[Guest post by DRJ]
H/T Instapundit, who also posts a photo from Mary Katharine Ham. Ham says House Democratic leaders are concerned about the protest and have emailed talking points that up to 2 million people could attend. Like Ham, I think that’s fishy. Her colleague Greg Sargent suggested the House leadership memo predicting huge turnout “could have been written in hopes that it would leak and inflate expectations for turnout, anticipating that it will fall far short.”
Like a loyal lapdog, the media jumps on board the Democratic talking points. According to Vodkapundit’s Stephen Green who is
attending the protest watching the protest from his sofa at home, and getting on-the-ground reports from Stacy McCain and photos from Barbara Spinosa:
“It’s ABC (TV, radio? Not sure.) that pegged the crowd at two million, not CNN. Official estimate is 1.5 — but those numbers always sound inflated. Settle for a million and call it a damn fine day.”
***UPDATE: ABC did not report 2 million attendees. A FreedomWorks speaker misquoted ABC on the crowd’s size. END UPDATE***
Green also notes the popularity of Ron Paul:
“Stacy was back on the phone, telling me about radio host Mason Weaver’s speech — “I came here because I thought you might want to hear a black man speak without a teleprompter” — and then Ron Paul stepped onto the stage.
The crowd went so wild, I couldn’t hear Stacy anymore.
CORRECTION: It was a mere rumor of Paul then drove’em wild.”