Just a couple of early thoughts about the rallies as I sit on the Metro bringing me back to Maryland.
1) The crowd was huge. I think a lot of people underestimated the draw of this event. Stewart’s appeal was evident through the turnout – and I’m really excited to see the crowd estimates. And to demonstrate the size…twitter, facebook, and pretty much all Internet use was down while at the rally (at least for me).
2) Don’t get me wrong…the rally was awesome and I’m really glad I went. But a rally is about the crowd and the experience, so I didn’t hear quite a bit of the actual program. I’m going to need to watch the rally to understand what went with that context and to get all the jokes.
3) But from what I did hear, one thing was clear. This was a political rally above anything else. While comedy may have to make the point, the point was political. But it was political in the best sense – about contributing to democracy – not about supporting a particular party or position.
Well, those are my first thoughts. I plan to post more later, including some of our favorite signs. I’m not looking forward to the 15 hour drive home tomorrow.