Showdown in Searchlight Tea Party

The red bus makes a scouting trip to Vegas.

The long awaited  Tea Party Express rally in Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight is finally happening.  Thousands of people have been streaming into town all morning.

PJTV is covering the rally, here. Fox News Livestreaming, here.

LVTSG is also covering the rally, live:

*Crowd Size Projections Rise to Well-Above 10,000+ Supporters

Throughout the night the staff of the Tea Party Express has been on-location at the site of today’s “Showdown in Searchlight” mega tea party rally.  The staff is dispatched in teams from the entrance point back through the giant 160-acre parcel of land the rally is being held on to guide supporters who have been arriving in RV’s and cars all throughout the night.

With hundreds of RV’s and cars already arriving, organizers at the Tea Party Express are revising the projected crowd size for the rally higher – and expect more than 10,000 supporters to attend this historic event.

Supporters are coming in from every county in Nevada and every state in the nation.

You can also follow events on Twitter with the #searchlight hashtag.

Love this tweet :@GaryWhitney: Will Scott Ashjian (Reids #Teaparty plant) dare show up at #Searchlight? Probably not. Too busy dodging his felony charges. #cot

Some great pictures are already being posted:

Looks like someone bought his “Easy to use” Tar and Feather kit. Posted on Twitpic by PJTV


I’ll continue to update throughout the day.

Here’s another pic via Marooned in Marin, who’s also covering the rally:

Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker, along with SNL’s Victoria Jackson,  Melanie Morgan, Mark Williams, Joe the Plumber, Roger Hedgecock and many others.

Also in Searchlight – R.S McCain, who’ll be providing live coverage as well.

Here’s another pic via YellinCNN on Twitter.

UPDATE:

Traffic is reportedly backed up for  miles on US 95 heading into Searchlight, with thousands of people stranded.

What do you know…Ace is heading for searchlight, too. I hope he’s not stuck in that traffic jam.

UPDATE:

Ha: On the same day the Dem Socialists at the DNC are appealing to the RNC to sign a “joint statement on civility”, Harry Reid supporters are pelting the tea party express bus with eggs.

Gateway Pundit: HARRY REID SUPPORTERS ATTACK TEA PARTY BUS!

Btw, the Republican response to the DNC?:Pound Sand, You Losers!

MORE drama involving Andrew Breitbart: Harry Reid Supporters Threaten Violence Against Breitbart at Tea Party Protest

UPDATE:

See The Patriot Room for video of  Sarah Palin’s keynote speech.

MORE on the egg throwing incident:

About 35 Reid supporters had lined Highway 95 in front of the Nugget Casino in Searchlight where they were attempting a counter-demonstration the tens of thousands of tea party supporters who are gathering for the “Showdown in Searchlight.”

35 supporters…Reid has quite a following there in Searchlight, doesn’t he?

Here’s a good picture of the crowd via Our Country Deserves Better on Facebook :

UPDATE:

The Tea Party Express sent me this media alert:

Crowd Estimates Range from 9,000 – 30,000 People for “Showdown in Searchlight”

Crowd estimates from 9,000 – 30,000+ people for today’s Tea Party Express “Showdown in Searchlight” event featuring Governor Palin.

Members of the press corps estimated the crowd size between 9,000 – 14,000 but the security and crowd control firm working the event estimated 30,000+.

Representatives from the security firm indicated they would be happy to confirm their estimates with interested members of the press, and based their estimates on their history of crowd control for other such public events.

UPDATE:

CNN Anchor: “At Least Dozens Of People” At Tea Party Event In Searchlight

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

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Kansas City Tea Party Planned For April 15th

It’s being touted as one of the largest in the nation. Last year’s tea party at the Liberty Memorial attracted 5,000 people. In light of recent events, I predict this one will be even bigger.

Via Resist.net:

We invite all Patriots, all Conservative like-minded groups, all Tea Party groups, etc. etc. to join us at Community America Ballpark, home of the Kansas City Tea Party Bones!!!!!

Featured Star & Keynote Speaker – Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani from RagingElephants.org

Musical Guest – Outlaw Jim & The Whiskey Benders!!!!

“980 Live” superstar Darla Jaye will be on-site to broadcast her show directly from the Tea Party!

Much Much More Including A Huge Tribute to our Troops and our Vets!!!!!

There is NO CHARGE to attend! The cost of admission is FREE!

Political Chips and ResistNet want everyone to attend and have a great time! We will be collecting contributions and attempting to raise funds for the DAV or Disabled American Veterans organization!!!!

Concessions will be open and provided by the stadium. You will have complete access to great parking, security, lights, bathrooms, and information from several first class organizations and campaigns.

You can RSVP for this event on the Political Chips Web Site.
***Directions To Community America Ballpark***

From the North: Take I-435 South on the Kansas side to Parallel Parkway West (exit #14B). Merge onto Parallel Parkway and continue west until 110th street. Turn left on 110th and look for parking lot entrance on the left.

From the South: Take I-435 North on the Kansas side to State Avenue West (exit #13B). Merge onto State Avenue and continue west until 110th street. Turn right on 110th and look for parking lot entrance on the right.

From the East: Take I-70 West to I-435 North on the Kansas side to State Avenue West (exit #13B). Merge onto State Avenue and continue west until 110th street. Turn right on 110th and look for parking lot entrance on the right.

From the West: Take I-70 East to I-435 North on the Kansas side. Take I-435 north to State Avenue West (exit#13B). Merge onto State Avenue and continue west until 110th street. Turn right onto 110th street and look for parking lot entrance on the right.

***Hotel Information***

For those of you coming from far away, we have identified three hotels that are within walking distance of the ballpark and the Legends. The first is the “Country Inn & Suites” and the number is 1-800-596-2375. The second is “Candlewood Suites” and their number is 1-877-226-3539. A 3rd option is Hampton Inn & Suites.

MORE:

FYI to all Kansas City area tea partiers – The Tea Party express makes a stop in Topeka on April 2:

Topeka, KS

Date/Time:

Friday, April 2nd at 10:00 am

Rally Location:
State Capitol (tentative)
300 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66612