Any of these crowd scenes look like 10,000+ people to you guys?

After much hunting, I found a local news helicopter shot of crowd:
It took some doing.
CNN, reporting on Palin's speech, doesn't pan away to show her audience, not once.
More crowd scene, and here too.

I think later updates put the crowd at around 8,000.
Wonder what that comes to per head, out of pocket, for the organizers. 
Especially once you take out the security people, the employees, the news crews, curious locals come to see the circus, and the like.
What does it cost to get a single angry retiree onto a bus and on site?
(The retiree isn't a random slam, the demographics of the crowd definitely skew older, whiter.)
Dang, if I were one of the professional organizers setting this up, or the right-wing loonies financing it, I think I'd want my money back.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Sarah Palin is wasting everyone's time. Maybe retirees don't mind, but I've got better things to do.


  2. I have been thinking the very same thing. There could be 30 people show up and the damn media would act like it was a THRONG. When they showed her on the national news stumping for McCain (what a pair) it looked like there were maybe 200 people in the crowd. Could we just get some FACTS from somewhere just ONCE?!?!?!


  3. Maybe they add on the numbers they shave off for other, less approved-of events? To keep the universe in balance.


  4. I like the idea of creative accounting.So two off-the-radar activities equals one attendance-equivalence at something respectable.Sorta works.


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