Fox: 476,537 Tea Party patriots rally in Columbia

Fitsnews: Politicians, political operatives and members of the media came close to outnumbering attendees at a much-hyped Columbia, S.C. Tea Party rally starring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday.

Only 300 people (including a horde of Palmetto political operatives) attended the event in downtown Columbia, S.C. – which is a generous estimate in our book. That attendance figure – confirmed by other media outlets – amounts to less than one-tenth the size of multiple crowds that have gathered at the S.C. State House in recent years in support of parental choice. It’s also roughly a tenth the size of the crowd that attended this same event in 2009.


Well, at least this guy enjoyed himself (although he looks a little lonely):

Hold on: I’ve just noticed this guy has a ‘McCain/Palin’ badge on his hat … will I tell him or will you? 😕

I thought maybe it was an old photo used for today’s article ….. but, eh, no:

Gov. Nikki Haley addresses a crowd gathered at the State House during a Tea Party rally, April 18

At least he found two over-taxed friends to sit with, so that was nice.

Meanwhile, you have to love the caption under this photo on The State website:


So, 300 is a “large” Tea Party crowd these days? 😆

22 Responses to “aw….”

  1. 1 V C prezOfan2
    April 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I’m sorry, but that guy looks like he might soon be in need of care, himself. Yeah, I know that looks can deceive. However, I’m also told that hate can corrode your insides. Poor uninformed, deluded soul!

    • 2 wwjjd
      April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Well, he definitely needs a dentist.

      My computer froze for about 30 seconds right at that old guy’s knees and wouldn’t let me scroll further. I thought for sure that he was going to have on a diaper. Even now knowing that he’s not wearing a diaper, he still looks like a big ole baby.

  2. 5 CEB
    April 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Compare the guy in the cat-in-the hat hat and the scary wide-legged, shorts to the people in the crowds who come to see and support the president. It is like the ridiculous and the sublime. Is this all that they’ve got?

  3. 6 StR
    April 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    300 would be big if they were a Spartan Army.


  4. 8 NCLady
    April 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Shouldn’t his sign say keep your government hands off my Medicare? Oh yeah, that’t right, it’s the republicans that want to kill Medicare.

  5. 11 hgerhard
    April 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Pity the poor Teaparty folks – the luster seems to be coming off rather rapidly. I think what is still left in the Teaparty is the hard-core, racist, hate-Obama faction. Those who thought they were just fighting the insufferable tax burden that this President supposedly had settled on them and the deficits caused by this President’s “out of control spending” may have finally begun to see the light. Given some relevant statistics and some plain facts, they are changing their minds and staying away from the Teaparty circus. As the old saying goes: You can fool some of the people………

    • 12 kelly
      April 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      Unfortunately the disgraceful poor excuse for American journalists will never let the “luster” go away from the GOPteaparty. They will continue to put lipstick on this pig.

  6. 13 lisa
    April 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    seriously…….the guy in the hat is kind of gross and kind of creepy. Naaaasssstttyyyyyy 😕

  7. 14 kelly
    April 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    “Make Obama a 1-termer* This sentiment is all that is crust of all this outrage we have been witnessing since January 2009. These people don’t give one sh*t about the deficit, jobs, the economy etc they only want this president, this man of color out of the white house. Why media chooses to disregard this and continue to treat these butthurt racists as if they are legitimate is baffling to me. I really wish one just one of our American journalists would come forth and tell America why they decided early in this president’s admin that they would embrace, help create, legitimize and continue to push these people. I don’t want to wait for the story years from now, I want to know why now.

    The new meme today is FLOTUS is using botox. *sigh* #ihatepeoplesomuch

    • 15 Yardarm756
      April 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Take it easy kelly. It’s all about ratings and air time. Why do they still have Pat Buchanan on the tube? Huntley/Brinkley and Cronkite would have put this to rest a long time ago.

      • April 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

        “Huntley/Brinkley and Cronkite would have put this to rest a long time ago.”

        That is so true, Yardarm – it says everything about today’s media that the likes of Buchanan has daily work as a pundit, they reach for the lowest common denominator every time.

      • 17 kelly
        April 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

        “Huntley/Brinkley and Cronkite ”
        God I wish I was around or I should say old enough to be aware and to witness real journalist like these. The sorry excuse for journalism us generation 44 has to get our news from is a disgrace.

  8. 18 Dorothy Rissman
    April 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    OMG! That guy is the a perfect cut the the baggers. hilarious.

  9. 19 Carolyn
    April 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Chipsticks…glad to see you mention Huntley/Brinkley and Cronkite. A young friend and I talked about that very thing today! How I LONG for those journalists. And yes, I would love to hear Tim Russert say one time: “Let’s go to the videotape” and catch the guy in his lies!
    I think we will see a slow turning of the teaparty worm. They can’t admit right now how wrong and stupid they were, so they will hide for a year. When they feel safe, they will quietly change their minds and realize what is the right way. It’s so hard to admit one is wrong, when one has been so SPECTACULARLY wrong. The lack of people at this rally shows the slow turning.
    Do you all realize that everyone of the Republican governors elected last November has fallen precipitously in their ratings? I think Scott of Florida has gone the lowest, but Kasich, Walker, and Snyder are sliding down the rain barrel to the cellar!

    • April 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Hey Carolyn, I have to give credit to Yardarm756 for mentioning Huntley/Brinkley/Cronkite – and what a great point he made, journalists of that quality would have wept at the nonsense the MSM serves us these days, in every corner of the globe.

  10. 21 kay360
    April 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    The way that guy is sitting, he looks like he is about to flush something alright, and it ain’t “Obamacare.”

  11. 22 anniebella
    April 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Close your legs and mouth Grandpa.

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