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.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.
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.
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.