The National Tea Party Federation has expelled conservative commentator and Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams over a fictional letter Williams wrote on his blog last week from "Colored People" to Abraham Lincoln.So if you are a member of the Tea Party Express, you are out--no longer a member of the Tea Party movement, so says the National Tea Party Federation.
"We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote," federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation."
This was the only choice for the Tea Party movement if it was going to try and shed the racist label the NAACP had so firmly fastened onto the organization as the result of Mark Williams' behavior. So the Tea Party movement has made a gesture in the right direction, but it remains to be seen if the rank and file will go along. Will the National Tea Party Federation be able to keep other racists from using the Tea Party as a platform for their beliefs? What if Williams becomes a martyr for the racist elements within the Tea Party movement? Will the racists go quietly, now that the National Tea Party Federation has asked them to?
Only time will tell.