I searched high and low, and finally found photos from Midnight Blue Says, via American Power. My computer abilities being pretty much at caveman level, I was unable to attach the photos to my post. So, here are the links: Overflowing Trashcan and Paper Litter. Midnight Blue has many other photos worth viewing there, too.
Like other rallies before this one, ReasonTV was there to ask questions:
Americans for Prosperity has released an amusing video, titled Stewart-Colbert Smugapalooza:
DaTechGuy should get an award for the most succinct summation evah.
Of course, we have more on the numbers game, like it even matters. A huge crowd arrived for both Beck’s and Stewart’s Rallies. Fine. The whole “my rally is bigger than yours” debate reminds me of an argument over the relative size of a man’s you-know-what.
Still, I notice that folks on the left tend to take that CBS lowball of the Beck Rally (87,000) as gospel. Apparently, CBS more fairly assessed the Sanity Rally at 215,000. So the more insecure among the left have a morsel of proof that their you-know-what is bigger than ours, which might make them feel a little better.
Anyway, if you are into measuring the size of . . . things, go over to Charlie Martin’s step-by-step analysis. If you prefer the visual comparison, check out Patterico’s Pontifications.
Here’s my two cents. I watched two hours of the Stewart Rally yesterday, and it was . . . pretty boring. It would have been a lot better in person, wandering the crowd and enjoying the costumes and signs. A lot of signs were funny. I especially liked the one in the AforP video that said “Thank You For Reading My Sign.” The bunny sign was good, too.
Folks at the Stewart Rally made signs like this because they think Tea Party people are getting bent out of shape over nothing. I get it, and I can totally laugh at their gentle mockery of our Chicken Little tendencies. Yep, you’ve got us pegged. (Is our fear really that misplaced, however? We shall see.)
But. Don’t try to tell me that the Stewart Rally is proof that “liberals at heart really do long for reason and civility; righties at heart are all about anger and resentment.”
I mean, really? Yes, “Christine O’Donnell Crazy Bitch Witch” is a lovely example of Liberal Civility, is it not? How about “God Hates Bags?” I can admit the fact that there is incivility on both sides: yes, that includes my own. Can you?
Here’s my final point. I remember being informed that Beckapalooza and the Tea Party Movement are completely devoid of substance, having only resentments and empty rhetoric to fuel them. Ostensibly, then, we are not worth much attention.
Yet, the Stewart Rally sure shows that we are garnering a lot more attention than we supposedly deserve. A lot of effort and money was spent to counter our “empty rhetoric” and our displays of “tribal dominance.”
Hmm. If I call the Stewart Rally a display of tribal dominance filled with empty rhetoric, I am wrong, though. Right?
We’ll see soon enough, me thinks. We’ll see.
UPDATE: Ha! I just found, via the always-amusing feller at Fleece Me, the very best Stewart Rally coverage on the ‘net. (Yes, it’s true. I arrived at that conclusion using a very complex and completely objective humor-to-fact and truth-to-power rubric analysis.)
The title alone is guffaw quality: The Rally for Ironically Detached Hipsters. Go now, read the whole thing. I wish I was that dang funny.