The Rally To Restore Sanity attendance is still uncertain today. Of course, the Rally To Restore Sanity attendance estimates are varied, with both low and high numbers. Comedy Central first believed that 60,000 people would show up, but the first estimates came in at around 150,000. Other guessers are bound to go higher, and perhaps go as high as half a million. But will the Rally To Restore Sanity attendance figures be projected as high as the Glenn Beck rally crowd – to say nothing of whether it was actually higher?
When Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced their rally plans, weeks after the “Restoring Honor” event, everyone thought it was a response to Glenn Beck. Even if Stewart and Colbert weren’t trying to match or mock Beck, many others compared the two events for them.
Therefore, the Rally To Restore Sanity attendance estimates are being put alongside all the projected numbers for the Glenn Beck rally. Although Beck claimed hundreds of thousands of people attended his event, the most conservative estimates put it at 87,000. If that is the most accurate count, then early numbers have Stewart and Colbert’s crowd nearly doubling it.
The first count for yesterday’s event was at 150,000, which far outweighs the lowest estimate for the Glenn Beck rally. But the same company that made that estimate went on to say that yesterday’s crowd was at 215,000.
If the Rally To Restore Sanity attendance was that much bigger than “Restoring Honor” then it serves as a handy talking point for left-wing supporters. Since liberals are looking for any good news, before Tuesday’s ominous midterms, having Stewart and Colbert outdraw Beck gives them something to go on.
Of course, Stewart and Colbert had a relative lack of politics in their act, as they called for sanity rather than a Republican defeat. Since even progressives were divided on their message, they might not see it as a help for the midterms. But if yesterday’s crowd was bigger than the Glenn Beck rally, then they can still say that Beck and the Tea Party aren’t as powerful as they think.
Beck and his crowd will likely say that the high Rally To Restore Sanity attendance count is a last gasp from the liberal media. But even if the Stewart/Colbert numbers are said to be higher, Beck and the Tea Party can point to the midterm polls as a counterpoint.
If the GOP and Tea Party candidates sweep to victory on Tuesday, as expected, then Beck will have more fun on his Election Night broadcast than Stewart and Colbert. Of course, the Glenn Beck rally may not be a big reason for a Republican victory, just as the Rally to Restore Sanity may not impact the Democrats one way or the other.
CBS News- “Jon Stewart Rally Attracts Estimated 215,000”
Daily Mail- “More than 60,000 attend Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert ‘Rally to Restore Sanity'”
The Brilliant Stories- “Jon Stewart beats Glenn Beck in battle of the rallies”