The Rally To Restore Sanity crowd estimate is bound to be debatable. Of course, the Rally To Restore Sanity crowd estimate will be compared to the Glenn Beck rally numbers, much like the events themselves. The Beck rally got several different counts, although the most conservative one was ultimately 87,000. However, this gathering probably won’t have high counts like 300,000+, or half a million. In fact, the highest Rally To Restore Sanity crowd estimate is at 150,000 so far.
Nowadays, the biggest talking point of a rally is about the crowd, and the disagreements over attendance. Jon Stewart and company even joked about it at the start, as the Daily Show correspondents tried to count the people – and their demographic – one by one.
However, the first Rally To Restore Sanity crowd estimate was taken by the opening act. Before Stewart and Stephen Colbert even came out, “Mythbusters” Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage announced that 150,000 people were there. Colbert himself later joked on Twitter that he should move into a “150,000 seat theater.”
These initial attendance figures are bound to draw skepticism by some. When the Glenn Beck rally got an estimate of 87,000 at first, supporters protested, and claimed that they were deliberately undercounted. To have this liberal-friendly gathering get twice as much in the first count will likely rile them up again.
There are certain to be other Rally To Restore Sanity crowd estimates before the weekend is out, from more official sources. But since attendance figures are not officially counted anymore, there is no way to know who is really right. Therefore, there is always an argument, and a lot of wiggle room.
At the least, “thousands” are being credited in attendance so far. Yet if the final official count is too low or too high, Stewart likely won’t mind one way or the other. He told the crowd that he was just happy to see them – and in any case, he and Colbert have a live Election Night special to plan for now.
Arguing about the Rally To Restore Sanity crowd estimate likely goes against the event’s message. Yet although the day was largely free of politics, sections of the left and right are still certain to use it as a referendum. Of course, that depends on whether attendance numbers grow high enough, or low enough.
Thus far, the Glenn Beck rally holds the bar with the most disputed attendance count. Whether the Rally To Restore Sanity crowd was bigger or not, those who heard Stewart’s message are likely too sane to care now.
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