This is what happens when you are an outright amnesty proponent and then get caught changing your vote when you realize amnesty is going to fail. Notice the massive crowd at Brownback’s speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.
There’s my two cents.
Brownback’s campaign is contacting bloggers (of which there are numerous, I assume, given the generic verbage of their message) who have linked to the picture of Brownback’s non-existent crowd at this speech. Here’s what they say:
The photo of Brownback at St. Anselm is highly disingenuous. There were over 50 people at the speech as they came and went over the lunch hour. That shot was taken at the end of the Q&A after the students had left to make it to their 1p classes.
From New Hampshire Presidential Watch:
The above photo was taken at the Sam Brownback speech at Saint Anselm College.
The Drudge Report had a copy of the picture under the headline: What Happens When A Politician Goes To New Hampshire: And No One Shows Up…
In Brownback’s defense, I was at the event and the photo was taken after most students had left because they had to make their 1:00 classes.
See also: Boston Globe
UPDATE: A reader writes in to National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez (see bottom of post) about an e-mail exchange he had with a professor that was at the event. The professor said:
There were about 75 people there, including faculty and students. ….
That particular photo was taken towards the end of the event after some 20 students or so had to take off for class. Such is life.
Okay, so there were as many as 75 people there. Are we supposed to be impressed that a presidential candidate can draw a ‘crowd’ of 75?