With tea party turnout estimates ranging from 341,472 to 551,000 (I even saw one on Bruce’s twitter feed at 750,000), it’s clear this grassroots movement is really catching fire across the nation. And we did it without either a central command or the resources of groups which organized rallies for more liberal causes and candidates.
Even if we go with that lower number, using the math of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), that’s over million people pledging their opposition to bloated budgets.
You see, Organizing for America, President Obama’s political organization, now run out of the DNC
. . . boasted in a series of press releases that 642,000 “pledges” [supporting the president’s budget] had been collected during a highly publicized national canvassing effort. The pledges were then printed out at Democratic National Committee headquarters and taken over to congressional offices.
But do 642,000 pieces of paper mean that 642,000 actual people signed up to back the president’s budget? Not quite.
Democrats got to 642,000 by tripling the number of people who signed the petitions:
Each American has three representatives in Congress — their two Senators and their Representative. Well, the DNC didn’t want anyone to be missed, so they made three copies of each signature and delivered them to each member. And it was that total (642,000) that was reported as supporting the budget, not the 214,000 unique signatures.
So, using the Democrats’ math, we multiple the number of participants by three to get the number of people pledging their opposition to higher government spending.