Tea Party Rally: More Flags, Fewer Angry Posters

Washington Wire wants to make one thing clear: don’t call us part of the lying liberal media conspiracy. But there really weren’t 25,000 people at the Washington Monument for a tea party rally last night.

We know that the speakers claimed it was so, but we estimate that the number was less than half of that, at best. You can take their word for it, or ours, because the National Park Service isn’t going to arbitrate this one. (Check out this primer of sorts.)

The speeches sounded as fiery as ever, including from Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, and Lord Christopher Monckton, the British climate change skeptic who told the crowd: “The British tea tax was a lot cheaper than ObamaCare.”

But the Thursday night crowd was more subdued than tea party activists at town hall meetings last summer; they waved more flags and displayed fewer angry posters.

Wall Street Journal
4/16/10