Oh, and don’t forget “racist-in-chief.”
Mark Williams, a former journalist and talk-show host, is one of the two employees of Our Country Deserves Better who address the crowds that come out for the Tea Party Express bus. He was one of the speakers at the 9/12 rally. OCDB, run by California Republican operative Howard Kaloogian and Republican PR exec Sal Russo of Russo, Marsh & Rogers, is an offshoot of an “independent expenditure” anti-Obama outfit form the 2008 campaign.
Williams appeared on Anderson Cooper, and Cooper confronted him with the “Muslim” and “racist” quotes above; Williams didn’t back off. That sort of destroyed his attempt to portray the Tea Parties as mere patriotic rituals.
This isn’t just a matter of a few loons carrying loony signs. The organizers of the Tea Parties hired this stone bigot to be their mouthpiece.
The people who are against Obama and health care reform but who aren’t lunatics, and who are contemplating going to a Tea Party event, are in much the same position as patriotic Iraq War opponents offered an anti-war rally organized by A.N.S.W.E.R.
Going meant, knowingly or not, forwarding a project of the orthodox Leninist Workers’ World Party. Going to a Tea Party means supporting the project of a group that thinks Mark Williams is an appropriate spokesman.
Here’s hoping that the Tea Parties will do to opposition to health care reform what the A.N.S.W.E.R. demonstrations did to opposition to the Iraq War: fatally weaken it at a key moment by associating it with fringe ideas.