There's a lot to parse in this column about the September 19 Milwaukee teabagging by Patrick "Iraq war opponents are a surrender caucus" McIlheran, and the Brawler hopes to get to it. But he did want to zero in on this claim by McIlheran apropos of the crowd's size:
5,000 to 10,000 fellow Wisconsinites protesting high taxes
Based on the Brawler's observation of the baseline crowd at the Milwaukee tea party (perhaps just north of 1,000 when festivities began) it is difficult to imagine, based on simple logistics, how the crowd hit 5,000. That size, indeed, seems on the outside. Claims of 10,000 are ludicrous. And while it may be difficult to distinguish a crowd of, say, 800,000 from 1 million, a crowd of 5,000 vs. 10,000 at a relatively narrow strip of ground at the lakefront would look very different. So it's not clear how McIlheran came up with this estimate. (For what it's worth, Charlie Sykes pimps the 10,000 number.)
The Brawler would also note that a claim of 10,000 people directly contradicts the reporting of an actual JS reporter with actual reporting experience (as opposed to Patrick's two years of reporting experience in small town Minnesota before being kicked to a desk) of "several thousand."
But, to borrow from a different headline by Pat "Astrophysicist" McIlheran, "not whether it's true; whether it's useful."
Also: was Patrick there to gauge the crowd size?
Below: Teabagger, who must be taken seriously, protests high taxes.