News Roundup for 11/1/10

Costumed rally-goers
These people are sane

-Headline of the Day-
"Jon Stewart Rally Attracts Estimated 215,000."

OK, now that's impressive. CBS News hired the same firm, AirPhotosLive.com, to estimate crowd size that they hired for the big Beck rally. The result? Beck's 87,000 is 40% of what turned out for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. If you're interested in the complex methodolgy used to determine the crowd sizes, CBS posted that very unexciting information here.

In fact, the crowd was so large that local DC news site TBD reported, "Massive turnout for Saturday's rally quickly overwhelmed the Mall, forcing thousands of people into nearby streets and eventually, just giving up and leaving." This turned out to be a boon for local bars, where the live feed was no doubt running on plenty of TVs.

"The normally spacious bar at Clyde's quickly became standing room only. A line formed on the sidewalk to get inside the Iron Horse Tap Room," TBD says. "By 2 p.m., the wait for a table for four at Carmine's was at least an hour."

Watching the rally from a block or two away over a few cold ones and a plate of chicken wings? Now that's sanity. (CBS News)

-"I have a memory"-
From the "people don't vote for things, people vote against things" file and an organization, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, who get it.

Seriously great. Seriously. (YouTube)

-Bonus HotD-
"O'Donnell accuses station of 'forgetting' to air her campaign ads."

Wow. Christine O'Donnell shot a half-hour closing argument for the elections and it never aired. Why? According to Christine, "We are told channel 28 'forgot' to air it...both times... even though we paid for the time slot last week." This seemed kind of unlikely, because it's not like TV stations scratch out their schedules on an Etch-A-Sketch or something -- "Oh crap, we forgot to run Two and a Half Men again! Who bumped this thing?" They've got computers and everything.

Turns out, it was Christine who forgot -- to pay.

You guys in Delaware are really dodging a bullet on this one. I'm sure that TV spot would've totally clinched the election for her. (The Hill)

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