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Just How Big Was The Stewart-Colbert Rally?
TPM ^ | 10/30/10 | Evan McMorris-Santoro

Posted on 10/30/2010 4:33:26 PM PDT by Tea Roll

No one seems to be sure exactly how many people packed the National Mall today for the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, but there's one thing everyone can agree on: sanity and/or fear are extremely popular.

MTV's spokesperson told the Washington City Paper's Mike Madden that 250,000 people came out to see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take the stage Saturday, while Viacom (the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central, home to Stewart's and Colbert's show) told the New York Times' Brian Stelter that "well over 200,000" were in....

At the rally itself, Mythbusters hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage said they counted about 150,000....

To be sure, even the smaller estimates show an extremely large crowd for a DC event, even one in this year of tea party rallies packing the Mall and the Capitol lawn. I have been to many a tea party rally, from the big ones to the small ones, and jammed in the crowd at Stewart's rally as I was today I can say there was an amazingly big turnout....

(Excerpt) Read more at tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: colbert; rallytorestorefear; rallytorestoresanity; sniff; stewart; victorkilo; vikingkitties; zot; zuluoscartango
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1 posted on 10/30/2010 4:33:27 PM PDT by Tea Roll
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To: Tea Roll

IBTZ!


2 posted on 10/30/2010 4:35:23 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just another white boy riding in the back of the bus.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
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3 posted on 10/30/2010 4:36:21 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Live and Let Live; is not working...)
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To: Tea Roll

Well since we are so ‘evenly divided’, how do we tell who to shoot when the shots start flying?


4 posted on 10/30/2010 4:36:38 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (If you try to remove the 1st Amendment, we'll just have to move on to the next Amendment)
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To: Tea Roll
I have no confidence in this report.

I don't trust the Liberal or far Left media.

5 posted on 10/30/2010 4:36:52 PM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Tea Roll

We need some overhead shots. I have yet to see any so maybe they are hiding something?


6 posted on 10/30/2010 4:36:57 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Tea Roll

IBTZ


7 posted on 10/30/2010 4:37:16 PM PDT by LowOiL (In Limbo)
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To: Tea Roll

Well, that’s what happens when you bus people in.
Can we say “Astroturf”?


8 posted on 10/30/2010 4:38:05 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Aww come on...just because little old ‘tea roll’ just joined on 10/21 doesn’t mean he or she is a troll... (does it??)


9 posted on 10/30/2010 4:38:37 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (If you try to remove the 1st Amendment, we'll just have to move on to the next Amendment)
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To: Tea Roll

Created an account today to post this?


10 posted on 10/30/2010 4:38:46 PM PDT by barnicus
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To: Tea Roll

p.s. Why shouldn’t Sorosites write comments in Free Republic? It would be useful for them to do so.


11 posted on 10/30/2010 4:39:20 PM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Tea Roll

Looked like 5k people.


12 posted on 10/30/2010 4:39:33 PM PDT by taxtruth
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To: netmilsmom

OK

ASTROTURF!


13 posted on 10/30/2010 4:39:53 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Tea Roll

Big deal . . . they could have gotter 150,000 just from college kids within driving distance, nevermind the AFSCME union members.


14 posted on 10/30/2010 4:40:12 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Looking at the short posting history,looks like a bad act.
Keep your weapons handy, kitties.


15 posted on 10/30/2010 4:41:18 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: MileHi

lol!


16 posted on 10/30/2010 4:41:21 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Tea Roll

I saw overhead shots on another thread. Not even close to the other rallies. Possibly one-third the crowd. No matter. Tuesday we kick all their @sses. Volunteer, call, donate and vote!


17 posted on 10/30/2010 4:41:53 PM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: Tea Roll
You mean the rally where participants weren't allowed to bring cameras?

Where are the pictures of the Mall showing how many people were there?

18 posted on 10/30/2010 4:41:54 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: All

we need to see the aerial photo


19 posted on 10/30/2010 4:42:13 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Carl LaFong; Darkshear
I just love kitties
20 posted on 10/30/2010 4:43:36 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (If you try to remove the 1st Amendment, we'll just have to move on to the next Amendment)
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To: Parley Baer

Yep overhead shots will tell the story. I have not seen any yet, have you?


21 posted on 10/30/2010 4:43:39 PM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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To: Tea Roll

Meaningless article. Absolutely no sign that that the author is interested in the facts.

For instance, there are aerial photos of both events. He doesn’t even bother to show photos of the relative crowds. Or mention the fact that there were several rock start types there, that free food was provided, or that numerous people were bussed in.


22 posted on 10/30/2010 4:43:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: netmilsmom
Endless parade of human debris...
23 posted on 10/30/2010 4:44:52 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Tea Roll

Don’t care. Non producers shipped in for a clown show.

NAMBLA for restoring sanity was a nice thing to think about before an election. LOL


24 posted on 10/30/2010 4:45:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Tea Roll

I don’t care how many people they had. I’ve been to every Tea Party, Bachman event, Beck Rally etc. Some were formed with 5 days notice and we had 100,000 like at the Bachman event. I’d love to see these idiots do ANYTHING to draw a crowd again. Wouldn’t/Couldn’t happen. It’s all smoke and mirrors and won’t make a hill o beans difference after Tuesday!


