I’M BEGGING YOU
From Ed Driscoll.
PLAYING IT DOWN
Here’s the WaPo lede:
Conservative protesters by the tens of thousands crowded outside the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, a massive demonstration aimed at stopping what organizers called the over-expansion of the federal government under the Obama administration.
Tens of thousands? Technically accurate, but…
CABBING IT HOME
Calling from a taxi on the way back home, Stacy McCain said:
On our way out we spoke to Judith Knapp and her granddaughter Savannah Jackson, and they are from Baltimore. They were both wearing t-shirts that said American Patriot. I stopped and talked to them. Knapp said, “I’m not going to put her in debt, that’s my point.” And Jackson said, “Oh yeah!” to “are you a Beck fan?” after the subject of Cass Sunstein came up. “You wouldn’t believe what it’s like in the schools,” the indoctrination before and after the election, she added.
Plus this quip from Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), “You have redefined gridlock in Washington.”
BUT WHERE ARE THE HOT UNDERAGE GIRLS?
Courtesy of JeffDubya on Twitter.
It’s ABC (TV, radio? Not sure.) that pegged the crowd at two million, not CNN. Official estimate is 1.5 — but those numbers always sound inflated. Settle for a million and call it a damn fine day.
LIVE FROM THE MALL
Mike Pence again, addressing the crowd: “After years of fighting runaway government on this hill, you people look like the cavalry to me.” And: “I believe we are on the verge of a great American awakening.”
HERE IT COMES
Stacy was back on the phone, telling me about radio host Mason Weaver‘s speech — “I came here because I thought you might want to hear a black man speak without a teleprompter” — and then Ron Paul stepped onto the stage.
The crowd went so wild, I couldn’t hear Stacy anymore.
CORRECTION: It was a mere rumor of Paul then drove’em wild.
COMMENTING IT IN
I arrived at Freedom Plaza around 9:30 and the place was well stocked. We started marching at 10 towards the Capitol but it was hard to tell just how big the crowd was while amidst it. I got to the West Lawn which was covered with folks and their signs, and turning to look up Pennsylvania avenue, I was heartened to see a stream of marchers still flowing. I don’t know what a million people look like, and I would be surprised if it was anywhere near that, but we can leave that to others to argue. I thought it was an impressive turnout…..I wonder how the WAPO will cover it…front page or Metro section?