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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tea Party Rifts

Politico reports on the inevitable rifts in a decentralized movement:

When a group called the National Tea Party Federation took it upon itself to read California radio host Mark Williams and the Tea Party Express out of the insurgent movement because of Williams’s mocking and racially tinged attack on the NAACP, the media seized on the episode as evidence of the tea party movement’s struggle to purge racism from its ranks.

But for tea party organizers, who for months have grappled with what they contend are false allegations of racism, the incident highlighted a problem they believe is a more serious threat to the tea party’s longevity and effectiveness: the petty political disputes among rival leaders and groups competing, sometimes clumsily, to be the voice of a decentralized movement.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39940.html#ixzz0uFa5rTsn