Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thousands show for Kill The Bill rally, not so much for Coffee Party kickoff

Passion breeds momentum and in Minnesota they have the passion to see ObamaCare dead and buried. The Star Tribune reports that a rally held at the State Capitol grounds, headline by Rep. Michele Bachmann drew 2,000 to 4,000 (depending who you ask) protesters.

Ed Morrissey from Hot Air was also in attendance and he says there were more like 3,000 – 4,000 and he has the pictures and video to prove it. 
From Morrissey: I’m not a crowd-estimate expert, but clearly we had more than 2,000 people at the rally.  I spoke about halfway through the event and people were still walking up to the crowd after I finished.  I’ve taken images from video shot immediately after I left the stage, and I’ll let people guess for themselves.  These are taken from left to right of the crowd directly in front of the dais, which doesn’t capture at least a few hundred more on the wings and behind us: 

I’d have put the crowd somewhere between three and four thousand.  They were not just numerous — the largest rally I’ve personally attended at this venue — but also enthusiastic.  Some got a little overly enthusiastic, such as the few who brought actual pitchforks.  (They were asked to step to the back of the crowd.)  Almost every sign carried to the rally was homemade, as you can see from the pictures.  They all came out to the capital on a day where the temperature didn’t get above 40 degrees during the entire rally, and where a cold wind blew across the mall. 
More photos from the event can be found here.

Meanwhile yesterday also marked the national launch of the Coffee Party movement, which was lavished with praise by the media. Coffee Party coffee clutches sprang up all across America. The turn out was... eh. How about I let The Lonely Conservative tell you: 
A few dozen people are showing up at “coffee parties” and the main stream media acts like it’s news. In St. Louis 2300 people showed up to protest Obama, yet only 30 attended the first official coffee party in the same city. (Via Instapundit) Tampa’s coffee party didn’t attract many more, with only about 40 showing up. In Manhattan, they had to change venuesbecause of the large crowd – a whopping 20 people! I guess that’s nothing compared to the thousands who turned out for a Tea Party in Minnesota. 
Here is the video from the New York Coffee Party:

Only 20 people in New York City showed up? The first Tea Party in NYC last year drew 13,000! 13,000 Tea Partiers in a hardcore leftwing town like NYC and only 20 people bothered to attend the NYC Coffee Clutch. I guess even leftwing New Yorkers know Astroturf when they see it.

Via: Hot Air

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