The last time a political rally in America gained such international traction was during the 2003 protests against the Iraq war, says Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.Look. I find the Tea Party deeply problematic, at best, and the Glenn Beck rally more or less obnoxious. But is a little frankly pro-Democratic rah-rah going to have a major impact on the election-day behavior of expats? Please.
Both American expatriates and foreign fans of "The Daily Show" and its creator, Mr. Stewart, are organizing meet-ups Saturday – everywhere from London to Tel Aviv to Seoul – to concur with the rally on the Washington Mall.
If they haven't been paying attention enough to the importance of this election up to this point, the Stewart rally is going to have an absolutely minuscule effect now. The expat vote has been historically fairly insignificant, and that's unlikely to change -- especially considering how close the rally was to the election itself. If an expat decided to vote just because of the rally, he probably still wouldn't have time to procure an absentee ballot.
The funny thing, the entire body of the article pretty directly contradicts the headline:
If Stewart's rally is just "another political performance catalyzed by celebrity icons," however, it is unlikely it can change the super-charged nature of American political debate, says Harvard's McCarthy.Uh-huh.
"Perhaps it will have an energizing affect," he says. "A spike in international or expatriate participation, I think, is a great thing. But I’m not super optimistic that will happen."