So I’m watching the live feed of Sarah Palin’s speech (it’s available at boston.com and also on NECN). So far, pretty standard-issue stuff — “spending bad, freedom good” etc. The crowd is cheering … but I’d say politely, rather than ecstatically.
Anyway, on Monday the Herald’s “Lone Republican,” Holly Robichaud, hilariously made the following prediction:
Liberals should brace for impact! This week Gov. Sarah Palin comes to Boston to hold the largest rally in our state’s history.
Well, NECN estimated “about a thousand people, maybe more” present to see Palin. I recall a certain gubernatorial candidate in 2006 pulling 5,000 people to the same Boston Common where Palin is speaking now.
So, “largest rally” fail. Sorry Holly. “Lone Republican” indeed.
UPDATE: I’m no crowd estimation professional, but from the TV pics, it looked to be 2,000-3,000 people, which is consistent with organizers’ predictions. Why Robichaud would say things like “largest rally in our state’s history” is unclear to me – it was not going to happen, it didn’t happen, and she looks silly for saying it.
Anyway, Palin’s speech is over. She talked for about 20 minutes. Anyone looking for real red meat would have been disappointed, I think. It was pretty tame stuff.
If you’re interested in the post-Palin goings-on, the Herald still has a live feed going at this link.