Monday, July 19, 2010

Tempest in the Tea Party

After vehemently denying that there are racists in the Tea Party, the people who say they represent the real Tea Party kicked out Mark Williams of the Tea Party Express for being a racist.

The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that seeks to represent the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled Williams and his Tea Party Express organization because of the inflammatory blog post Williams wrote last week, federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday. In response, Williams announced in another statement on his blog that, “I am refusing all media requests on this” and canceled a scheduled interview on CNN to discuss the controversy Sunday evening, citing a last-minute change in travel plans.

Mr. Williams then turned on his fellow tea partiers in fit of pique.

“That careless individual tea partier who assumed the mantel of ‘leadership’ did so long enough to turn a critical and serious movement and delicate peace with skeptical groups into a World Wrestling style personality conflict with me at the center,” Williams said. “There are internal political dramas amongst the various self-anointed tea party ‘leaders,’ and some of the minor players on the fringes see the Tea Party Express and Mark Williams as tickets to a booking on “Fact [sic] the Nation.’ “

Who could have predicted that a fractious group of grumpy paranoids without any leadership or agenda other than nameless and faceless fearmongering as their common thread would come to this kind of squabbling?