The McCain campaign, which admires celebrity now that it acquired one, has been claiming large crowds (though not Obama-size), and attributing those claims to local fire marshalls and the Secret Service.
But, as Colombo would have said, there’s just one little thing: the fire marshalls and the Secret Service say they don’t make such estimates, and a WaPo reporter who attended one rally where the McCainiacs claimed 23,000 attendees estimated 8,000.
“Who cares?” I hear you object. “McCain’s crowd sizes have nothing to do with his capacity to be President or the policies he would pursue, and no reasonable voter would regard large crowds as a reason to vote for him.”
Lying about stuff that matters is (discreditable) strategy. Lying just for practice about stuff that doesn’t matter is psychopathology.