A Note About Tea Party Attendance

The tea partiers are getting gently mocked by the Democratic National Committee today for not having that many people at their rally on Capitol Hill. The DNC is claiming 300 people showed up to the rally today; as Ben Smith points out, a tea party activist put the figure at 2,000.

While today's event didn't have the big turnout seen at the 9.12 rally last September or the November rally at the Capitol, it's worth noting that this was somewhat of a last-minute affair: it was thrown together seven days ago.

One of the organizers told me then that he wasn't sure how many people would show up: "I'd be elated with 500, a thousand people, 1,500," he said. "With such short notice, it's hard to get a lot of people."