Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity Attendance

 The exact numbers cannot be ascertained right now but there are several factors at work.

1. The rally has a permit for about 80,000, which should give an impression on how many were expected.

2. The Huffington Post offered to bring in dozens of buses containing maybe 1,000 additional people.
3. MTV urged its employees to attend.
4. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert gave free rides to their shows.
5. There are a number of "satellite" rallies across the country.

So the final estimate will probably be about 80,000-120,000.

From the CBC article on the rally:

On his website, Stewart describes the event as a place for people who think "shouting is annoying, counterproductive and terrible for our throat, who feel that the loudest voices shouldn't be the only ones that get heard, and who believe that the only time it's appropriate to draw a Hitler moustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler."
He and Colbert are also encouraging attendees to bring signs with slogans such as "Real patriots can handle a difference in opinion," "It could be worse but let's not make it that way," and "Death to Nobody."

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