25 posted on 10/30/2010 4:45:57 PM PDT by albie
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To: JLS

26 posted on 10/30/2010 4:46:06 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (If you try to remove the 1st Amendment, we'll just have to move on to the next Amendment)
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To: shalom aleichem; Minus_The_Bear




Credit, minus_the_bear
27 posted on 10/30/2010 4:46:30 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: Tea Roll
Yea Right, 50,000 tops


28 posted on 10/30/2010 4:47:29 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Tea Roll

Don’t really care!
Kind of sick of the pissing match about who had a bigger crowd.

Who had the better message is my interest. I don’t follow crowds.


29 posted on 10/30/2010 4:47:29 PM PDT by Jazz1968
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To: Tea Roll

beat it.


30 posted on 10/30/2010 4:47:29 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Tea Roll

Whoa... a City Paper estimate. Impressive.


31 posted on 10/30/2010 4:47:30 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Tea Roll

To quote Carl Sagan, “There were billions and billions.”


32 posted on 10/30/2010 4:47:34 PM PDT by seawolf101
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To: JLS

33 posted on 10/30/2010 4:47:49 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (If you try to remove the 1st Amendment, we'll just have to move on to the next Amendment)
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To: Tea Roll; darkwing104

So, what’s your screen name over at the DUmp?


34 posted on 10/30/2010 4:48:07 PM PDT by 50mm (I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.)
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To: Tea Roll

Sane people or Insane people?


35 posted on 10/30/2010 4:48:18 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Tea Roll

The insane had to be bribed with free “music” “comedy” food, transportation, etc. That’s no “rally” it’s all a put-on

And I bet they left the place a mess


36 posted on 10/30/2010 4:48:35 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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To: Tea Roll

The fewer that were there, the better for Mssrs. Stewart and Colbert. It was so stupid and boring from the get-go that anybody in attendance likely will never watch their shows again. Colbert’s dramatic re-enactment of the Chilean miners coming up the shaft was 3 rd grade level at the best. That was as far as I could have watched under any circumstances.


37 posted on 10/30/2010 4:48:37 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: advance_copy

WHOA!
Great job with the pictures!


38 posted on 10/30/2010 4:48:53 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: shalom aleichem; Tea Roll
Sorry, Libs. (Photo source: GatewayPundit)
39 posted on 10/30/2010 4:49:40 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Outlaw Woman

Looking at that photo, my guess is it’s barely enough to fill a football stadium.


40 posted on 10/30/2010 4:49:58 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: Tea Roll

250k? LOL Then the Tea Party rally drew 1m....

It’s amusing. I remember the days when Leftists could swing a rally the size of the Tea party rallies or larger. Now all their coordinated astroturfed efforts can only passably put together something over 100k. This impresses people? Hardly. The anti-war (really anti-America/Republican) rallies a few years ago were more impressive. The pro-amnesty/take back America for Mexico rallies were impressive. This is nothing.


41 posted on 10/30/2010 4:50:16 PM PDT by Soul Seeker ( I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim DeMint)
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To: advance_copy

One’s a big dill, the other’s a gherkin.


42 posted on 10/30/2010 4:50:59 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: albie

Perspective is important


43 posted on 10/30/2010 4:52:21 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (If you try to remove the 1st Amendment, we'll just have to move on to the next Amendment)
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To: Tea Roll
Trying to roll that toilet paper down the aisles here, are you, TP Roll?

T Roll

Troll

Aren't you clever.

44 posted on 10/30/2010 4:52:41 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Tea Roll

The count that matters will happen Tuesday night.


45 posted on 10/30/2010 4:52:41 PM PDT by born2bfree
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To: albie
You are so right.

You can't fake commitment. You can't fake patriotism or belief in a cause. Everything about the Left is phony window dressing. They had to bus in, if not outright pay, most of the attendees today. I guarantee you less than half the people there will even bother going to the voting booth on Tuesday.

46 posted on 10/30/2010 4:52:51 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: Tea Roll; darkwing104; Old Sarge; 230FMJ; 50mm; A.Hun; abigailsmybaby; AFPhys; Aircop_2006; ...
ZOT!

To be added or removed from the VK list, FReepmail Darkwing104.

47 posted on 10/30/2010 4:53:43 PM PDT by 50mm (I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

That’s not much of a crowd considering they were bussing people in.

And since I have some free time this evening, I’m gonna jam some ammo in some magazines. Seems like the thing to do.
Just saying.


48 posted on 10/30/2010 4:54:01 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: Tea Roll

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/10/30/2010-10-30_ride_to_rally_on_arianna_dime.html


49 posted on 10/30/2010 4:54:20 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

5, 100, 1500, 150K. You throw free birdseed in the air you attrack a lot of pigeons. lol


50 posted on 10/30/2010 4:56:15 PM PDT by stumptalker
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