Now we hear from our friend Jim Hoeft that the crowd size was somewhat less than even one-third:
Only Mrs. Palin can get a couple thousand people out on a hot, steamy Virginia night and listen to Republican red meat. Even the other luminaries who appeared onstage that evening - Lee Greenwood, Oliver North, George Allen and Jay Sekulow - would have had a difficult time drawing such an audience in liberal Norfolk - let alone on the campus of Old Dominion on a Sunday night in the summer.So now we've gone from "less than one-third" to about one-fifth.
But there they were - at least 2,000 adoring fans cheering at the top of their lungs as the former governor strode onto the stage.
Jim, if you don't understand why you were stopped from live-blogging the speech, then let me try to explain. You are probably too honest to be welcomed in Ms. Palin's circle of approved media types. You accurately described the size of the crowd and correctly characterized her speech as "boiler plate."
Jim, you're basically an honest guy. Why would a charlatan like Sarah Palin welcome you at any of her events?