See our slideshow from the rally, including all the witty signs.
(For a fuller report from the scene, click here.)
Just thought I'd head off the obvious criticisms.
CBS estimated that the crowd at Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear in Washington DC drew some 215,000 attendees, though my favorite part of that story was this:
TBD reported that because of the high turnout many would-be rally attendees retreated to bars to watch the event.
A not insignificant number, I'm told.
If you didn't get to the rally site by 9 a.m., you were likely out of luck when it came to finding a spot to join your fellow liberals in politely chuckling at the antics of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and...Father Guido Sarducci? Were Waylon Flowers and Madame busy?
People were still attempting to join the Rally well after noon, adding to the logjam. 215K is a shit-ton of people, but I wouldn't be surprised if that ended up being low.
It was a beautiful day for a well-meaning diversion, the weather making the often lengthy standstills in the crowd merely inconvenient, not life-threatening.
And it was, without a doubt, the politest crush of mankind I've ever been a part of. It sure as hell beat the mosh pit at that Ministry show in '92.
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Frankly, I'm surprised the entertainment Comedy Central pulled in wasn't a bit more -- how to put this politely -- A-list. No offense to Sheryl Crow, but when Cat Stevens and Tony Bennett are among the biggest names, it doesn't really seem like it warrants that size crowd.
But most people were there for Stewart and Colbert, and they delivered, even if the obviously hastily rehearsed bits sometimes fell apart. Colbert made his appearance in a Fenix rescue pod, a la the Chilean miners, but was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempts to use fear footage montages to defeat "nemesis" Stewart.
Much more entertaining were the signs, a constant parade of sarcasm and mild irritation. I took pics of as many as I could, and even managed a few crowd shots, at great personal risk to life and Porta-John roof integrity.
Inevitably, one has to wonder what, if anything, will come out of all this. More on that in the print edition of this week's Houston Press.