The Post’s Dana Milbank catches the Bush campaign lying about the crowd size at their recent events:
On Tuesday, correspondents from The Washington Post and the Washington Times counted the crowds at President Bush’s three stops in Missouri, then compared the actual figure with the official Bush campaign figure:
Lee’s Summit: Actual attendance, 8,500. Bush count, 14,000. Sedalia: Actual attendance, 2,200. Bush count, 3,200. Columbia: Actual attendance, 8,000 to 9,000. Bush count, 14,000.
It seems that the Bush campaign is inflating its crowd counts by 45 to 75 percent. Some of this may be the result of people walking through metal detectors more than once, but there’s clearly some old-fashioned crowd padding going on.