The Strib’s Bob Van Sternberg apparently was at the Tea Party on Saturday.
He noted correctly that the attendance was down a bit; while there were 5-7,000 at the rally in 2009 and close to 2,000 last year. There were a couple hundreds there on Saturday:
A mere shadow of its showing in recent years, the annual “tax day” rally at the state Capitol attracted only a smattering of adherents on a cold, wet afternoon Saturday.
Van Sternberg is too modest.
Cold and wet is a May drizzle.
It was 33 degrees at noon, when I spoke, and there was snow on the ground, and a cold wet wind was howling from the north giving wind chills in the teens. Not prime rallying weather. More like Valley Forge.
And it’s an off year. No imminent elections, no serious presidential or Senate campaigning, the Legislature is settled for another year.
But he noted I was there:
“Is the Tea Party dead because it could only bring out a couple hundred people on a cold, snowy day?” asked radio talker Mitch Berg, adding, “No, the Tea Party is watching them. The Tea Party is coming for them.”
After the 2010 Tea Party, some in the media and left (ptr) said “look at the turnout!”. They were wrong, of course; they multiplied by a couple orders of magnitude and showed up at the polls in November.
By the way, an observer at the Capitol told me that attendance at the annual LGBT rally with Governor Dayton was “way down” from previous years.
Is it because the gay rights movement is dead?
Or is it because it’s an off-year, and the weather was in the fifties and “wind-swept?”