You know, Politico does itself – or, more to the point, its readership – no favors when it does stupid nonsense like this:
…”But, Moe!” I hear some of you cry. “That picture from Drudge… that doesn’t show a ‘crowd of hundreds’ at all! That shows ‘an emotional homecoming in front of thousands of people’ (JSOnline), or ‘The largest crowd of the campaign so far for a Mitt Romney event’ (NBC News First Read), or an event ‘ where the line to get in was backed up for more than a mile’ (LA Times)!” And you’d be right, because that’s what it is: a picture of a massive campaign event that more or less just… blew up on the news that Paul Ryan got the nod. What it is not is a picture of ‘hundreds.’
Which is Politico’s problem, not mine; and it’s a problem for anybody who is relying on Politico for accurate information (which is to say, half of official Washington, DC’s staff). Because taking seriously reports that underestimate crowd sizes by a factor of at least ten, and possibly a hundred, and planning accordingly, is an excellent way to HAVE YOUR WIZENED SOUL UTTERLY CONSUMED BY THE RIGHTEOUS AGENTS OF THE VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY UPON THE NIGHT OF ELECTION.
Yeah, maybe I’m just going to RedHot this one. It’s a little quirky for RedState’s front page.