shrugging their shoulders when the Metro train shut down due to overcrowding, forcing the mob to walk the last few miles to the Mall – together. Indeed, the rally seemed a group effort. Even on the way, one girl, fearing she was lost, broke down crying, leading half a dozen fellow rally-goers nearby to take her under their wing. But her frustration was understandable – what with an estimated 250,000 rally-goers in attendance – according to Comedy Central – it was easy to feel overwhelmed by the scene. (Especially since the city did not seem prepared for the high volume of foot and train traffic. See: aforementioned broken-down Metro.) And if I thought the train theatrics were a sight to behold, the Mall itself was even more of a circus: READ FULL STORY