In the grand tradition of Politico, famous for oversimplifying damn near everything, Obama wins the day because Beck’s 8/12 project was a bust. Despite early, frantic, utterly unrealistic estimates of 2 million protesters (thanks for your professionalism, Michelle Malkin), Beck himself put the numbers at 40,000, and networks adjusted that up to about 60,000.
That’s 3.33% of the crowd Obama drew, on a bitterly cold day in January, for his inauguration. There were single lines onto the National Mall that had more people than Beck’s protest, despite below-freezing temperatures.
And Obama ran commercials during Beck’s show. Vae victis.