Because of the wild pre-inauguration predictions of how many would attend in person -- up to 5 million! -- my reality-based estimate was ignored by many left-wing commentators and embraced by those on the right..... I am amused to see that those who embraced my Obama inauguration estimate as soberly realistic are now attacking the Beck rally estimate, produced using exactly the same methods, as deliberately biased."More disturbing, the company has received "hundreds of hate mails and angry phone calls" about their crowd estimates from angry tea-partiers.
Hate mail. Over a sober technical calculation.
In the days to come, I'll be posting some ruminations about the air of suppressed violence that seems to accompany the tea-partiers.