Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sarah Palin harangues empty arena in Norfolk

Has the Palin "wave" started to subside?
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin headlined a boisterous rally Sunday night of conservative politicians, broadcasters and religious leaders who one by one blasted the policies of President Barack Obama.

Freedom Fest 2010, held in Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, was billed as a salute to the military and public-safety workers.

The audience filled less than one-third of the arena, but many who showed up said they were looking for something to cheer.
This is classic Tea Party spin: throw an event, exagerate how many people came, and declare it a big success. Now let's get to the facts: the Ted Constant Convocation Center has a capacity of about 10,000 when seating is placed on the floor. Palin "filled less than one third of the arena," meaning she pulled less then 3,334 people for her event--that's a whole lot of empty.

I wonder if they even managed to cover their costs. Between the speakers' fees--Palin doesn't speak for free, and there were several other "for profit" conservatives there--and of course the arena wasn't free either.

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