What if Herman Cain held a rally at the Capitol and no one showed up? Well, almost no one. Despite free registration, mass advertising and even free buses to transport people to the event, very few people bothered to show up for it on Monday. Dave Weigel has a report:
Signing up for Herman Cain’s “Revolution on the Hill” was easy. There were ads at the top of plenty of conservative news sites. The registration for three events — a Sunday reception, Monday morning seminar, and Monday afternoon rally — was free, and included a boxed lunch. Cainiacs had a full hour to get between the Virginia hotel where the seminar would be held and the Capitol lawn where they’d listen to speeches and music. Six free buses were available to move them.
Despite all that…Only 283 people signed up for the indoor seminars, and only 620 signed up for the rally. By my count, less than half of the first number honored their Eventbrite pledges; only a little more than one-third of the rally-goers actually showed up.
He says some vendors were upset because they were told to expect thousands of people. But this is my favorite part:
The Media Research Center has been handing out I DON’T BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA signs at conservative events across America. They had so many leftover signs that many wound up in the hands of a nearby tour group, perfect for bored young tourists to use as fans while they waited for their buses.
Hilarious. Herman Cain, your 15 minutes are officially over.