April 22, 2010
Spouting off for the Tea Party: Williams draws fans, critics with fiery rhetoric (Peter Schworm, April 22, 2010, Boston Globe)
As chairman of the Tea Party Express, the traveling voice of the insurgent political group, Mark Williams has thrust himself onto the national stage with fiery, polarizing rhetoric that has won him both adoration and scorn, even in his own party.
The 54-year-old Massachusetts native regularly lambastes President Obama as a communist bent on undermining the Constitution, and last week likened him to such dictators as Stalin and Pol Pot. On his blog and elsewhere, he rails against Obama as an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug’’... [...]
At rallies and on his blog, Williams has consistently raised doubts about Obama’s citizenship, once telling a rally it was “even money’’ Obama was born in somewhere other than America.
When asked why he invokes the long-debunked smear, Williams said he sometimes exaggerates for effect to spur on the audience, and conceded that Obama was “probably’’ a natural-born citizen. But in the next breath, he claims public documents raise the possibility that Obama is both foreign-born and Muslim.
Admirable as it has been for W to leave the national stage to his successor, he's going to need to comne forward at some point and save the Party from such nutbaggery. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2010 6:09 AM